UAV LiDAR – making the invisible visible!

ORC UAV and LiDAR unit   Imagine discovering ancient Mayan cities hidden for centuries beneath dense foliage in the northern jungles of Guatemala. Sounds like a scene from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. But thanks to a remote sensing and mapping technology called LiDAR (short for Light Detection and Ranging), archaeologists were able…

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Legacy Series: Shearwater Lodge

Shearwater Lodge 3D Laser Scanning   A unique eco-lodge restoration project that enabled the continued protection of an endangered sea bird. Often legacy projects present unique challenges. Shearwater Lodge was no exception due to the remoteness of the site and the comprehensive nature of the work we needed to do. Shearwater Lodge is a luxury…

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Legacy Series: Taiora QEII Recreation and Sport Centre

Helping bring the QEII Centre to East Christchurch   Taiora QEII Recreation and Sports Centre is a new facility built on the site of the original and much loved QEII stadium and pools. These were originally built for the 1974 Commonwealth Games but were destroyed in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.   The new centre includes…

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The Future is UAV

The Future is UAV Our recent UAV seminar was popular with engineers keen to learn how our UAV technology combined with our terrestrial solutions could solve their data challenges. Presented by Carl Fox, General Manager and Chief UAV Pilot, the seminar covered a range of topics including: Workplace Health & Safety – accessing dangerous, inaccessible…

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The Rollercoaster of Bridle Path

  In the east of Christchurch overlooking the Heathcote Valley lies the Bridle Path subdivision. With lush green lawns and stunning pohutukawa trees, the manicured slopes of the old Villa Nova winery site and apricot orchard had for many years captivated the eyes and interests of investors and developers.   The group of potential investors…

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Seven Oaks School – Inspiring, engaging and nurturing young minds

  By David Fox The opportunity to lend my expertise to the Seven Oaks School redevelopment has led to one of my personal favourite projects in recent years. Seven Oaks founder Bruce McIntyre, who became a good friend, had a vision to move the school from its original location in Opawa to a new location…

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Hidden treasures, crouching geese

How Fox & Associates helped Glenwood Farm protect an important ecological and heritage area Behind Akaroa on Banks Peninsula is a very different rural land subdivision. While subdividing rural land into lifestyle blocks is not uncommon, what made this project unusual was the motivation and vision behind it. There was also the discovery of a…

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How 3D laser scanning can help you and your project

Deep in the Seaward Kaikoura Mountain Range lies a unique high country lodge. Located in Puhi Peaks Station, New Zealand’s highest privately owned land, Shearwater Lodge is an exclusive eco resort and welcome sight for those who walk the six hour hike through the Kaikoura wilderness to the lodge. Puhi Peaks Station is also unique,…

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Bringing the QEII Centre Back to East Christchurch

Fox in the field report by Alex Liggett   Taiora QEII Recreation and Sport Centre is a new facility on the site of the original QEII pools and stadium, which were built for the 1974 Commonwealth Games but were destroyed in the 2011 earthquake. The new centre includes a 25m competition pool with an innovative…

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A Hidden Gem of a Waterfall Waiting to be Discovered

Fox in the Field report by Alex Liggett They say that virtue is its own reward, but sometimes you get an added bonus thrown in.   It was necessary for a 500m long title boundary at Glenwood to follow an existing fence, and we had previously surveyed the two ends of the fence. Between the…

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