drone Mapping & Data Acquisition

Drone Mapping and Data Acquisition for Aggregates, Land Development, Energy Development, and Emergency
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Drone Mapping

Drone mapping for construction, stockpile measurements, urban planning, volume calculations, terrain modeling, large-scale mapping, interactive mapping, and creative environments like gaming will save time and money.  A host of applications for drone mapping including drawing site lines, topo maps, grading plans, and 3d maps all benefit your company operations to be more efficient and cost-effective.  Create visual environments for your clients and explore properties and places like never before.  Use drone mapping to create environments for gaming and virtual reality at a fraction of traditional costs.  An alternative to drone mapping is interactive 360-degree images for a truly immersive experience.

Drone Data Acquisition & Deliverables

From large-scale mapping to 4-acre sites.  For instance, we have solutions for stockpile management, project planning, permanent record of installation, progression report management, cut and fill volumes, volumetric calculations, linear calculations, contour lines, and watershed data analysis.

Case uses – Urban planning, counting assets, stockpile measurement, watershed analysis, contour lines,  golf course management, code compliance, and damage assessment.

Gravel site comprised of 52 separate images with georeferenced tags used for stockpile measurements.

Drone Volume Calculations

Volume calculations, measurements, and contour lines are a few solutions we provide.   In addition, we generate maps with an accuracy of ±2 cm or ±0.7874 inches or less if necessary.  We do this using Ground Control Points (GCP’s) with survey grade GPS.  Photo FlyBoy is working with surveying companies to establish methods for signing off on survey grade maps.  Surveying companies are welcome to contact us and learn how to integrate drone mapping into your operations.  We build the perfect fit for your operational needs, from Drones to software to process your data with meaningful insight.

What Type of Resolution can you Expect with Drone Data?


Below is a large urban area mapped for one of our clients.  The marked area on the map to left is shown on the right at full resolution.  Just remember all images are resized and optimized to be displayed on our website.  The actual resolution is much higher.  Simply click the images below to see a larger rendering.  For more details contact us. 

The images below were captured at 400ft AGL which corresponds to 1.4 in / px.  For even higher resolution images are captured at a lower altitude to increase the resolution to the desired specifications for your project.  We also use a Sony RX1II 42 mp camera to capture images at a 1.5 cm/px GSD (Ground Sampling Distance) at 400ft, and can even create maps at a .7cm (.3 in) GSD for the most accurate maps available to date. 

We can also receive BVLOS Visual line of sight aircraft operation (§ 107.31) to enable us to map large areas in an expedited manner for certain areas, especially in low populated areas.  We are also able to request higher flight altitudes, Operating limitations for small unmanned aircraft (§ 107.51) to cover even more area with a low GSD using the Sony RX1II 42 mp camera.  You can see some of the waivers we have already received from the FAA here.

Despite your requirements, we have you covered with the latest technology and experience available today.

Ground control points (GCPS) are used to increase accuracy and report the actual deviations.  We also use PPK in large open areas to record extremely accurate data down to <= 1 cm accuracy for large projects.  We also provide reports to verify the proof of accuracy.  Data provided can be imported into AutoCAD, ArcGIS, QGIS, and others.  If your serious about accurate map data look no further Photo FlyBoy has the solution for you.


The above example is with a 20mp camera at 400ft  1.4 in GSD we will have examples of the Sony RX1II 42mp camera soon with a GSD of  1 cm or less down to .7cm with an incredible resolution to detect the smallest of objects!


The above example is with a 20mp camera at 190 ft .7 in (1.78 cm) GSD (Ground Sampling Distance).  As you can see it’s quite a bit higher resolution compared to the example above.  The image on the right is 300 inches wide, it can be printed as a site map for this RV Park up to 300″ wide at 100% resolution.  We can also create survey-grade maps to within 1cm accuracy with proof of accuracy.  We can perform this accuracy to small and very large surveys at a fraction of the cost for traditional surveying methods.

This allows for planning land development in all disciplines, including roads, power lines, buildings, mining operations, and basic land development, with a permanent record to pinpoint accuracy.

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