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First Commercial HiDef Flight in Australia

First Commercial HiDef Flight in Australia

HiDef Aerial Surveying Limited and BioConsult SH have conducted their first digital survey flight for marine species off the south-east coast of Australia. The flight took place for the construction of the planned wind farm “Seadragon”.
In order to assess the impact of the construction and operation of an offshore wind farm, it is important to monitor the fauna at the affected sites. In this way, it is possible to understand how the animals use the area at different times of the year and under different weather conditions. The surveys will take place monthly to record seabirds, whales and other species found in the area.

Seadragon Offshore Wind is one of the first offshore wind projects planned in Australia and is being implemented by international developer Flotation Energy. With a planned capacity of 1.5 GW, electricity could be generated for up to 1 million homes in the state of Victoria. We are delighted to be part of this project and to accompany Australia on its journey to harness offshore wind energy as a renewable energy source.

Seadragon’s marine baseline investigations are being led by RPS in collaboration with a number of other scientific and academic partners, including HiDef. The HiDef flight surveys are carried out by 360° Aviation, an aircraft charter company based in Melbourne.
The tailor-made, high-resolution video camera system was developed by our British partner company HiDef Aerial Surveying, which has been part of the German BioConsult SH family since 2016. Since 2008, HiDef and BioConsult SH have been using this system to record seabirds and marine mammals at an altitude of over 500 meters. The method sets new standards for ecological surveys, as it minimizes disturbance to wildlife and reduces safety risks. Compared to observer flights to record birds and marine mammals at sea, the system provides significantly better and verifiable data for environmental impact assessments and nature conservation projects.






HiDef and BioConsult expand to Australia

HiDef and BioConsult expand to Australia

HiDef with BioConsult have expanded services to Australia and have deployed a survey rig and staff in south east Australia as a first step. With momentum building in the regions offshore industry digital aerial surveying will play a key part in the consenting process.

We are working closely with Melbourne based ecological consultancy Nature Advisory, dedicated professionals with extensive experience in addressing the biodiversity information requirements of decision-makers and regulators throughout Australia. They will add an ‘Aussie’ QA to our works and help with logistics for our data.

Maria Gädeke has moved over from Germany and is our Wildlife Projects Manager is based in Melbourne Australia and is our first point of contact regarding our ongoing projects.

If you are located in Australia and want to discuss any projects please contact Maria, she would be more than happy to answer any questions!

Maria’s contact information:

Email: Maria Gädeke or

Contact number: +61 (0) 402 230 352



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