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Aerial LiDAR


Elevate Your Insight with Precision and Detail from above.

Why Aerial LiDAR?

Unleash the power of precision with our Aerial UAS LiDAR service. Our drones deliver high-resolution 3D terrain mapping, swiftly and accurately, even in complex environments. Perfect for construction, resource management, or infrastructure analysis, our LiDAR technology streamlines data collection and enhances your planning capabilities. Choose efficiency and detail with our expertly integrated LiDAR solutions—transforming your projects with data you can trust.

What's Aerial LiDAR?

Aerial LiDAR is a remote sensing technology that mounts on aircraft to scan the earth's surface with laser light. This technology creates precise, three-dimensional information about the shape of the terrain and surface characteristics. It works by emitting rapid laser pulses toward the ground and measuring the time it takes for each pulse to bounce back. The data collected is then used to produce detailed 3D models of the surveyed area, which are invaluable for applications in geography, archaeology, forestry, landscape ecology, and urban planning. Its ability to penetrate dense vegetation and deliver high-resolution data makes it a powerful tool for mapping and environmental monitoring.


Exceptional Quality

Enhanced Safety

UAS operations can significantly reduce the risk to human life by accessing hazardous or difficult-to-reach areas without putting personnel in harm's way.

Cost Efficiency

By deploying UAS for aerial surveys and inspections, companies can save on the costs associated with traditional manned aircraft operations, including fuel, maintenance, and pilot fees.

Time Savings

UAS can be quickly deployed and cover large areas in a fraction of the time required by traditional ground-based methods or manned aircraft.

High-Quality Data

With advanced sensors, UAS can capture high-resolution images and data, providing detailed insights for decision-making.

Easily Accessible

UAS can reach areas that are otherwise inaccessible or challenging for humans or ground vehicles, such as mountainous terrain, dense forests, or disaster zones.

Frequent Monitoring

The ease of deploying UAS makes it possible to conduct regular and repeated surveys, which is essential for monitoring changes over time, such as construction progress or environmental shifts.

Advanced Analysis

The data collected by UAS can be used with sophisticated algorithms for detailed analysis, such as 3D modeling, volumetric calculations, and change detection.

Compliance and Documentation

UAS can help businesses comply with regulatory requirements by providing accurate documentation and records of their operations and assets.

Integrated Data Solutions

UAS data can easily be integrated with GIS and other data systems, enhancing existing databases with aerial perspectives.

Reduced Environmental Impact

UAS operations are typically less intrusive and have a smaller carbon footprint compared to traditional methods involving heavy machinery or manned aircraft.

We Take Pride in Our Numbers


of Completed Projects

1 Million+

Acres scanned processed & delivered


of Satisfied Customers


First Aerial LiDAR Provider on the Northshore


As an Industry Leader

Aerial LiDAR canopy penetration

Penetrates Dense Canopy

Topographical Surveys: Rapidly map and measure large land areas, providing detailed elevation data for landscapes, aiding in planning and design processes.

The advantage of canopy penetration for Aerial UAS LiDAR services lies in its ability to capture detailed ground-level data through dense vegetation. Where traditional aerial imaging techniques are hindered by forest canopies, LiDAR pulses can filter through foliage to reach the earth's surface. This results in accurate topographical readings and insights into the underlying terrain, which are crucial for environmental studies, forestry management, and land-use planning. By providing data that is otherwise obscured by vegetation, Aerial UAS LiDAR services enable comprehensive analysis of ground conditions, facilitating informed decision-making and effective resource management, even in heavily wooded or overgrown areas.


Forest Canopy Analysis: Measure forest canopy and calculate biomass, aiding in ecological research and sustainable forest management.

Aerial UAS LiDAR services are transforming forestry management by providing detailed, accurate representations of forest structures. This technology allows for precise measurements of tree heights, canopy layers, and density, as well as the mapping of underbrush and ground cover beneath dense canopies. Such granular data is essential for calculating biomass, assessing wildlife habitats, and planning sustainable harvesting strategies. Additionally, Aerial UAS LiDAR aids in monitoring forest health, detecting disease outbreaks, and assessing damage from natural disasters like fires or storms. The benefits extend to improving the efficiency of forest operations, enhancing carbon stock estimation for climate change studies, and conserving biodiversity. By providing a bird's-eye view that penetrates to the forest floor, LiDAR equips foresters with the insights needed to manage forests more effectively and responsibly.

Aerial LiDAR for forestry
Aerial LiDAR Transmission


Power Line Inspections: Monitor and assess the condition of power lines and their proximity to trees or other obstructions, ensuring safe and efficient energy transmission.

Aerial UAS LiDAR is revolutionizing utility management by offering detailed and accurate mapping of utility infrastructure, such as power lines, pipelines, and substations. For the utilities sector, LiDAR facilitates vegetation management, allowing operators to identify areas where growth may threaten power lines, thus preventing outages and enhancing service reliability. It also aids in the inspection and maintenance of infrastructure, providing precise data to identify potential issues before they lead to failures. The high-resolution imagery supports route planning for new lines and infrastructure, ensuring optimal placement with minimal environmental impact. Moreover, LiDAR's ability to capture data over large, difficult-to-access areas quickly and safely reduces the need for hazardous manual surveys, significantly cutting down on labor costs and improving worker safety. In summary, Aerial UAS LiDAR delivers a powerful suite of benefits, including enhanced operational efficiency, improved risk management, and more informed decision-making for utility providers.

Drainage Delineation

Flood Modeling: Analyze and predict flood-prone areas by assessing terrains, helping communities prepare and mitigate potential damages. Hydrological Modeling: Evaluate water flow patterns, watershed boundaries, and flood-prone areas to support water resource management and flood mitigation.

Aerial UAS technology is a game-changer for drainage delineation, providing detailed topographical data essential for designing and managing drainage systems. The high-resolution imagery captured by drones allows for the precise mapping of land contours and watershed boundaries, essential for understanding water flow patterns and identifying potential drainage issues. This level of detail is invaluable for civil engineers and water management professionals in planning effective drainage solutions, mitigating flood risks, and ensuring proper water runoff during storm events. The advantages of using aerial UAS for drainage delineation include rapid data collection over large and often inaccessible areas, cost-effectiveness compared to traditional survey methods, and the ability to frequently monitor changes in the terrain, which is critical for the adaptive management of drainage infrastructure in response to environmental changes.

Aerial LiDAR for drainage delineation
Archaeological Surveys using LiDAR

Archaeological Surveys

Archaeological Exploration: Uncover and document hidden archaeological sites or features obscured by vegetation or natural processes without invasive techniques. Archaeological Site Discovery: Detect and document hidden or obscured archaeological sites, aiding in cultural heritage preservation.

Aerial UAS LiDAR is a transformative tool for archaeological surveys, enabling researchers to uncover and document ancient landscapes hidden beneath vegetation and soil. This non-invasive technology provides a detailed 3D view of the earth's surface, revealing subtle topographical features that may indicate the presence of ruins, burial sites, and historical land modifications. By penetrating overgrown areas, UAS LiDAR uncovers details that are often missed by traditional survey methods, allowing archaeologists to conduct preliminary site assessments with minimal disturbance. The advantages of employing this technology in archaeology include the ability to survey large or difficult-to-access areas quickly, the preservation of the physical integrity of sensitive sites, and the collection of comprehensive data that can guide more targeted ground-level explorations. Aerial UAS LiDAR ultimately enhances the efficiency and scope of archaeological discovery and preservation.

Urban Planning

Urban Planning: Assist city planners in designing or improving urban infrastructure by providing detailed 3D city models.

UAS Aerial LiDAR is a potent asset in urban planning, providing planners with an accurate, bird's-eye perspective of urban spaces. Its precise 3D mapping capabilities allow for the detailed visualization of cityscapes, including building footprints, infrastructure networks, and topography. This facilitates informed decision-making in land-use planning, infrastructure development, and the optimization of public services. For urban expansion or redevelopment projects, LiDAR helps in assessing the suitability of land, predicting environmental impacts, and engaging in strategic zoning. Additionally, its ability to quickly gather data across vast areas aids in disaster preparedness and emergency management. The use of UAS Aerial LiDAR streamlines the urban planning process, offering a cost-effective, efficient, and comprehensive planning tool that supports the creation of sustainable and resilient urban environments.

Aerial LiDAR for Urban Planning
Aerial LiDAR for Infrastructure


Transportation and Infrastructure Development: Aid in the planning, design, and maintenance of roads, bridges, and railways by providing accurate terrain and structure data.

Aerial UAS LiDAR is indispensable for infrastructure development and maintenance, providing a fast and precise method for surveying and mapping critical assets. Its use cases span the inspection of transportation networks, such as roads, bridges, and railways, enabling engineers to detect wear, deformations, or potential hazards with pinpoint accuracy. It's also pivotal in monitoring utilities, including power lines and pipelines, for vegetation encroachment or structural integrity. The advantages are multifold: UAS LiDAR minimizes the need for on-site inspections, which can be costly and dangerous; it captures comprehensive data for detailed analysis and planning, ensuring that infrastructure projects are designed and built with the utmost precision; and it facilitates ongoing maintenance, helping to prevent failures and extend the lifespan of infrastructure assets. With the capability to capture high-resolution data quickly over large and often inaccessible areas, aerial UAS LiDAR is a key technological ally in the efficient, safe, and sustainable management of infrastructure.


Mining, Landfills, Dirt work and Quarry Management: Monitor the volume and topology of mined materials, evaluate pit walls for stability, and plan excavation projects.

Aerial UAS LiDAR is highly valued for volumetric assessments, providing precise and rapid measurements of stockpiles, cut and fill areas, and resource deposits. By generating accurate 3D models, it allows for the exact calculation of volumes, which is crucial for inventory management, mining operations, and construction projects. The advantages include the elimination of manual measurement errors, substantial time savings, and enhanced safety by reducing the need for personnel to physically access potentially hazardous areas. Additionally, UAS LiDAR's ability to capture data from above ensures minimal disruption to daily operations on the ground. This technology not only improves operational efficiency and logistics planning but also aids in regulatory compliance by providing verifiable volume reports for auditing purposes. With aerial UAS LiDAR, businesses can make well-informed decisions based on reliable, up-to-date volumetric data.

Aerial LiDAR for Volumetric


ecko360 industrial is the go-to provider for advanced UAV remote sensing services in the Gulf Coast region. Our team of experts has the experience and expertise to deliver accurate, reliable data that can help you take your project to the next level. Contact us today to learn more about our services.

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