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Drone Structure Scan - Historical Landmark

Detailed 3D model of WWII observation post in Albany.

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Small Drone Mapping 101

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

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Arthur River Mt Pleasant Kitchen - 3D drone structure scan

3D model of the heritage building Mt Pleasant Kitchen in Arthur River.

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Chestnut Brae - Farm planning map in Nannup

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

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Drone Structure Scan - Heritage Lighthouse

Drone structure scan of the heritage South Mole Lighthouse in Fremantle.

Sewer Pump Station

Drone Structure Scan - Industrial Structure

Drone Structure Scan of an industrial structure using a Mavic Pro and processing with AgiSoft Metashape.

Mission Summary

  • Goal: To scan a complex and difficult industrial structure and upload it to Sketchfab to use the 3D annotations feature
  • Tech: DJI Mavic Pro, MetaShape
  • Conditions: Midday, sunny, nil wind
  • Outcome: I was very happy with the model (even though it is only medium quality) and the Sketchfab interface
Sewer Pump Station also featuring Sketchfab annotations
I've wanted the challenge of scanning this site for a while, it features multiple, detailed structures in close proximity to trees, power lines and boundaries.

The Mavic handled it without a problem, albiet getting attacked by a swarm of bees whilst flying over the transformer compound, I kept getting 'gimbal unstable' warning messages as they attacked it!

Bees having a go at the Mavic, interesting that they knew to go for the camera.
The only downside to this model is that I had to process it in medium quality, I'm using MetaShape on my laptop and it can only handle lower quality settings for larger datasets like this one. 

After processing I uploaded the model to Sketchfab, they have a fantastic 3D annotation interface that allows the viewer to cycle through preset views that display a scene plus title and description.

Check out the 'ínteractive' model below complete with annotations describing each of the features of the site.


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