Airborne Data Acquisition

The World Leader in Airborne Gravity & Magnetic Data Acquisition

EDCON-PRJ provides comprehensive assistance from the initial design of the survey through the final interpretation to clients planning airborne surveys. Services include survey planning, gravity, magnetic and radiometric data acquisition, data processing, and interpretation.

Fixed Wing Aircraft

Fixed Wing Cessna

Using a fixed-wing aircraft, large areas can be covered economically and rapidly. Because the measurements are made from the air, issues of land access and the effects of ground clutter are avoided.  EDCON-PRJ has conducted over 100 fixed-wing surveys in North America over the past ten years. Our experience in survey design, acquisition and processing of this data ensures our clients a successful geophysical program. 

Helicopter Survey

Helicopters are used for low-level surveys in terrain that would be impossible to follow in a fixed-wing aircraft. Helicopter surveys are conducted with a magnetometer sensor slung from a long cable below the vehicle, or in a forward- mounted stinger. Although helicopters have significantly higher operating costs than fixed-wing aircraft, our ability to mobilize equipment and aircraft quickly and acquire data efficiently allows for a very good return on the investment for detailed surveys in rugged terrain. 

Drape Height & Survey Design

Most surveys require that the aircraft be flown at a constant altitude above terrain while acquiring data. We conduct fixed-wing and helicopter surveys using pre-programmed drape surfaces. These navigation systems provide our pilots three-dimensional guidance with the highest resolution and accuracy available today, while incorporating each specific aircraft’s safe flight characteristics.

UAV / Drone Acquisition

We have recently joined forces with Juniper Unmanned, a Golden Colorado-based company to provide ultrahigh-resolution drone-based surveys for abandoned well and pipeline location services.

Safety is Our Top Priority

EDCON-PRJ is a member of the International Airborne Geophysics Safety Association and subscribes to its safety procedures and policies.  Our safety plan for each project includes:

  • A review of the survey area by staff and pilots for risk assessment, drape considerations and public safety.
  • An autonomous data acquisition system so that the pilot is the only person on-board during survey operations.
  • Daily inspection of equipment and aircraft for performance and operational safety.
  • Daily flight and safety planning with crew prior to takeoff.
  • Real-time weather radar and surface conditions reporting through satellite service.