While land surveyors are increasingly interested in the value of using drones as a tool of the trade, the overhead and manpower resource for aircraft management and regulation compliance makes it more effective to source the data acquisition from a supplier who is completely invested in aerial acquisition of data.

With collection made so simple, the land surveyor focuses energy on using and analysing data, rather than working out how to gather it. A drone can vastly reduce the time spent collecting accurate data. By acquiring raster data from the sky – in the form of geo-referenced digital aerial images, with resolutions as sharp as 1.5 cm (0.6 in) per pixel – you can gather millions of data points in one short flight.

Many surveying customers say large jobs that once took weeks can now be completed in just a few days, and that a week’s worth of traditional data collection is now achieved in just one day.