When most people think of drones, they think of lifestyle bloggers and adventure travelers flying airborne cameras over Thai jungles and Californian deserts. The aerial view is unmatched for both the aesthetics and the ability to provide an all-encompassing view. We had a similar idea in mind when we decided to employ drone mapping services to provide the visual data we needed to create 3D drawings for clients.
As is always the case with new and emerging technology, people have questions. Among the most common ones we receive is whether or not drone mapping or drone surveying is ideal for specific setups. So far, we have yet to encounter a situation where the answer is no. Here are some of the many sites where it would be a suitable option:
- Property development on raw or undeveloped land
- Treatment plants that are deep underground
- Inside factories and warehouses
- Home renovations
The Old Process
Digital design engineering requires drawings of the location for architects and engineers to work on. In the past, engineers relied on manual processes and measurements that they checked and annotated out in the field. They then brought this information back to the office where they could later create the 3D drawing for clients.
If they realized two measurements didn’t add up or that they forgot to add something, they would have to go back to the field to get it done. This made it almost impossible for companies to operate outside of their geographic area unless they were willing to take long flights and accept the cost of travel if they found any errors later on in their drawings.
The New Process
Thanks to the obvious faults of the old system, engineers have spent the past few years trying to find new ways to create a more accurate process. We wanted a solution that required less time and created fewer errors. Drone 3D mapping meets these requirements, even remotely, through the use of laser scanning. Field agents take the drones out into the field and use them to gather the information needed.
Back at the office, engineers receive the information in real-time. Our team can then evaluate this information as it comes in, spot any potential errors and ensure they have all the information they need. They can do all of this before the field agents leave the site, making a trip back to the physical location unnecessary. This helps to save on operating costs while helping us to maintain comparatively quick turnarounds.
The Benefits of Drone Surveying
Naturally, drone mapping has some benefits over the more traditional method. However, we find that many clients don’t do mapping at all. If you have been getting by just fine without fully mapping out your farm or factory, you may wonder why you need to. What if we told you it could help save you money?
When purchasing property “as-built,” our drone mapping services can help with due diligence. The drones can either confirm or challenge the information in paperwork presented to you. This may get you out of a bad deal, give you pointers for negotiation or provide you with some peace of mind.
For sites that are already in use, drone mapping services help with improving safety. Some built-in hazards go unseen at ground level that you can better identify from a bird’s eye view. Creating a safer space for employees to work not only keeps workers on the job but also reduces the risk of personal injury litigation.
At Design Systems, Inc., we believe that drone 3D mapping is the way forward. One day, this technology will be as common in the field as tape measures. Contact us today via our contact form for a quote.