Preparing to Fly
Survey operations take a lot into consideration before, during, and after a post-catastrophe flight. The first set questions that need to be answered include: what is the magnitude of this impact and when can we safely have a plane on location for capture? If there isn’t a pilot close by, can we safely get one to the area?
Once we’ve identified an event and verified that we can capture it, the team looks to the weather forecast to ensure that there are no remaining threats that would put our pilots in danger. Further, our users rely on Nearmap ImpactResponse surveys to be high resolution, so the forecast has to be clear enough to allow for crisp imagery without much obstruction.
With a flight time determined, internal and external communication channels are set to create a fluidity across each stage of the post-catastrophe survey process. This includes understanding realistic timeframes between capture and publish dates, as well as the logistics of ensuring viable data as it goes from the aircraft to our office. Every decision and step is strategically made with the goal of quick, efficient, and safe outcomes for all involved with gathering post-disaster aerial imagery.