Drone data processed into a Digital Twin

Get precise 3D and 2D representations of your project to get your design started or simply to get an up to date state.

Process data into digital models

A 3D drone mapping is essentially a land survey, but completer, more precise and much faster. It also provide a safer and more cost-effective way as compared to traditional methods. 3D drone mappings can be completed for terrains, roofs, stockpiles, and operational or maintenance tasks. The deliverables include a 3D point cloud, a 3D mesh and a 2D orthomosaic.

There are several technologies that deliver the best results for 3D drone mappings of land surveys. Drones can use laser sensors as well as high resolution cameras. The laser sensor is known as LIDAR. The high resolution camera system is called photogrammetry. Both have their pros and cons and the choice depends on the project requirements.

Photogrammetry

Photogrammetry is as old as the camera itself and used for topographic surveys as early as the 1850’s. Photogrammetry uses photographs to extract 3-dimensional measurements from 2-dimensional pictures. Today’s modern high-resolution cameras are small enough to be mounted on small drones which are subject to less restrictions than larger drones based on take-off weight. Yet with HD cameras powerful enough to take 40 megapixel pictures, the resolution provides enough data to generate a 3D terrain mapping accurate to within 1cm.

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LIDAR

LIDAR is sometimes also referred to as "LiDAR", "LIDaR", "Lidar" as well as 3D Laser Scanning. The term refers to Light, Detection and Ranging. The technology uses a fine laser that emits pulses of ultraviolet, visible, or near infrared light to objects and uses a special sensor to detect the reflected energy. LIDAR is extremely accurate and when completed by a surveyor at ground level or by a drone at low altitudes, the accuracy can be sub-centimeter. LIDAR maps that were created using airplanes at higher altitudes are less accurate and not useful for most projects.

LIDAR vs Photogrammetry

There are a significant number of articles debating this topic online and it really comes down to the use case. Overall, the equipment is far more expensive which can increase project costs.

Based on our experience at Inflights, photogrammetry works well when:

  • roofs and buildings
  • low density of vegetation
  • color value of the terrain / building needs to be used
  • precision of 1-3cm is needed

LIDAR is needed when:

  • high density of vegetation (forest, agriculture fields) and
  • digital terrain model is required

Deliverables

A standardized set of products ready to integrate in your existing workflow.

Point Cloud

The area of interest is modeled by a cloud of points in space, each with its own color and coordinates.

Textured Mesh

A mesh is the 3D shape of a model, approximated by triangles. The texture is a sheet based upon the pictures that acts like a skin lying on the surface of your model.

Orthomosaic

The area is represented by a photorealistic map. This map is made out of rectified photos and synthesized into an accurate high resolution georeferenced image.

How it works

Our global pilot community and central team are ready to help you to obtain the drone data for your project

Standardized process

Request your quote

Upload the area to be mapped to the Inflights Platform, or select an area on the map.

Get instant price

Our algorithms will generate the best price for you based on our pricing agreements with our pilot community.

Sit back and relax

We ensure that all legal requirements are met. We keep you updated of all the critical steps in the process, and inform you when the final deliverables are ready.

Download or View your results online

View your deliverables online, or use our ready-to-use files into your own softwares to start designing your site.

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