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HOW ARE DRONES SHAPING THE WORLD OF SURVEYING?

July 1, 2024

In our ever-evolving world, the pace of technological advances can almost feel dizzying. The emergence of drone surveying has marked a significant shift in how we can approach surveying. These remarkable machines are not just transforming the landscape of traditional surveying; they’re reshaping how we connect with and understand our environment. Let’s explore this exciting evolution together, appreciating how it enhances our ability to design and build amazing spaces more efficiently and effectively.

AN INVALUABLE TOOL

Drones, the unmanned aerial vehicles you’ve likely seen buzzing overhead, are becoming invaluable tools for surveyors. The reason for this surge in popularity? Drones provide a bird’s-eye view of landscapes, buildings, and cities with ease and precision that were once hard to imagine. For surveyors dedicated to precision and excellence, drones represent a significant opportunity.

  • SAVING TIME – Imagine trying to map a new development area or inspect a hazardous structure. Traditionally, these tasks could be time-consuming, sometimes risky and expensive. Drones are equipped with cameras and sensors, to capture data that was once only accessible through more labour-intensive means. They can swoop over rugged terrains, providing surveyors with detailed topographical data in minutes, data that is crucial for planning and building. This ultimately helps clients to receive their data quicker and get their projects off the ground!
  • RELIABLE AND ACCURATE – Drones can be equipped with advanced technologies like Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) sensors, which use lasers to collect pinpoint data at a fraction of the time of conventional methods. This allows for an unprecedented level of detail in our surveys, supporting projects in remote rural areas as well as densely populated urban areas. 
  • ENHANCED SAFETY – The ability of drones to quickly gather data doesn’t just save time; it enhances safety too. Surveying certain terrains can pose significant risks to human surveyors. Drones can easily access these areas without any personal risk. This ensures we can maintain the safety of our team while still collecting the essential data needed.
  • VERSATILE DELIVERABLES – Data gathered by drones is not only precise but also immensely versatile. It can be integrated into 3D models and other digital frameworks. This helps to create simulations and models that make it easier to visualise and predict possible outcomes in building and development projects. This integration is key in today’s interconnected digital world, where planning often involves multiple stakeholders who benefit from having comprehensive visual data to inform decisions.
  • ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY – Let’s not overlook the environmental aspect. Drones reduce the time needed on site for surveying purposes, which in turn minimises the carbon footprint associated with traditional surveying methods. In an age where sustainability is increasingly at the forefront of our professional practices, embracing drone technology is also a step towards greater environmental responsibility.

CONCLUSIONS

In conclusion, drones are not just changing the landscape of surveying; they are expanding the horizons of what we can achieve within our industry. By adopting this technology, we continue to enhance our ability to create spaces that benefit communities. We’re always here to explore new possibilities and navigate these exciting advancements together. 

If you have questions about drone surveys, how they can benefit you, or the process as a whole don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can ring us on 01732 458799, or fill out the contact form below for quotes and more info!

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