Aerial Damage Assessment Teams

Aerial Damage Assessment and Mapping Capabilities

Disaster Relief Australia (DRA) is certified by the Civil Aviation Authority (CASA) to conduct aerial mapping and damage assessment operations using Remotely Piloted Air Systems (RPAS), or drones.

Suitably qualified and accredited DRA members are specifically trained on the use of RPAS to undertake post-disaster wide area mapping. This information is combined with specialist software to generate timely, actionable intelligence that assists a range of stakeholders with response and recovery activities.

Aerial Damage Assessment Team (ADAT)

Small teams of between two – six are able rapidly deploy to undertake aerial mapping and assessment of impacted properties and locations. DRA utilises a remotely piloted aircraft fleet and internally trained specialists to increase the effectiveness and safety of post-disaster operations.

DRA is the lead agency for the provision of localized post-disaster aerial imagery and mapping data, utilising experience gained over the course of 889 post disaster flights over the past three years across Australia and the Asia-Pacific to provide:

  • An immediate disaster response capability available at short notice 365 days of the year, providing vital intelligence to complement existing manned aviation capabilities.
  • Provision of actionable and timely data and intelligence to aid in decision making by national and state level emergency management agencies and communities.
  • Increased capability through the utilisation of new technology to enable world leading aerial data collection for disaster response and recovery operations in Australia. national asset with highly trained veterans providing intelligence to Australian agencies both at home and abroad.

Aerial Damage Assessment and Mapping Capabilities include:

  • CASA licensed RPAS operations – Extended Visual Line of Sight Class 2
  • Drone RGB and Thermal Imagery Capture
  • Real-time Imagery Transfer to IMT’s
  • 2D and 3D Mapping
  • Critical Infrastructure Mapping
  • Digital Elevation Models
  • Volumetric Surveying
  • 360-degree Panoramic Imagery


  • 360-degree ground-based “street view”mapping
  • Nearmap Imagery – Access and Integration
  • ArcGIS – Imagery Integration and Analysis
  • Ground based damage assessment integration
  • Al Analysis provided through partnership with Aust Institute of Machine Learning (AIML)
  • DRA’s “Battle Map” Layered Information Platform
  • Data Set Interoperability

Contact DRA Aerial Damage Assessment Teams

For further information regarding our ADAT capabilities, please direct your email enquiry to ADAT Manager Brent Hoade.