The use of drone technology in commercial inspection is rapidly growing, enabling easier access to hard to reach areas, increased safety and offering the ability to view sites in ways that were previously not possibly. This is an area we are actively involved in and are expanding our operations in regularly.
Digital Drone Mapping
3D drone mapping is a vastly growing application of drone technology and is expanding into many different areas across a variety of industries, including construction, agriculture, surveying, mining and public safety.
Drones programmed with a preplanned flight paths to can cover vast areas of land in a relatively short space of time, taking this footage and utilising new software offered by a variety of companies it is possible to use convert this footage into a 3D map of the surveyed land.
For companies in the above sectors the implications and uses of this type of software have major advantages:
- improve efficiency by spending less time in the field,
- monitor a site's progress from an aerial perspective,
- improve accuracy of reports.
In construction drones programmed with preplanned flight paths for a specific missions fly above a site to capture optimal mapping data and this can be used to track site progress against the project plan, measure distances, create elevation profiles, orthophotos and accurate topographic surveys.
In inspection drones can undertake fast, non-intrusive surveys that provides enhanced levels of safety, ability to access hard to reach areas and visualise structural details from multiple angles. In addition these services often produce outputs that are directly compatible with CAD/BIM software, beneficial for further analysis and engineering applications.
In agriculture drones can provide a much clearer perspective over field boundaries and create an in-depth inspection to better look after crops. Multiple layers comprised of various surveys can be combined together to improve crop protection by comparing crop trends over time and improve crop production by utilising vegetation index maps and application rate maps.
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