Geospatial tech company Aerometrex lands $1m contract to monitor Great Barrier Reef

Geospatial tech company Aerometrex lands $1m contract to monitor Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef (via Chad Taylor on Unsplash)

Adelaide-based geospatial data company Aerometrex has secured a $1 million contract with the Queensland Government to survey and monitor the Great Barrier Reef using laser scanning technology.

The project involves the use of a remote sensing method known as Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR), which utilises laser beams to create an accurate 3D representation of a surveyed environment.

The survey will map key areas of the Great Barrier Reef catchments, including Burdekin, Wet Tropics and Fitzroy areas, and assess the state of gully and streambank erosion, monitoring change over time.

The project aims to locate major sources of fine sediment, which reduces water clarity and slows coral growth, allowing the government to rectify landscapes that are crucial for the long-term health of the reefs.

The contract was secured with the Queensland Government Department of Environment, Science and Innovation (DESI), and is expected to be completed by June 2024.

“This is an exciting project that further builds on the work undertaken by Aerometrex through its LiDAR product line and follows several material contract wins this year in support of environmental initiatives,” Aerometrex managing director Steve Masters says.

“This agreement aligns with Aerometrex’s key strategic initiatives to support critical sustainability and environmental management projects and the positive impact that this can have on our community, adding to past work in areas such as bushfire fuel load management, surface water management, erosion modelling, informed agriculture, and more.

“We are proud to once again support initiatives that are aimed at improving the health and resilience of the Great Barrier Reef.”

Established in 1980, Aerometrex is an aerial mapping company that specialises in aerial imagery subscription service (MetroMap), LiDAR and 3D.

The news of the latest deal comes four months after Aerometrex secured a $1.45 million contract to supply LiDAR data to Sydney-based Agronomeye and support critical applications in the agriculture sector.

The company’s data will be integrated into Agronomeye’s AgTwinTM platform, which allows farmers to access information such as productivity, biodiversity, animal welfare, water use efficiency and carbon projects.

In May, Aerometrex also landed a $2.65 million licence agreement for its high-resolution MetroMap aerial imagery to be used on Melbourne-based Landchecker’s property insights platform.

Founded in 2016 by Will Leaf and Toby Ewert, Landchecker provides property information to more than 90,000 property professionals, including developers, valuers, real estate agents, architects and town planners across Australia.

Under the deal, Landchecker agreed to purchase a fixed number of tailored MetroMap licenses for $800,000 a year over three years, with the ability to buy an uncapped number of extra licenses.

The latest $1 million contract is being funded through the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and delivered jointly with the Queensland Government’s Queensland Reef Water Quality Program.

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