Unlocking the Potential of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) for Aerial Mapping

Aerial drone mapping stands as a remarkably cost-effective solution for swiftly surveying large areas compared to conventional methods. Surveys can be processed to produce precisely geo-referenced high-resolution imagery as well as detailed ground surface models.

Our accredited drone pilots are experts in their field, and can advise you on the suitability of a drone survey as opposed to traditional survey methods. 

The flights

In most cases drone flights won’t require the approval of CASA. Our accredited remote pilots will ensure safety with a CASA approved format job safety analysis, and are aware of any potential risks and how to mitigate them. 

The processing

Photogrammetric processing is a process of geo-referencing individual photographs by combining with GPS data, then batches of overlapping photos are imported into Pix4D photogrammetric software for image processing.  Pix4D has a range of different product options dependent on the application.  Once processed in Pix4D, point clouds can be read into Cyclone 3DR for further processing and to extract the ground surface.

The deliverables

Deliverables produced include:

Precisely geo-referenced high-resolution orthophoto mosaics:

This stunning imagery is corrected for terrain height to create a large imagery mosaic without any distortion or noticeable overlap in photography.  This geo-referenced image can be displayed as an underlay in CAD or GIS software, or can be uploaded to a cloud-based workspace platform such as Propeller to assist with project planning and tracking.

3D point clouds

These large coloured point datasets can be further processed by classification (ground, buildings, vegetation separate data sets for example) and can be very detailed or sampled down to smaller data sets depending on the application.

Ground surface modelling – 3D Triangulated Irregular Networks (TINs):

A very detailed 3D ground mesh is able to be produced which can be used for a range of different purposes including:  topographic mapping and contours, volume calculations, hydrological analysis, slope and aspect analysis, viewshed analysis, geotechnical engineering, visualization and urban planning to name a few.

Site visualisation and fly-throughs:

Besides a ground surface mesh, all other site features including buildings, trees and powerlines for example can be auto-meshed to create a great visualization tool.  With this colourised mesh we can create fly-through animations which can be easily shared or used as part of a presentation.

Any of this data can be further enriched with traditional ground-sourced survey data, terrain contours, or superimposed design drawings.

Why use us?

There are a number of operators in the market offering aerial drone services - why use us? The difference is that surveying expertise can give you 100% confidence in the data collected. We use accurate ground control points (GCPs) to independently prove the data, so you can have complete confidence in the final data deliverables.

So how accurate is it? It depends partly on what accuracy you require.  Flying lower can yield higher accuracy with more photos, but flying higher can cover larger areas.  Typical accuracy achievable is similar to survey grade GPS or around 2cm vertically and 1.2cm horizontally.

Aerial mapping with Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPAs) can also capture areas that are difficult, hazardous or completely inaccessible using conventional survey techniques.

Engineering Surveys Pty Ltd (ARN 1075771) is certified by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) as a Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) operator.  RPA Operators Certificate (ReOC): CASA.ReOC.6662.

If you're interested in exploring possibilities for your next mapping project, we invite you to get in touch.
Our team is always eager to assist, dedicated to achieving outstanding outcomes for our valued clients.