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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.

Contours for Civil Design

3D model of site - The area that needs to be surveyed is the field just below the circular storage units

Mission Summary

  • Goal: Use drone scanning to create contours to assist in the design of an emergency hardstand.
  • Tech: DJI Phantom 4 Pro, Drone Deploy
  • Conditions: Afternoon, sunny, moderate wind
  • Outcome: This proved to be an extremely effective way of gathering elevation data and converting that into contours to help Civil Designers plan an emergency hardstand area. 
High resolution orthomosaic of the existing site plus the field below where the emergency handstand is to be constructed 

With the elevation gradient it's much easier to understand the levels and slope of the area

The contours that were used by the Civil Designers for use in software such as AutoCAD and 12D 
Part of the final design

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

Stockpile Comparison - Drone vs Total Station

Mission Summary

  • Goal: Demonstrate effectiveness of drone scans for stockpile volume calculations.
  • Tech: DJI Phantom 3 4K, Drone Deploy
  • Conditions: Midday, sunny, moderate wind
  • Outcome: The stockpile volumes reported from drone imagery were within 2% of stockpile readings given by surveyors. See results below;









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

Sanur Groin

Mission Summary

  • Goal: Check out the effectiveness of the DJI Spark for mapping and structure scan, whilst on holiday overseas.
  • Tech: DJI Phantom Spark, AgiSoft PhotoScan
  • Conditions: Morning, sunny, moderate wind
  • Outcome: The DJI Spark is an excellent mapping tool. It is small, light, innocuous, has great range (this island was a good 300m off shore) and a good sensor. 


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.