Using drones for revitalizing informal settlements in Indonesia

April 26, 2019
Drones for settlement revitalization by Terra Drone Indonesia
Sample result of baseline modeling

Makassar, Indonesia: Terra Drone Indonesia has taken part in implementing the Revitalizing Informal Settlements and their Environments (RISE) program, especially in the topographic mapping and building modeling using drones. The program was initiated by Monash University in collaboration with the University of Hasanudin. The mapping activity with the drone was completed in 11 selected residential locations in the city of Makassar, South Sulawesi, from February to March 2019.

RISE program itself is a testing program with Water Sensitive Cities approach in 24 urban slums in Indonesia and Fiji. It aims to prove that a holistic approach to neighborhood revitalization using nature-based systems – such as constructed wetlands for wastewater treatment, and improved drainage and access – can improve health and the environment.

The application of the Water Sensitive Cities (WSC) approach is expected to reduce fecal contamination of the environment and improve the health of children under 5 years of age. This program will run for five years in two countries, and directly involve more than 20 institutions, two of which are Monash University and University of Hasanuddin.

Drones for settlement revitalization by Terra Drone Indonesia
Pilot ready to fly the drone

Baseline modeling with drones

The results of aerial photographs captured by drone are needed to provide information about the existing conditions (baseline) of buildings, sanitation systems, drainage, and other objects. These are needed to make plans for building facilities with natural-based solutions in the selected settlements.

Michael Wishnu Wardana Siagian, Managing Director OF Terra Drone Indonesia, said, “Aerial photography using drones has become a standard in various jobs because it provides detailed information from an area so that it helps the measurement process as well as the development of detailed concepts and plans. The resulting data becomes a global reference system and technically can be processed for other purposes.”

About Terra Drone Corporation

Terra Drone Corporation is the world’s leading provider of industrial drone solutions established in 2016. The company’s head office is located in Tokyo, Japan, with 20 branches globally throughout APAC, the European Union, and South America. Terra Drone provides innovative drone technologies empowered with LiDAR and photogrammetric surveying methods for construction, electricity, mining, energy, and oil and gas sectors. Terra Drone specializes in high-performance hardware, cutting-edge software, and service and drone management systems (UTM).

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