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Survey Team To Go Soon

Two Fijians are members of a South Pacific drone team that will conduct a survey on Christmas Island. The team from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) will be
10 Feb 2015 10:30
Survey Team To Go Soon
From left; Ocean and Island’s Programme Coastal Hydrodynamic modeller Herve Damlamian (left), SPC senior technical assistant Zulfikar Begg and SPC coastal mapping officer Amrit Raj, with the Trimable UX5 drone. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Two Fijians are members of a South Pacific drone team that will conduct a survey on Christmas Island.

The team from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) will be leaving next week Tuesday.

The team is made up of team leader and Ocean and Island’s Programme Coastal Hydrodynamic modeller Herve Damlamian, senior technical assistant Zulfikar Begg, coastal mapping officer Amrit Raj and four other officials from Kiribati.

Mr Damlamian said they were requested by the Kiribati government last year to conduct the survey to map vulnerable areas and also develop some recommendation for decision makers to support planning for future development.

“So, this is the first phase of the project where we are going on the ground to collect some data.

“We will take our drone to collect high resolution topography data then we are going to collect some sea level data.”

The team will be using a Trimble unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) drone to carry out the survey.

The drone was purchased by SPC in July last year and was collaboratively funded by Australia and New Zealand worth NZ$60,000.

It was first used during one of their projects at Tarawa in Kiribati.

The survey will take a month and the processing and compilation of the data will extend to five months.

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