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Low-Flying Aircraft To Conduct Survey In Territory

- A Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) survey will be carried out in the Territory from September 26.
A Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) survey will be carried out in the Territory from September 26. Photo: GIS
Acting Director of the Virgin Islands Shipping Registry, Captain Raman Bala. Photo: GIS
Acting Director of the Virgin Islands Shipping Registry, Captain Raman Bala. Photo: GIS
Acting Director for the Virgin Islands Shipping Registry, Captain Raman Bala explained that LIDAR is a remote sensing method that uses light in the form of a pulsed laser to measure distances to the Earth.

Captain Bala said, “LIDAR data supports activities such as inundation and storm surge modelling, hydrodynamic modelling, shoreline mapping, emergency response, hydrographic surveying, and coastal vulnerability analysis.”

During the course of the survey, the contractor will be operating survey equipment from within the aircraft which consists of a bathymetric laser capable of measuring depths; a topographic laser capable of measuring the sea surface and heights over land; an RGB camera taking high resolution imagery and survey grade GPS receivers which will be used to position the aircraft in flight.

The aircraft will operate at heights of between 300m and 500m at speeds of around 120 knots whilst undertaking surveys in the Territory.

Captain Bala said, “The Virgin Islands Shipping Registry is very grateful to the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office for undertaking this survey as the data captured will allow the nautical charts to be updated for Safety of Navigation as well as subsequently be used by other Government Departments to support other areas such as Climate Change Resilience, Planning, Environmental Management and Disaster Response Planning.”

AWH Limited has been contracted by the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office to undertake seabed surveys as part of the Overseas Territories Seabed Mapping Programme.

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) is an executive agency sponsored by the Ministry of Defence that collects and supplies hydrographic and geospatial data for the Royal Navy and merchant shipping, to protect lives at sea. Additionally, the office works with other national hydrographic offices to set and raise global standards of hydrography, cartography and navigation.

For more information on the LIDAR survey, persons should contact the Virgin Islands Shipping Registry at 468-9646.

3 Responses to “Low-Flying Aircraft To Conduct Survey In Territory”

  • Curious (01/10/2018, 20:22) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Is the brits looking for oil?
  • Inquire (02/10/2018, 06:46) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Not knowing about these various surveys and investigations, one has to wonder what are they putting in the atmosphere and the environment in the BVI. What chemicals are being used, what kind of radars, is it harmful? What was the population of other places this was used and how was the data used to prepare for any potential hazards. What’s the cost. Are tax payers money being used? Are BVIslanders included in this survey. We are a country of black people and we are always used for some type of experiment.we havtto be watchful.
  • Data Mining Operation (14/10/2018, 13:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is a covert operation to check how much nano particulates are in our bodies from the chem trails spraying and water from the supermarkets; how many of us have picked up those new credit and debit cards from the local banks that now has a chip in it; how many of us have bought appliances, smart tvs, beds with embedded RFID chips; and who to target and take down through a fast acting (stage 4 cancer) or by sending out low frequency from our phones and give us heart attacks.


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