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Engineering

Drones have a wide variety of uses within engineering from topographical surveys, orthomosaics, volume measurement and asset inspection to site monitoring. At nearly every stage of the engineering process drones can be of huge benefit from planning to final construction of the structure e.g. building, road, bridge etc. Drones offer key benefits such as cost and time reductions, risk mitigation and quality improvements, thereby bringing a competitive advantage to our clients.

Drones will also revolutionise engineering through the use of 3D modelling which will reduce the amount of time it takes to design, analyse and maintain a structure, or implement any changes. 3D models are capable of spanning the infrastructure’s entire lifecycle, from the initial planning stages through to operation and maintenance. Engineers can enjoy a clearer understanding of a project’s performance by maintaining more consistent data and responding faster to change. Drones can assist engineers in the following ways:

  • Topographical Survey: topographic surveys are an essential part of any engineering project. Using drones to survey land or a site saves a substantial amount of time which will move a project one step closer to meeting its scheduled deadline. We can carry out surveys of large areas of land per day using our sophisticated photogrammetry software and total station/GPS equipment. We can also produce digital surface/terrain models (DSM/DTM) and contour maps can be created on either model at intervals defined by the client if required.

  • Orthomosaics: we have the capability and technology required to take aerial imagery over a large area which allows all of the images to be merged to form a seamless mosaic in high resolution. The overlaps ensure that there are no gaps in the resulting imagery. This data can be used by engineers to understand the development area in great detail.

  • Volume Measurement: we can measure stockpiles on site or the extraction volumes for earthworks. It’s very challenging, costly and time consuming to quantify the exact amount of resources present in a specific area using traditional methods, but this is not the case using our drones and specialised cameras. Ground Control Points (GCPs) can be used for even more accuracy.

  • Progress Monitoring: drones are the best way for engineers to monitor work progress on a project. They provide engineers with data to better track a project’s progress, manage resources, reduce downtime, and keep projects on schedule and within budget. Images and/or videos can be used to record progress in management reporting.

  • 3D Modelling: 3D models are a great way for engineers to visualise an area of interest which is very different to viewing it using standard images. These models provide a detailed level of depth and insights into the structure being assessed. 3D models can be imported into BIM or CAD packages so that comparisons can be done with the design plans.

  • Asset Inspection: whether it’s inspecting an asset such as a road, building, industrial unit, bridge etc. drone inspections provide engineers with a safe, quick and cost effective way of inspecting the asset. Drone inspections can provide access to areas that are deemed too difficult or risky to send engineers into. An added benefit is that all drone inspection results can be saved for future reference while also allowing for comparisons over time.