Until recently, the only way to get highly accurate and high resolution photogrammetric aerial maps was to fly the area of interest with a manned aircraft. But the arrival of advanced drone technology capabilities in the last few years has made high quality aerial maps available for a multitude of people and industries at a fraction of the previous cost.
Our 2D and 3D mapping service drones are helping clients like you to map large areas quickly and inexpensively and provide data that helps expedite map production workflows in a variety of mapping, surveying and other commercial settings. Because the images our drone captures for mapping are so detailed and accurate, they can be used to measure real distances for survey and comparative analysis over time.
The overlapping 2D geo-referenced aerial images are stitched together and using this information, combined with additional images taken at 30° and 45° angles, the software can also produce a 3D models. This means the map can be viewed from any side or orientation.
The higher we fly (up to our maximum permittable of 120m), the more acres of land we can cover. And obviously, the lower we fly the more detailed the image we can capture. The standard maximum resolution of the images is 5cm per pixel but we can potentially get to 1cm per pixel for an additional cost.
Depending on your drone 2D or 3D mapping requirements, we use industry standard drone mapping software such as Pix4D Mapper and DroneDeploy to build 2D photo-mosaics and 3D Digital Surface Models. We can provide you with output in various file formats, including point clouds, for you to use or to import into your GIS or CAD software like AutoCAD, ArcGIS, 3D Reshaper, etc.
For land surveyors, drone aerial photogrammetry is a great solution. We can provide surveyors with highly accurate maps with photogrammetry that can easily be turned into a 3D topographic maps with contour data — a process that used to be extremely tedious. Working with surveyors who have specialist ground equipment like RTK GPS units, we can use our drones to help produce extremely accurate maps for their clients. The speed, cost and efficiency of drones helps speed up the 2D and 3D mapping production workflow significantly.
The 2D and 3D maps that we can create with our drones can be used to regularly update clients in the construction industry on the progress of their projects and even analyze stockpiles of raw materials such as sand and gravel. These 2D and 3D maps can help construction professionals like you obtain the "big picture" support strategic decision making. We can programme our drones to repeat photos from exact geo-locations week-after-week to give incredible time-lapse views os sites.
Drone aerial maps, images and videos are an amazing tool for the sale or rental of buildings, property or land assets. For people in the market for large areas of real estate, for example, an accurate and up-to-date aerial map can be of huge value in deciding if the property is right for them. If you've ever studied a standard satellite image, you know that they can be dramatically out of date or lacking detail. Drone mapping 100% solves those issues. A highly detailed aerial map allows for insight into the property details without requiring a client to be there in person.
One industry that's already embracing mapping by drone is the mining industry. We can provide up-to-date and detailed 2D and 3D maps which an be used to manage stockpiles, water drainage, erosion detection, and pit and dump management along with a host of other uses. Constantly updated maps can give managers better situational awareness that can assist in decision making.
2D and 3D drone maps can give farmers like you the power to quickly analyze crops and provide crucial data to guide decision making. Our drones can semi-autonomously produce a map in RGB which can help farmers determine the health of crops. This can save a huge amount of time and effort and ultimately, improve their bottom line.
In a similar way to use in agriculture, drone mapping can also be helpful to the forestry industry. With detailed maps, tree count can be determined and the health of the forest can be monitored and managed in a highly cost-effectove way. Areas of dead or diseased trees can be monitored, which can assist with containment and even forest fire prevention.
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