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March 4, 2013 / landscapeiskingston

Amazing video of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct ….as you’ve never seen it before!

This is an amazing video of Pontcysyllte aqueduct in the snow as you’ve never seen it before……from helicopter drone surveying the structure.  This demonstrates how innovative digital technologies can be used for data capture, interpretation and dissemination of heritage sites and artifacts using  the latest technical survey and interpretation techniques and their practical application in heritage interpretation, education and conservation. 

Waterways Forward partner Canal & River Trust (Formerly British Waterways) has worked with local communities to develop the World Heritage Status of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.

The site consists of a 206 year old aqueduct and an 18km corridor of the Llangollen canal lying adjacent to it. The aqueduct is one of the most significant engineering structures on the British canal system. The corridor contains a wide range of historic canal-related structures and buildings, including tunnels, cuttings, wharves, houses, water control structures and a second major historic aqueduct at nearby Chirk.   UNESCO World Heritage Site status was applied for in 2005, on the 200th year anniversary of the completion of the aqueduct.  The application was successful and in 2009 the status was granted. The application process and successful achievement of status has had beneficial results. Rather than just securing the waterway’s heritage, it has led to the development of tourism in the area as well as giving voice to the local communities who have expressed an interest in becoming involved in the management of the WHS.

A community development project has been established to bring together 11 communities along the 18 km canal corridor.  This is coordinated by a community project officer. It focuses on facilitating an understanding and greater awareness of the heritage, culture and biodiversity of the canal and its corridor and encourages participation in its environmental conservation, including capacity building in conservation skills.  The overall outcome is that the potential for these type of developments to occur across other heritage waterway sites through the achievement of WHS status has been understood, and so may be applied to other sites in the future.

Source: Chris Barnett, Project Co-ordinator at Canal & River Trust


“The change in world heritage status brings a direct boost in to the local economy because of its increased status. But the key issue is to build upon the heritage attraction and involve the local community to engage in its use and in turn make it even more popular.” 


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  1. waterways forward / Mar 19 2013 12:57 pm

    Some further information…..The images were taken by an Aibotix Aibot-X6, an intelligent autonomous flying robot; the Korec Group are the UK distributors.

    The flight was carried out as a demonstration for the Canals & Rivers Trust to show how the X6 can provide an effective, efficient and safe way to inspect structures such as this impressive aqueduct.

    This is a typical application for the X6, other applications include inspecting overhead power lines and the transmission towers that carry the lines, all kinds of bridge and structure inspections, entering buildings damaged by earthquake or other disasters, inspecting cliffs and rock faces for potential slippage, police and fire service scene monitoring, promotional videos for products e.g. heavy plant working in a quarry, agricultural machinery working fields of crops, film/media work, etc,etc.

  2. brave / Mar 19 2013 3:22 pm

    What a fabulous video of such a special place. I would like to know about the beautiful music that accompanied this video so music credits please!

  3. Peter Wood / Mar 26 2013 10:44 am

    It would have also have good to see some of the actual close-up footage / images from both above and below the actual structure, i.,e., to see the actual survey results, as I assume that was the real investigative purpose. But lovely bridge and video.

  4. archiabyssniya / May 3 2013 4:43 am

    Reblogged this on archiabyssniya.


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