Soil & Sampling Services


The helicopter platform offers unique abilities in the field when it comes to Soil Sampling Operations. Experienced operations over varied terrains and conditions have resulted in BAC operations setting the highest standards of collecting sampling rates per hour to ensure the value of the helicopter for each project.

Depending on the unique project requirements the helicopter is often tasked with an exceptionally high landing count (every 500m / 1 km) while flying grids over the allocated soil collection area.

BAC works closely with the Soil sampling teams to safely collect and record all samples in the most efficient manner possible.

Namaqualand Project 2015

In December 2015 BAC Helicopters in conjunction with The Council for Geoscience (CGS) completed a grueling Soil Sampling project in the Namaqualand Region of the Northern Cape, South Africa.

The project ran from March 2015 for 10 months and covered an area of 22,500 square kilometres collecting 22,000 samples during this time. The mapped area is broken down into blocks with sizing of 24 km wide and 28 kms long. The aircraft lands each kilometre and a sample collected, bagged, labelled and GPS tagged. This soil was then sent away to a laboratory for chemical analysis to determine the composition of the soil. The composition analysis is not only used to determine the mineral composition but also the chemical content within the soil which can be useful to the farmers in the area for grazing purposes , etc.

The Namaqualand is very well known for its beauty and isolation and is an area of extremes. From extreme heat, temperatures as high as 45 degrees celsius, to extreme cold, temperatures down to minus 3 degrees celsius and not forgetting to mention, extreme isolation. There were certain areas where one would get the impression that you are the only person in the entire world.

The crew were fortunate enough to be in the Namaqualand region over the annual flower season and were privileged enough to witnessed this spectacular natural phenomenon.

Having completed a project of this size was most certainly not without it’s challenges however, the BAC and CGS crew took them in their stride.

Most importantly however, the fact that the project was completed without accident or incident is truly commendable. Due to the complexity of the project and with safety always of paramount importance, we constantly had to asses / evaluate the operation to ensure that we maintained a very high safety standard.

We at BAC are looking forward to the next project which will be starting in the second quarter of 2016.