Drone-based aerial mapping is a quickly deployable, efficient, and affordable way to get custom visualization and measurement of areas such as ranches, new developments, construction sites, crop fields, vacant land, accident sites, and structural insurance claims. Drone surveys of most sites <100 acres can be completed in less than one hour, compared to a full day or multiple days for traditional survey methods.

 

Completed maps can be generated in both 2D and 3D, depending on intended use.

  • 3D terrain and surface models can be exported as point clouds, 3D wire mesh, contour lines (topo maps), and other file types useful in CAD programs.
  • 2D map mosaic images are geo-referenced and can be exported in file types compatible with Google Earth/Maps and popular GIS programs.

Map resolutions greater than 1 inch per pixel are possible (compare to Google Maps' average resolution of 10 inches per pixel), offering a very fine level of detail and a high degree of accuracy at a price far more affordable than traditional survey methods.

Common uses for drone-based mapping include: printing large size high resolution maps, excavation planning, construction site modeling, construction site progress monitoring, mining/quarrying material volume measure, as a faster and more affordable alternative to traditional surveying, and as virtual tours of property for marketing.

 

 

The screenshots below show examples of some of the possible output options for drone survey data. All images use the same survey data and can be created simultaneously in a single processing step, speeding turn around time on your project.

This geo tagged .tiff is being used in QGIS to take an area measurement of the piece of land marked off in orange. 

A contour/topo map made to custom specifications, output as a .dxf or .shp for use in GIS and CAD programs.

A custom spec contour map overlaid on the GeoTIFF. This combination gives the visualization and GPS tagging of the GeoTIFF imagery, while also allowing for elevation visualization with contour lines. 

Volume measurements of both piles and pits can be taken within the data processing software. The above example shows the measured volume required to fill the trench marked off in bright green.

This 3D textured mesh is output as an .obj file which is usable in Windows native 3D viewers. The floating object can be spun, zoomed, rotated, and flipped in any direction to get virtual views of any position on or above the ground, or simply to get a quick read of site topography.