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Benefits Of Using Drones to Survey Land

Almost every property development project begins with a land survey. Surveys provide critical information that enables informed decision-making ranging from construction site planning to design and upkeep of infrastructure, and more. One piece of equipment that is used is for this purpose is a drone or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Drones have been successfully integrated into land surveying because of their ability to capture data from above and provide different types of maps.


  1. Decreased Time & Costs

Some sites can take weeks and sometimes months for land surveyors to compile information using traditional methods. Collecting this same data via a drone technology saves loads of time. Capturing topographic data with a drone is up to five times faster than with land-based methods.

  1. Maps Inaccessible Areas

Land surveying can be a dangerous job. Drone surveys eliminate the need for surveyors to traverse unknown terrain. This helps avoid high-risk situations navigating areas such as rail lines or rocky terrains. Drones are especially useful in gathering data in hard to reach locations or vantage points that are inaccessible. A drone can fly almost anywhere and can take on steep slopes and harsh areas unsuitable for traditional measuring tools.

  1. More Accurate & Precise Data

Drone cameras take a series of high-definition photos at different angles, creating thousands of accurate data points, including geo-references, elevation points, and colors. This allows developers to create 3D models of a site or building. Clients can see more than what a traditional survey provides.

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