Reduce cost and time of earthworks using drone surveying
Perform surveys faster and at a fraction of the cost, while capturing millions of detailed points for:
Visual records of excavation
Cut and fill calculation
Accurate haul cost estimate
Civil engineering work
5 Reasons to use sUAS in Construction
Faster Site Surveying
For most field engineers, there’s a simple reason for using sUAS for earthworks: speed. It can take hours to walk the jobsite and measure aggregates and stockpiles with traditional workflows, and then it usually takes 1-2 days to process the data and produce the final deliverables.
sUAS are doing this work in a fraction of the time.
For example, we can fly a sUAS and capture a 10 acre site in less than 12 minutes. We then process the images, and in a matter of hours create an orthomosaic and a point cloud of the site.
Cut-and-Fill Made Simple
To perform cut-and-fill analyses and comparisons, most firms will conduct a topographic survey and collect points on a grid throughout their site. For large sites or areas with complex terrain, this survey can take days to perform, and post-processing the data typically takes another day. sUAS have dramatically reduced the manual work needed to perform a cut-and-fill: once aerial data is collected, software platforms like Pix4D enables cloud processing and export into native Autodesk file formats like an DXF, a point cloud file that can be used in Civil 3D.
Verifying Work and Managing Conflicts
Whether your earthworks projects are self-performed or done by grading contractors, it’s vital to regularly monitor project progress, especially at key milestones and handoffs, in order to ensure that work is being done as planned. Collecting this progress data regularly has been a challenge in the past—for many firms, it’s too expensive and time-consuming to regularly document their site, and they often end up with gaps in their data that could have been used to improve communication with stakeholders or resolve disputes with subcontractors. sUAS have helped bridge this gap: many of our customers fly their site once per day, process their images into an orthomosaic, and then create an elevation map that can then be compared to the initial site plans as the project goes on. This helps document and monitor progress at important phases of the project and enables more focused quality control.
Streamlined Cost Estimates
To keep projects running smoothly and within budget, field engineers often do volume measurements to calculate the cost and labor time involved in managing their resources. By flying a drone, it’s possible to scan a jobsite in minutes, and then import the data into tools like Civil 3D and create a surface model that can be used for cost and labor estimates.
Improved Worker Safety
In the field, landfill personnel spends days walking piles and measuring aggregates with traditional survey tools. This is not only time-consuming, but it also puts them in harm’s way—they’re walking up and down steep slopes that are uneven and jagged, and it’s all too common for them to slip and fall. With drones, landfill personnel can inspect their stockpiles from a safe distance and not put themselves at risk—all while collecting millions of more points than ever before.
You can use the demo below to see how the online portal works to extract the data that matters to you most. We encourage you to use each of the tools available.
Move tool: Allows you to move the map to area of interest.
Line Tool: Create a line of measurement on the map. (3D view will show elevation)
Area Tool: Create a polygon on the map to measure an area.
Volume Tool: Create a polygon on the map around an area to measure volume (cut / fill, stockpiles or excavations)
Marker Tool: Create a mark on the map and add label for reference.
Inspection Tool: Create a inspection point on the map to inspect a certain area or feature.
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