Making INSIGHTFUL Maps SINCE 2004
Spatial Information is best described as 'Events in Time and Space'
Using REMOTE SENSING - MULTI-SPECTRAL imagery, we are able to help you evaluate the health of your space. From strawberry patches to complete ranch's you are able to gather invaluable and insightful information as to what is going on
Using UAV (drone) technology, we are able to create imagery from Infra-red along with the more common standard visible light rays. This enables us to model aspects of plant health that are otherwise invisible to the human eye. Stress and disease are able to be acted upon as soon as the plants are effected, as well as mapping to very specific areas of a field.
Less spray/chemicals, targeted application made easy.
The use of a drone on the vineyard is particularly useful, from a sustainable point of view, as it provides insights into the terrain, irrigation and growth of the vines. Taking regular photos allows these aspects to be viewed over time. For a small vineyard (4 hectares) this is verification of the observations made by myself as owner and principal viticulturist on the vineyard. For large vineyards this would be particularly useful as it is much more difficult for the owner or viticulturist to achieve such an overview.
The drone pictures in alternate spectrums, VARI and NDVI, are especially useful in the later stages of vine growth as it is very easy to see issues with the irrigation system. When a dripper in the under-vine dripper hose fails it turns into a “gusher” and these are plainly visible in the NDVI spectrum as small green circles. Also detectable are the “hard” terrain areas in the vineyard. These are areas which are “gravel shoulders” and they do not hold the irrigation water and are low in nutrients. This shows clearly in the VARI spectrum taken in January, (compare the red areas to the green areas).
Another issue in the vineyard that is detectable in alternate spectrums is “over-vigour” where the vines get too much water and nutrients. This causes the vines to grow too many laterals and leaves which need to be managed by manual thinning. These are the green areas on the vineyard in the later stages of growth (visible in the January and February pictures)
Such information will help to optimise the future maintenance of the irrigation system, with the intention of increasing water flow to the hard areas (red in enhanced spectrum) and decreasing the water flow in the areas of “over-vigour”.
Grey Ridge Vineyard is fully accredited as “Sustainable” by the NZ Winegrowers Association (the national body for all vineyards and wineries inNZ).
We capture high resolution imagery that you can view as a 2D plan or 3D to view the exact topography. Take measurements off the image to evaluate stock pile volumes, quickly measure areas that need filling or a profile across a section of your workplace
Plant Counting & Plant Health
You have planted at the required rate- do you know what the true germination strike rate is?
We are able to count the entire paddock, not samples. Evaluate the health of the plants, the percentage of weeds, and much more
Land IQ Insights Training
As part of our ongoing training, we have just completed a 3 day workshop exploring the many new options available for modelling terrain, water sheds, run offs etc from Manifold 9.
Participants left to right Matt Sole (Archaeology) Henk Roodt (Spectral Analysis) Graeme Granger (Marine) Colin Aldridge ( Geology) Shane Duncan (Mechanical) Henry (Student) and TJ Glover (GIS)