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Forestry - Tree plantation management

3D photomesh and orthomosaic of bluegum tree plantation.

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Small Drone Mapping 101

The Aero Scout shares his experiences with UAV mapping and 3D models.

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Alkimos Beach - 3D Photomesh and Orthomosaic

Alkimos beach aerial survey to produce a 3D photomesh and orthomosaic.

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Chestnut Brae - Farm planning map

Demonstrating how drone imagery can be used as a base for effective farm planning.

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Small Construction Site - 3D Photomesh and Orthomosaic

UAV aerial survey of a construction site to produce a 3D photomesh and orthomosaic.

Land Development Site



Mission Summary

  • Goal: Demonstrate effectiveness of drone scans for stockpile volume calculations and site asset monitoring.
  • Tech: DJI Phantom 3 4K, Drone Deploy
  • Conditions: Midday, sunny, moderate wind
  • Outcome: Even using manual flying (no auto waypoints) it wasn't difficult to produce an accurate, detailed map of the construction site and then interrogate for meaningful insights. 











This has been another 'drone adventure' in aerial surveying, inspection and mapping by The Aero Scout.

Grain Receival Depot



Mission Summary

  • Goal: Drone scan grain receival depot in preparation to conduct larger scan on regional / port depot
  • Tech: DJI Phantom 3 4K, Drone Deploy
  • Conditions: Midday, sunny, moderate wind
  • Outcome: 3x batteries and 60min of flight time has produced a detailed scan with a 1cm/pixel resolution














This has been another 'drone adventure' in aerial surveying, inspection and mapping by The Aero Scout.

Land Estate



Mission Summary

  • Goal: To create a 3D site map that included site conditions, retaining walls and a newly built house with a Mavic Pro.
  • Tech: DJI Mavic Pro, Drone Deploy
  • Conditions: Mid-afternoon, cloudy, windy
  • Outcome: Site conditions processed well however the quality of the model of the new house was low.









This has been another 'drone adventure' in aerial surveying, inspection and mapping by The Aero Scout.

Community Sport Centre



Mission Summary

  • Goal: To practice scanning methodology with a Mavic Pro in tight, windy conditions.
  • Tech: DJI Mavic Pro, Drone Deploy
  • Conditions: Mid-afternoon, cloudy, windy








This has been another 'drone adventure' in aerial surveying, inspection and mapping by The Aero Scout.

Equip Shelter As-Built

Image from drone for an as-built scan 

Mission Summary

  • Goal: To re-scan the as-built structure for a project that was initially scanned by drone and then designed and delivered in Revit.
  • Tech: DJI Phantom 3 4K, Drone Deploy






This has been another 'drone adventure' in aerial surveying, inspection and mapping by The Aero Scout.

Storm Damage Inspection



Mission Summary

  • Goal: To use drone imagery to assist with a storm damage inspection on a Government building
  • Tech: DJI Phantom 3 4K, Drone Deploy
  • Conditions: Midday, cloudy and windy
  • Outcome: The imagery was extremely valueable and instrumental in delivering a high quality report to the client.














This has been another 'drone adventure' in aerial surveying, inspection and mapping by The Aero Scout.

Residential Framed Roof



Mission Summary


  • Goal: To assess the effectiveness of drone scanning a complex framed structure
  • Tech: DJI Phantom 3 4K, Drone Deploy
  • Conditions: Midday, cloudy, low wind
  • Outcome: Whilst the walls and site have been processed well, the frame roof was not completely rendered.






This has been another 'drone adventure' in aerial surveying, inspection and mapping by The Aero Scout.

Shipping Container - 3D Scan Inspection


Mission Summary

  • Goal:  Test manual camera settings for low light conditions
  • Tech: DJI Phantom 3 4K, Drone Deploy
  • Conditions: Evening (low light)
  • Outcome: Adjusting the camera settings to low light conditions was a success.

Back on the farm in Nannup, it was too much to resist not scanning a shipping container used for extra storage.








This has been another 'drone adventure' in aerial surveying, inspection and mapping by The Aero Scout.

BBQ - 3D Scan

Mission Summary

  • Goal:  Test photogrammetry from a smartphone
  • Tech: iPhone8s, Autodesk ReCap
  • Conditions: Midday and raining
  • Outcome: Smartphone camera can be a powerful tool for reality capture

We were down at the local park for an afternoon walk, when I went to test some simple photogrammetry methodology using my smartphone daughter decided she wanted to be part of the scan.







This (IMO) was a successful scan.




This has been another 'drone adventure' in aerial surveying, inspection and mapping by The Aero Scout.

Golden Pipeline - 3D Scan Inspection

Pipeline Inspection

Mission Summary

  • Goal:  Determine of drone imagery is effective for pipeline inspection purposes
  • Tech: DJI Phantom 3 4K, Drone Deploy
  • Conditions: Early Afternoon and sunny
  • Outcome: Drone imagery enables quick and accurate analysis and it also shows the larger field-scale trends that can go unseen at ground level 

It was a gorgeous winter day so we packed the family up (along with a thermos and tea) and headed east to the fringes of the wheat belt with the aim of finding an un-shaded length of the iconic Golden Pipeline to scan. I have previously had two failed attempts of scanning the pipeline, both of these done closer to the city and in areas with far more tree cover.






This has been another 'drone adventure' in aerial surveying, inspection and mapping by The Aero Scout.