Aerial Surveys

Aerial Surveys: Enhancing Precision and Efficiency from Above

Surveying with drones presents significant opportunities for GIS professionals. Utilising a surveying drone allows for the completion of topographic surveys with the same level of precision as traditional methods, but in a fraction of the time. This efficiency not only reduces the overall cost of site surveys but also alleviates the workload of specialists in the field. 

By employing drones equipped with advanced sensors and imaging technology, GIS professionals can collect highly accurate geospatial data more quickly and efficiently than ever before. These drones can cover large areas with ease, capturing detailed aerial imagery and generating precise 3D models and maps. 

The ability to rapidly gather data from the air enables professionals to streamline the surveying process and expedite project timelines. Additionally, drones can access remote or hazardous terrain that may be challenging or unsafe for ground-based surveyors to navigate. 

Overall, the integration of drone technology into surveying operations revolutionizes the field of GIS, offering enhanced capabilities, cost savings, and increased efficiency for professionals engaged in geospatial data collection and analysis. 

What is Meant By Drone Survey?

A drone survey refers to the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, to gather data and information about a specific area or site. These surveys are conducted by equipping drones with various sensors, such as cameras, LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) systems, thermal imaging cameras, or multispectral cameras, depending on the purpose of the survey. 

Drone surveys are typically used in industries such as construction, agriculture, mining, infrastructure inspection, environmental monitoring, and land surveying. They offer several advantages over traditional surveying methods, including: 

  1. Cost-effectiveness: Drone surveys can be more cost-effective than traditional manned surveys, as they require fewer resources and can cover large areas in less time.
  2. Accessibility: Drones can access areas that are difficult or dangerous for humans to reach, such as steep terrain, tall structures, or hazardous environments.
  3. Flexibility: Drones can capture data from different perspectives and angles, providing comprehensive and detailed information about the surveyed area.
  4. Efficiency: Drone surveys can be conducted quickly, allowing for rapid data collection and analysis, which can speed up decision-making processes.

Overall, drone surveys offer a versatile and efficient means of collecting geospatial data, enabling organizations to make informed decisions and optimize their operations.

What Are Drones Used For In Surveying

Land Surveying

Survey drones are instrumental in producing high-resolution orthomosaics and intricate 3D models of areas where data quality is lacking, outdated, or non-existent. This capability facilitates the rapid and straightforward creation of high-precision cadastral maps, even in environments that are complex or challenging to access. Additionally, surveyors have the capacity to extract detailed features from the captured images, such as signage, curbs, road markings, fire hydrants, and drainage systems. This comprehensive data acquisition process significantly enhances the efficiency and accuracy of surveying tasks, empowering organizations to make informed decisions and streamline their operations effectively. 

Following post-processing with photogrammetry software, these images can yield highly detailed elevation models, contour lines, breaklines, and 3D reconstructions of both land sites and buildings. Through this advanced processing, the data captured by survey drones is transformed into comprehensive and precise representations of the surveyed areas. These detailed models offer valuable insights for various applications, including urban planning, construction projects, environmental assessments, and infrastructure development. The ability to generate such detailed and accurate representations greatly enhances the effectiveness of surveying processes and facilitates informed decision-making in a wide range of industries. 

Land Management & Development

Aerial images captured by drones significantly expedite and streamline topographic surveys essential for land management and planning purposes. This efficiency extends across various stages of the process, from initial site scouting and allotment planning to detailed design phases and final construction activities encompassing roads, buildings, and utilities. By leveraging drone technology, organizations can access timely, high-resolution imagery that provides crucial insights into terrain features, land characteristics, and environmental conditions. This accelerated data collection process enhances decision-making processes, optimizes resource allocation, and ultimately contributes to more efficient and effective land development projects. 

Furthermore, these images serve as the cornerstone for intricate models depicting site topography, essential for pre-construction engineering analyses. The resulting data is seamlessly transferrable to any Computer-Aided Design (CAD) or Building Information Modelling (BIM) software, enabling engineers to promptly commence work from a three-dimensional (3D) model. 

Given the ease and cost-effectiveness of drone-based data collection, images can be captured at regular intervals and superimposed onto the original blueprints. This process allows for ongoing assessment of construction progress vis-à-vis plan specifications, facilitating proactive adjustments as necessary. 

Precise Measurements

Volumetric / Stockpile Measurements 

Utililing 3D mapping software, volumetric measurements can be derived from these same images. This expedient and cost-effective approach to volume measurement proves particularly invaluable for assessing stocks in mines and quarries, whether for inventory management or ongoing monitoring purposes. 

By employing drones, surveyors can capture a significantly higher density of topographic data points, resulting in more precise volume measurements. Moreover, this method offers a considerable improvement in safety compared to manual data collection processes, where surveyors would traditionally navigate hazardous terrain to gather measurements. Since drones collect data from an aerial vantage point, on-site operations remain uninterrupted. Additionally, the swift acquisition process enables the capture of a comprehensive site snapshot at a specific moment in time, facilitating detailed analysis and informed decision-making. 

Slope Monitoring

Through automated Geographic Information System (GIS) analysis, slope measurements can be extracted from Digital Terrain Models (DTMs) and Digital Surface Models (DSMs) generated from drone imagery. This knowledge of ground surface steepness enables classification of areas for slope monitoring applications, crucial for activities such as landslide mitigation and prevention. 

By utilising orthomosaics captured at various intervals, changes in earth movement can be detected, and their velocity can be quantified. This data plays a pivotal role in predicting potential landslides and implementing preventive measures to safeguard infrastructure such as roads, railways, and bridges against damage. 

In contrast to conventional monitoring methods, which typically involve the placement of sensors at isolated points, drones offer a significantly enhanced capacity for comprehensive data collection. Drones equipped with Precise Point Positioning (PPK) capability are particularly advantageous for this purpose, as they eliminate the need for deploying multiple Ground Control Points (GCPs). This is especially beneficial in areas that are challenging to access or pose safety hazards. By leveraging drones with PPK technology, organizations can effectively overcome logistical constraints and obtain detailed insights into terrain conditions, facilitating informed decision-making and proactive risk management strategies. 

Urban Planning

The evolution of densely populated and intricate urban landscapes necessitates meticulous planning, which traditionally involves time-consuming and costly data collection efforts. However, with the advent of drone technology, urban planners can now swiftly gather extensive and current data within a short timeframe and with reduced staffing requirements. The imagery obtained through drone surveys enables planners to assess the prevailing social and environmental dynamics of urban sites comprehensively. Furthermore, it empowers them to evaluate the potential impacts of various development scenarios, facilitating informed decision-making and sustainable urban development practices. 

The utilisation of 3D models enables seamless integration of buildings into their surrounding environment, offering planners and citizens a dynamic perspective of intricate development projects. By overlaying buildings onto their surroundings within these models, stakeholders gain an immersive understanding of how proposed structures interact with the existing landscape. Additionally, 3D models facilitate the analysis and visualization of critical factors such as cast shadows and scenic views. This comprehensive approach enhances the decision-making process by providing stakeholders with valuable insights into the aesthetic, functional, and environmental aspects of urban development projects, ultimately fostering more informed and inclusive planning practices. 

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Due to the very nature of our work some of it can be very much influenced by the weather. Therefore we have a wide range of drones and payloads in our fleet ready to go at a moments notice to get you the best results.
What we offer

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Thermal Imaging

Using visual and infrared drone technology, we perform visual and infrared building surveys.

Aerial Surveys

Whether you need agricultural land of industrial land surveying the use of drone can greatly increase speed and accuracy.

Aerial Photography

Fantastic detailed aerial photographs are a great way to stand out from the crowd in a competative market place.

Building Inspections

Using aerial imagery and footage for surveys has the advantage of providing clean, crisp images or videos.


Land surveying and mapping can be performed faster and more efficiently with drones, while maintaining a high level of precision and accuracy.

3D Modelling

3D and 2D models are extremely detailed digital assets that offer accurate and realistic representations of their real-world counterparts.