From mining to construction to almost any new building project, topographical surveying is an essential part of getting the job done right. Used to identify and map the contours of the ground and existing features on the earth’s surface, including elevations and grading features. The maps generated from this activity can help in ensuring the safety and sustainability of the planned activity, building, or feature, as well as saving valuable time and money.
Drone services and data can be used across a number of industries, from the early stages of planning, through to pre-construction assessments, progress tracking across projects, and final built surveying.
In the main, topographical surveys require substantial time and often high levels of risk for the surveyor. This no longer needs to be the case. Aerial surveying by drone is changing the landscape of surveying for the better. As an increasingly essential part of any site manager’s toolkit, drone surveying enables the capture of detailed site maps, including all necessary features, in much less time and at a much lower cost than traditional surveying methods.
Advantages of using drones for topographical surveys
1. Better insights for all
Traditional topographical survey data consists of linework. Drone survey data consists of a more sophisticated set of deliverables, including contour maps, orthophotos, digital terrain models, and cloud-points. This offers a much richer dataset from which to work and plan. Also, the latest in drone capture technology means this data can be shared with more than one person, across a project team, on-site, on demand, and over time.
2. Safe as can be
As drones are remotely operated, they can survey an area quickly and safely, no matter how treacherous or extensive the terrain. Drone technology also means data is instantly captured and relayed so there are no delays in reporting or delivery. And therefore no need for a surveyor to waste time or take unnecessary risks to gather the required data.
3. Cost saving
When it comes to surveying large areas, the costs of a topographical survey can be astronomical. Traditional surveying requires on-site time and skill, travel time, and in-office process time. Time is money and a large survey can end up costing an organisation thousands. Delivering and processing reliable data quickly translates into a great return on investment when compared with traditional methods.
4. Ease of use
The latest in commercial drones are increasingly more affordable and easy to operate. This means that, while operating a drone requires training and a licence, some organisations are looking into legally operating their own drones. With the correct training and compliance certification, this means organisations can conduct their own surveys in their own time, easily and quickly. Need drone training and certification? We know how to get that done!
When it comes to mapping with drones, we are the experts. Our surveying and mapping services can change the way in which your organisation conducts and uses topographical surveys, increasing your productivity and having a positive effect on your bottom line. Using the latest in drone capture technology and software based reporting, our expert team can offer you detailed results, accurate maps, and support at every step of the surveying journey.