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Wind farm survey boost for Fugro

Development of onshore wind farms in Scotland is creating a demand for hi-tech surveying work for Fugro-BKS.

The company has just completed airborne light detection and ranging (LiDAR) surveys of five onshore sites near Caithness in Scotland for RES and Baillie Windfarm.

“We have seen a marked increase in the use of airborne LiDAR surveys for wind farm developments,” said Fugro-BKS business development manager Chris Boreland. “A major benefit of LiDAR mapping is the rapid collection of a high accuracy 3D terrain model of the survey area.”

According to Boreland, project developers and consultants are increasing their use of geospatial information, such as the terrain data derived from LiDAR, in a variety of ways. “Prior to construction it can be used for wind speed analysis, vegetation cover, roughness, and clearance, view shed analysis, slope stability analysis, access road design and for environmental and archaeological assessments,” he said. “This information is an invaluable aid for turbine location selection and volumetric calculations for crane pad construction, as well as providing corridor mapping for network grid connection and substation location selection.”

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