(VAP) Victoria Air Photos and Survey
Professional UAV/Drone Aircraft Photography and Innovations Victoria BC.

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Surveying and Mapping with Drones

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 VAP has completed successful drone survey and mapping missions. When it comes to drones, accuracy is key.

Conventional drone mapping can be several meters off, but using RTK (Real Time Kinematics) capable RPAS, centimeter accuracy can be achieved. Qualified surveyors, land developers and engineers will benefit from our drone services.

Our unique services are continually proving to be powerful tools, simultaneously providing leaps in efficiency and safety.

With our ability to capture data with ground corrections, advanced RPAS have been successfully integrated into surveying workflows. We provide deliverables, land surveys (verified using certified surveyors), photogrammetry, point clouds, 3D/2D mapping, topographic surveying, Precision Agricultural(PA) work and more.

We now offer complete boundary survey and fence installation services.



What is a drone survey?

A drone survey is mostly an autonomous, computer controlled flight in which a survey conducted from overhead using a drone (RPAS).

RTK RPAS Surveying is the new precise science of determining the positions of, and the distances between, points in 2D and 3D space. Surveys provide critical information that enables informed decision making ranging from construction site planning, to design and upkeep of infrastructure, to delineating property boundaries, and more.


Why is using RTK drones for surveying superior compared to traditional methods?

Our experienced RPAS/Drones services, excel at rapidly acquiring data from vantage points inaccessible to humans.

►  When surveying challenging terrain, drones make it unnecessary for human operators to physically access and measure points in hazardous or difficult-to-reach locations.

►  Additionally, while traditional surveying methods require meticulous measurement, preparation, and planning, RPAS flown skillfully, can capture comparable CM accurate data in dramatically shorter time frames.

►  For example, STRABAG, a leading Austrian construction company estimates drones enable them to conduct surveys with 75% reduced GCP set-up time!

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In sum, RTK drone surveying produces quality results quickly, and adds to profitably/low cost), and safely!



What kinds of deliverables can you achieve with drone surveying?

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 Depending on your choice of data sensors and surveying software, drone surveying can produce Orthomosaics, Contour DXF (AutoCAD) RAW Elevation Value (DEM) 3D Models, Point Clouds, Countour SHP (Shapefiles),  Stockpile Analysis and a host other supported exports formats, layers and many other files types by request. Possibilities are endless!



 Utilizing photogrammetry, companies capture aerial imagery and generate valuable insights from large data sets, making it possible to see and measure the changes occurring over time on job sites, mines, and properties.

Call us at VAP to have a free one on one consultation at 250 507 6421



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Photo: Example of a mapping project completed by VAP using a drone software program to calculate the precise volume of aggregate piles for construction manager at the push of a button.


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How accurate are drone surveys?

Before adopting drones into their workflows, many surveyors ask about aerial surveying accuracy. What degree of accuracy can drone surveying techniques achieve?

Surveying drone solutions can produce surveys with 2 CMs of accuracy, depending on the requirements of the project.


In an independent study by DroneDeploy, the DJI Phantom 4 RTK achieved 2 cm relative vertical accuracy and 1.20 cm relative horizontal accuracy!DJI Enterprise Advanced RTK  survey drones

For some applications, like checking crop growth, or construction progress, high relative accuracy is sufficient. For other jobs that also require high absolute accuracy, there are drones equipped with real-time kinematics (RTK) and post-processing kinematics (PPK) capabilities.

When paired with a few GCPs, survey-level accuracy can be achieved. VAP can employ a BC Land Surveyor to set GCP's in specific location for a project and verify workflows and quality control.



The Concept:

1.  Survey DRONES are quickly becoming an integral part of our toolkit as service providers.

2.  Our customers are seeing huge time savings and decreased costs thanks to RPAS technology.

3.  In some cases, sites can be surveyed 20x faster than they would through traditional ground methods.

4.  Not only do drones increase efficiency, but for many managers, drones can be a much safer choice too.



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Create topographic maps: Use drone data to save time and lower costs while creating accurate topographic maps.

Produce survey-grade maps: When paired with powerful drone mapping software, and ground control points, drones can produce survey-grade maps and accurate 3D models in hours, as opposed to days.

Improve safety: Reduce the amount of time crews spend walking sites or navigating dangerous areas.

Lower costs: Lower costs for yourself and your clients by performing surveys in a fraction of the time compared to traditional ground methods.

Integrate with industry software for additional analysis: Drone maps and models can be easily imported into most industry software. As a surveyor, you can provide your clients with additional information that they may not otherwise have, like 3D models that can be used for inspection and compliance.


Call or message VAP staff today to learn more or a free quote 250 507 6421.



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