COLUMBIA Technologies do Brasil and the DR1 Group partner to support clients in Latin America

THE DR1 GROUP (DR1) IS A LEADING BRAZILIAN DRONE (UAV) SOLUTIONS PROVIDER with a well-established reputation for safety, quality, efficiency, and innovation. DR1 uses advanced drone and sensor technology, operational excellence, and well-defined safety protocols to deliver high-quality services and products to its clients. Together we innovate to provide high-value information assets that help site managers reduce the risk, uncertainty, and costs of contaminated site cleanup and remediation.

COLUMBIA Technologies is committed to a safe, efficient, and environmentally sustainable work environment, leveraging emerging technologies and innovation to improve efficiency, enhance safety and capture high-quality data. Our collaboration with Grupo DR1 embraces this commitment, leveraging drones to reduce potential safety hazards and improve efficiency and sustainability while delivering higher quality, integrated data to our clients. DR1 is one of only a few companies globally certified as an External Inspection Specialist with drones by the ABS Classifier. In addition, it is the only company in Latin America approved by SHELL to inspect offshore infrastructure.

With national and international clients from the Oil & Gas, Energy, and Mining sectors, Grupo DR1 has extensive experience that encompasses high-resolution photogrammetric surveys, visual and thermographic inspections of natural resources and infrastructure, confined space inspections, and offshore oil spill monitoring.


The exponential advance of UAV, sensor, and data processing technology has resulted in capabilities for collecting and analyzing diverse, high-quality geospatial data that were unimaginable until recently. Our team brings together experienced environmental scientists, geologists, geochemists, and a team of highly experienced UAV specialists.

Deploying payloads that include high-resolution RGB cameras (visible imaging sensors), thermal infrared sensors, multispectral or hyperspectral cameras, and LIDAR, the DR1 Group is well-equipped to support a wide range of applications. With operations in the U.S., Argentina, Brazil, and South Africa, COLUMBIA Technologies is adept at procuring and delivering technology to meet its client’s needs. It is always ready to innovate, identifying and mobilizing the best available technology to provide optimal solutions.

Using drone-enabled technology, we can deliver integrated solutions that include:

  • Detection and monitoring of greenhouse gas emissions
  • Topographic mapping and surveying
  • Environmental due diligence
  • Hydrologic and hydrogeologic surveys
  • Environmental Sampling
  • Wetlands mapping
  • Mapping invasive species, ecological changes, or stressed vegetation
  • Assessment and remediation of contaminated areas
  • Identification and volume measurement of waste piles
  • Monitoring, delineation, and characterization of oil or chemical spills on land or water
  • Detection and monitoring of surface water pollutant discharges
  • Natural resource damage assessment
  • Terrain monitoring and surveillance for climate resilience
  • Monitor tailings dams

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