AERIAL SURVEYING AND MAPPING: 2.0

When searching the Internet for drones, thousands of pictures and videos of beautiful landscapes and amazing homes around the world pop up that show off the incredible photography capabilities that many drones posses. These uses are great- but what else can these amazing machines do or help us to do better?

One answer: aerial mapping and surveying

When you think of aerial and mapping and surveying, what do you think of? Fixed wing aircraft, large equipment, and multi person crews along the road might be some images that come to mind.

Because of the large equipment and aircraft, most people also associate aerial mapping and photography with grander scale projects since it would not be cost compatible to use the large equipment for a small project or area. These larger projects therefore have a great cost and time expense included – two very valuable resources.

So where do small buisnesses needing to save money go? That was the golden question until now…

With emerging drone technology, the possibilities are endless for aerial surveying and mapping- because of three main improvements that the use of drones bring:


1) SURVEYING COST- CAN SAVE UP TO 90% COMPARED TO TRADITIONAL METHODS

When compared to traditional aircraft used in aerial mapping and surveying, like planes and helicopters, drones are much less expensive to operate and maintain.

Since these drones are battery operated, maintenance is therefore dramatically reduced.

Because all of these operational costs are reduced, the majority of the price that is paid for is the manpower needed to capture the data and then transform that data into useable media via very specific, and often complicated, software.


2) SURVEYING TIME – CAN CUT INSPECTION TIMES BY UP TO 90%

Since drones are very small and lightweight- they are easier to maneuver in a variety of directions, heights, and turns. This makes it much easier to capture every angle of a project in a much shorter time than would originally be needed to maneuver a large aircraft or crew members in dangerous or difficult to reach areas. By using drones instead of manpower on those harder to maneuver projects, it also brings a level of safety to projects


3) SURVEYING DETAILS – CAN PRODUCED IMAGES WITH 4 INCHES HORIZONTAL ACCURACY AND 5-6 CM VERTICAL ACCURACY OR BETTER

Drones are capable of including many different styles of cameras and software, which allows surveyors to capture the exact details of the particular landscape they are surveying. This could include 3D imagery, contour lines, topographic lines and volumetric calculations.

These 3 main components make drone use much more available and compatible for any person or business who wishes to use any extent of aerial mapping and surveying- without the limitations of traditional surveying.


For smaller projects- the price and time match the size of the project, you wont be paying for wasted machinery that was unnecessary.

For larger projects- the costs will drastically be reduced all while giving you detailed and useable information, and who doesn’t love that?

Aerial mapping and surveying using drones requires a great amount of skill and attention to detail but does not require of time or money- so with the right team of expert drone operators and surveyors, your projects will benefit greatly.


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