Aerial land surveys and 3d mapping with drones
Like any other field, land surveying has gone through a process of evolution over time. Initially, engineers used measuring stations and laser-guided instruments to measure a land they wanted to develop. With the advent of GPS, scientists and engineers could measure a vast patch of land through geo-spatial satellites.

The latest trend in this field is the use of land surveying and 3D mapping drones. Using these drones, engineers can precisely measure and develop rural as well as urban areas much quicker than before.

Major Applications of Surveying and Mapping with UAV’s:

Aerial Land surveys

One of the best uses of drones is to capture a big piece of land with great attention to detail. Since drones are usually flown below 400 ft, the images captured through objects can tell you exactly where the road ends and where the housing starts. The data captured in the form of digital pixels can then be used by engineers to develop a blueprint for building houses or other structures as well as perform aerial inspections.
Drone land inspection Southern California
Drone land inspection

Mining Site Aerial Inspection

When a drone is flown over coal or any other mineral mine, it captures accurate data of pathways which makes it easy for the geologists to identify how to dig the minerals out of the earth. This reduces time and risks faced by quarry workers.

Commercial and Residential Construction

A few years back, mapping a construction site was a colossal task. A team of land surveyors, architects, and construction engineers had to visit a site in order to determine how much raw material will be required to build a structure. Thanks to remotely controlled drones, this is not that big of a task anymore. Accurate and detail-oriented pictures received from drones can be used in mapping software to save time and money for building contractors.
As more and more drones are used for mapping a development site, scientists and engineers are developing sophisticated software technology that can make the best use of images captured through drones.

The latest software use drone images as ‘raw material’ on their dashboard. This dashboard provides essential drag and drop tools to architects who can then create a virtual image of how an area will look like post-construction.

3D mapping with drone photography

The best part about mapping a piece of land through drones is that it allows you to create a three-dimensional image of a development site. High definition images captured through drones from a much lower height than geospatial websites allow you to determine how high and wide each object is on a patch of land.

Based on varying topographic surveys carried out using cutting edge drone based technology, scientists are able to create 3D images of land on their computer screen. This image can then be used to capture minute details including floor plans and window sizes of a building being constructed.

While drones are a great way to map an area of land, users of this remote flying technology should make sure that they are following local, state and government regulations. This helps ensure the safety and security of these flying objects and everything around them!
Drone agricultural inspections
Farming and agricultural drone services California
Drones are being used in agriculture sectors for a while now. Sources suggest that the majority of farmers in the United States either want to or are already using drones to monitor their crops. Did you know that there are certain types of drones that can lift heavy objects apart from cameras?

These may include fertilizer spraying containers or heat sensors to check if there is dead or surviving animals wandering in the field. With so many benefits, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or UAVs are changing the way people plant and grow their crops in this country.
Drone farm shot
Drone farm shot

How are Drones Revitalizing the Agriculture Sector?

Assessing crop health

Near ultraviolet cameras when fitted into drones can capture the light rays that are being used by plants for photosynthesis. This technology combined with UAVs helps farmers determine which areas of land need more light and which ones are growing faster than others.

All this analysis is a part of precision agriculture which has been boosted with the help of drones. The GPS based maps that are created by drones are then used with cutting edge technology to help increase the efficiency of farmers.
Drone agricultural services
Drone agricultural services

Creating digital maps

Drones are connected through wireless networks with smart devices, like iPad or iPhone, to create a digital map of the irrigated field. This helps farmers spray fertilizers and supply water in appropriate amounts to different patches of the irrigated land.

Monitoring livestock

Gone are the days when you needed a sheepdog to herd and control your livestock. Nowadays sophisticated unmanned flying objects can be fitted with heat-sensing cameras which can determine the exact location of each animal. Farmers can then use drones to locate if any animal has been hurt or is lying on the grown to give birth to a baby.
Drone farming photography
Drone farming photography
FAA regulations suggest that drones need to fly below 400 feet. Hence, the pictures captured through HD cameras fitted in these devices are quite precise and accurately capture how each plant in the field looks like from an elevated point. For this reason, insurance companies are also using these drones to capture the current state of the crop.

Vineyards and the the wine industry

The wine industry around the world is highly driven by visuals and high-end advertising. That being said, high quality content for marketing materials is a must. Using drones to capture stunning aerial photography and video is essential for showing off the vineyard property and showcasing the wine brand. Sunset and sunrise shots over beautiful crops like wine grapes is an easy win for designers and advertisers.

Drones are being used in the wine industry by the farmers and producers, as well as insurance companies to monitor and maintain the overall health of the property.

Future of drones in the agriculture sector

As farmers find more and more uses for these sophisticated Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, scientists are thinking of developing drone groups that act independently but work collectively. What this essentially means is that there could be two or more drones that will assess, monitor and spray crops at one time. This will take farming efficiency to a whole new level. Besides that, developers are working toward hybrid drones that can fly high or stay on the ground to collect data and improve crop conditions.

As the use of drones grows in the field of agriculture, so does the fear that they might invade other people’s privacy or damage someone else’s property if they are not in your line of sight. For these and other reasons, the development of new types of drones goes through a rigorous quality check before being introduced to the market. Always check your local laws and certification requirements before filming.