Aerial Photography of Al Shamal Using Drones

The Center for Geographic Information Systems (CGIS) of the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) has carried out aerial photography of Al Shamal, Ruwais, and Abu Dhalouf cities using drones.

This operation is part of the CGIS’s plan to update the digital aerial photo database for the State’s geographic information systems.

 

The CGIS uses this type of drones to take photos of areas with relatively limited perimeter in order to update its database and as required by the State’s ministries and institutions in case they need the data resulting from these photography operations. The Center owns a fleet of drones consisting of seven types of fixed-wing or propeller aircraft. All stages of the work, starting from the development of the flight plan, photography, and filming, followed by processing aerial photos and converting them into geographic information systems data, are carried out by a specialized team of the Center’s staff.

 

Photos were taken using a high resolution of 5 cm (i.e. each point or pixel on the map represents five square centimeters in reality). Additionally, drones used can fly at low altitudes, ranging between 240 and 500 meters, for up to an hour.

 

It should also be mentioned that Al Khor city and parts of Doha will be photographed in the next stage.

 

Through its adoption of drone photography system, the CGIS seeks to benefit from modern technologies and to integrate with the rest of date updating methods, such as satellite images, photos captured by regular aviation and field survey. Focusing on development and modernization, the Center aims at updating databases of digital geographic information systems of all kinds to make them available to ministries and government institutions through the national network of geographic information systems.

 

Source: Ministry of Municipality and Environment

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