Malleefowl Mound Detection using LiDAR Data

Many large scale developments such as mines use high resolution Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data to provide topographic and baseline information for projects. These sites can typically be in remote locations where access is difficult.

Through our partnering arrangement with Anditi, we have LiDAR processing and analysis capabilities to enable our ecologists to provide cost effective and efficient solutions for surveying malleefowl in Australia. We use advanced LiDAR techniques combined with ecological expertise to deliver targeted malleefowl mound surveys. These methods and techniques improve survey efficiency, data integrity and reduce baseline survey time.


LiDAR Collection and Processing

  • Providing detailed specifications for LiDAR data collection by third parties, to ensure the data is optimal for detecting mounds
  • Processing LiDAR data to optimise detection of potential malleefowl mounds, even in difficult terrain or where vegetation covers mounds (using Anditi)
  • Dealing with LiDAR datasets from small to extremely large areas (tens of thousands of square kilometres)

Desktop Analysis

  • Viewing potential mounds in 3D using Anditi’s desktop visualisation approaches
  • Assessing and ranking potential mounds for inclusion in field surveys
  • Integrating other spatial data including topography, satellite imagery, geology and soil information and data from previous malleefowl monitoring, if available

Design of Ecological Survey Work

  • Provision of recognised and experienced malleefowl ecologists
  • Design of ecological survey approaches
  • Environmental management and approval reporting

Field Surveys

  • Targeted survey design for field checking of identified and potential mound sites by ecologists
  • Field survey of potential mound sites to examine mound age, materials and utilisation

Documentation and Spatial Data Products

  • Expert reports on outcomes and comprehensive documentation
  • GIS layers and data providing the location of mounds identified in the field.

Associated spatial data products that can be delivered as part of this process include:

  • Digital Terrain Models (DTMs)
  • Contour maps
  • Vegetation canopy height
  • Slope maps

For more information about our malleefowl detection and surveying work, download our flyer.

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