In the past few years, drones have become more and more a part of our daily lives. What was surprising to us was the possible applications that they could provide to 3D scanning on a large scale. Aerial scanning utilizing drones/UAVs provides the possibility to capture data in dangerous and/or hard to reach places, while offering an excellent cost-to-benefit-ratio for numerous applications; precision farming, forestry, mining, etc. With the DJI Inspire 1, we will be able to capture images like never before. With just one flight from the drone, we can produce an impressive amount of data:
- Point clouds
- Edge lines, vector lines, 3D terrain points
- DTM (Digital Terrain Model)
- Distances, areas, volumes
- and many more
Using our drone, we can vastly reduce the time spent collecting accurate data. By acquiring raster data from the sky, in the form of geo-referenced digital aerial images, we can gather millions of data points in one short
flight. Staff safety is also improved by minimizing risk to surveying teams when measuring sites such as mines, unstable slopes and transportation routes. Our drone-based data collection can also boost productivity. Surveying projects that used to take days or weeks using older surveying techniques are now possible in just a few hours.