An engineering company is using the Novadrone’s Nour to evaluate archaeological remains at the location of a future photovoltaic solar power plant in the Atacama Desert (Chile)
The northern zone of Chile has the highest solar incidence in the world. This is the main reason why companies who are specialized in the promotion and execution of large solar power plants have concentrated in this region to develop their activity. The design of these projects is very detailed and very precise information is required in order to be ableto identify where the plants are to be located.
Drone or RPAS (Remotely Airborne Systems) have become the best technological alternative to elaborate topographic maps. These systems, in addition to obtaining very accurate data, have the advantage of producing results quickly and at a very low cost, compared to traditional surveying systems.
Evaluation of archaeological remains
During the planning phase of the photovoltaic plants an archaeological inspection was carried out in the area of influence using the Novadrone Nour.
The archaeological inspection was carried out by means of an ocular inspection and to identify identifiable and observable cultural remains exclusively on the surface. This was carried out by the examination and observation of exposed sediments, excavations for extraction of aggregates, roads, footprints, trails, extensions Flat terrain, occasional water courses among others. Satellite images were also used to identify landmarks in the map and the available bibliographic records were used.
In the image it is possible to observe, firstly, an aerial photograph obtained with the NOUR, where the only archaeological remains were found in the south east part of the plant and can be appreciated in detail. Secondly, the high resolution orthophotography obtained by the flight of the NOUR, whose image covers a total of 500 hectares and has a resolution of 2.6 cm per pixel. And finally, a map made from satellite images.
In preliminary form and with the information available from the field visit and satellite images. A protection area was established that affected more than 130 hectares of the 500 hectares that formed the site for the photovoltaic solar plant. But thanks to the analysis of the high resolution images obtained by the Novadrone NOUR, it was possible to determine the exact location of the only archaeological remains found on the site, and an area of special protection of 2 hectares was established.
This is one of the best examples of how drone technology allows for more accurate and lower cost information than other traditional systems. This information improves the quality of engineering projects, streamlines procedures and allows better protection of cultural heritage, while enabling the development of new energy infrastructures .
The Novadrone NOUR
The Novadrone NOUR is a professional RPAS, very versatile and with an autonomy superior to the two hours. The engineering companies that have added the NOUR to their surveying equipment have the capacity to cover up to 350 hectares per flight, with a resolution of up to 1 cm per pixel. With these benefits, in a single working day the yield reaches 1,400 hectares.
Founded in 2012, Novadrone is a drone engineering company specializing in the development of professional design drones and innovative technology. Novadrone’s approach is to provide quality information quickly and efficiently to improve decision making, reduce operating costs and minimize risks to people. With an international presence, Novadrone participates in R & D projects together with universities, research centers and other private companies throughout the world.
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