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Common Uses of Drones in Surveying and Mapping

The use of drones in surveying is becoming increasingly in demand.  Often referred to as Drone Mapping, it is an aerial survey that uses sensors, such as RGB or multispectral cameras, or LiDAR payloads that can capture a vast quantity of data, quickly. These aerial surveys combine the sensors along with survey-grade ground points and aerial targets to accurately align the data to the ground.

These surveys have common uses in the construction world today.

Photogrammetry – the science of making measurements from Photographs. The output often results in either a map, measurement or 3D model of a real-world object or scene. In fact, most of the maps we use today are created using photogrammetry and images taken from traditional aircraft.

Base Mapping – used to determine the most suitable land-use in terms of development and planning, or for construction purposes. It uses the drone to collect imagery and topographic relief of the land to give an idea of the current condition of the land, slope, and relief to better enable an architect or land developer to make decisions on its use.

ALTA Surveys – using a drone and a combination of software, including PIX 4D/PIX 4D Survey and AIRworks, drones can be used to defray the cost of large ALTA surveys if the project is a good candidate for drone imagery. The drone is able to fly the site and draw in many of the features on the parcel, reducing the need for the crew to manually measure all of the property improvements and significantly decreasing the number of man-hours required in CAD as well.

At Stoner, our Drone Mapping services include quality drone equipment along with commercial grade processing software that allow for the most accurate types of surveys in the industry today.  To learn more about acquiring a drone survey for your project call us at (954) 585-0997.

About Stoner Since 1988, Stoner has continually provided the highest level of quality service to each and every project.  Staying true to the company mission statement of Experience, Excellence, Service and Technology: These are the watchwords that we apply to each of our clients’ projects.  Today, the company services the greater South Florida area including Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Monroe Counties.  Allowing the team of professionals to deliver critical surveying services in a timely manner to both the private sector and the government.  For more information on Stoner, please call (954) 585-0997or visit



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