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International Women's Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Our business is blessed by having many women employees, each who work tirelessly to either help our clients manage their environmental footprint or to support those that do. But most importantly women play a huge roll in crafting who we are as a business. We publicly thank all of them for their dedication, commitment and contribution. And kudos to everyone out there who have helped the advance towards equality #IWD2018 #awesomewomen #advancing #equality #PressforProgress
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Last week Brisbane hosted more than 130 innovators and entrepreneurs from around the globe as part of the MIT Bootcamp. The intensive week-long program aimed to solve global sustainability challenges in sectors such as mining resources and agriculture. As a sponsor, METS Ignited engaged Astron Environmental Services Managing Director and eMapper founder Julian Kruger to lead a METS-focused challenge, supporting mining's social licence to operate. Julian, pictured here with METS Ignited General Manager Dr Ian Dover (right) and QLD Chief Entrepreneur and 'Shark' from Shark Tank Steve Baxter (centre), provided expertise and mentoring to participants.
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This week we acquired our one millionth! hectare of Digital Globe Worldview satellite data for vegetation health monitoring projects in the Pilbara through our partner Geoimage. The 1.2 meter eight band multispectral and 30 cm panchromatic resolution that Worldview satellite data enables Astron to quantitatively monitor vegetation health through time, at the scale of individual tree canopies, for every tree within each monitoring area. As our clients embrace these technological and analytical innovations their monitoring programs are becoming safer, more comprehensive, precise and economical. #treehealth #remotesensing #GDE
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Great night celebrating local inventiveness and commercialisation at the 2017 WA Innovator of the Year awards. Astron was proud to be nominated as a finalist for its groundbreaking remote sensing based environmental monitoring platform emapper #innovation #remotesensing
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Today is National Threatened Species Day a day dedicated to raising awareness of plants and animals at risk of extinction. Threatened Species Day was declared in 1996 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the death of the last remaining Tasmanian tiger (or thylacine) at Hobart Zoo in 1936. Unfortunately the thylacine is one of many Australian species lost to extinction since European settlement, with more than 100 animal and plant species becoming extinct over the past 200 years. One species at risk is the western ringtail possum (Pseudocheirus occidentalis), a small to medium sized arboreal marsupial found in south-west WA. Photo courtesy DPaW.
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Remotely monitor the health of 100,000 trees? No problem!
Using aerial imagery and advanced image processing techniques the Geospatial team have been tracking the health of 100,000 trees in Western Australia's Pilbara region between 2006 and present day. Remote sensing projects like this seek to compliment on ground surveys, which are usually only designed to monitor the health of a very small proportion of trees due to time, access and cost restraints. #bigdata #trees #treehealth #remotesensing
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A Northern Quoll captured via a motion sensitive camera. This technology has increased the effectiveness of fauna surveys, especially when used as a supplement to traditional trapping techniques. Passive survey methods, such as motion sensitive cameras and ultrasonic bat recorders, have increased the detection rate of cryptic or trap shy fauna, as well as reducing stress to the animals.
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Beauty in the eye of the beholder! The turtle frog (Myobatrachus gouldii) has a face only a mother can love, however we at Astron think this species is something quite special. The turtle frog is only found within the vicinity of Swan Coastal Plain of Western Australia and usually emerges from underground after significant rainfall. This little guy was recently captured during a fauna survey by Astron’s fauna team.
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Is it time you reconnected with nature? Stress reduction, improved fitness and mental well-being, education and awareness can be achieved by getting out and about in the great outdoors, so we thought we’d share some photos of some of our awesome employees doing just that! #nature #getoutside #outdoors
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22993 Photos, no sweat…

We recently completed a project to acquire and process 34 square kilometres of high resolution UAV imagery, over the vicinity of Peak Hill, Western Australia. Nine survey flights were conducted to capture a total of 22,993 24 megapixel images, with a nominal ground resolution of 2.5 centimetres, using Astron’s high precision C-Astral Bramor rTK UAV platform.

A total of 31 targeted ground control points were captured using rTK survey methods, with 17 points reserved as check points, to assess the spatial accuracy of the photogrammetric block adjustment. Using the check points, a spatial accuracy level of 5 cm in Easting, 3 cm in Northing and 3 cm in elevation was achieved for this project, at 67% confidence.

The high level of spatial accuracy achieved illustrates the advantage of using a platform with survey grade GPS receivers to measure the precise location of the camera when each photo is acquired.
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