UAV Survey

Get accurate survey data, fast.

Reduce field time and lower costs

Traditional survey methods like ground surveys or aerial mapping with a manned aircraft can be a time-consuming process. Not to mention the technical requirements and ongoing maintenance costs.

An unmanned aerial vehicle (i.e. a drone) can help reduce the burden and speed up the data capture and delivery process. Plus, did you know, drone surveying is far more accurate than a manned aircraft survey due to the lower flying heights resulting in more accurate data sets?

The maths is simple. Less time spent capturing data means less labour, which means lower costs. Let AAM’s expert and LiDAR powered UAV surveying team show you how.

Why is drone surveying better?

Cost-effective surveying

Keep project budgets on track with cost-saving UAV surveys. Affordable and quick data capture enable you to survey more sites, more frequently.

Highly accurate data

Receive accurate results, often in the sub-decimeter range. UAVs also fly and capture data at much lower heights making it easier to collect high-resolution, precise images.

Quick turnarounds

Collect millions of data points and get your data in hand quicker with UAVs. All data is processed and ready for delivery on the same day.

“AAM has been integral in the creation of our enterprise wide GIS solution. This is a powerful technology enabler that will allow our staff to be connected to data in new ways. AAM’s collaborative approach and thought leadership was a cornerstone to the success of the strategy. We’re thankful for the close and supportive partnership that we have with the AAM team during this project.

GIS & BIM Manager

Aviation

“The model is absolutely exceptional. The quality of light was perfect. The team went above and beyond our expectations with the awning work and detail. We are very impressed and excited to use this for several of our new public spaces planned over the next few years.

Senior Urban Designer

Local government

“Very happy with the accurate, detailed and functional 3D Building Models we sourced from AAM GeoCirrus. Our software was readily compatible with the formats provided by AAM. These models have been instrumental in contextualising and analysing sites in our design process.

National Sector Lead

Architect firm

“Thank you for the extraordinary effort in bringing the rail project across the line on time. Your team and dedication to the project has been recognised across our organisation and we would like to keep strengthening our business relationship with AAM in future projects.

Civil Engineer

Civil engineering & construction company

“A very successful imagery capture – the limited shadow in particular was exactly what we are after (the parameters of which would be ideal for all future captures). The colour temperature and overall quality of the mosaic is also excellent.

Senior GIS Analyst, Spatial Services

Local government

“One definition of integrity is ‘doing what you said you would do, when you said you would do it’. I think AAM’s work fits this definition very well.”

John Gibson

Senior GIS Analyst, Greater Wellington Te Pane Matua Taiao

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Choose the industry-leading UAV survey experts

As Australia’s leading UAV aerial mapping specialists, the experts at AAM are the team you want by your side for all your drone surveying needs.

Aviation is the cornerstone of AAM. We are knowledgeable about Australian aviation and privacy laws and requirements. Plus, we have licensed surveyors on the team ensuring commercial surveys are carried out safely and accurately.

 

We introduced topographic LiDAR technology to our clients back in 1998. Today, we employ a survey-grade LiDAR unit which enables us to create highly accurate and detailed models of the earth’s surface with a height accuracy down to +/- 10cm.

We continue to offer the latest generation sensors to our clients, deployed with professional expertise and experience.

Our drone mapping projects in action

“AAM has been integral in the creation of our enterprise wide GIS solution. This is a powerful technology enabler that will allow our staff to be connected to data in new ways. AAM’s collaborative approach and thought leadership was a cornerstone to the success of the strategy. We’re thankful for the close and supportive partnership that we have with the AAM team during this project.

GIS & BIM Manager

Aviation

“The model is absolutely exceptional. The quality of light was perfect. The team went above and beyond our expectations with the awning work and detail. We are very impressed and excited to use this for several of our new public spaces planned over the next few years.

Senior Urban Designer

Local government

“Very happy with the accurate, detailed and functional 3D Building Models we sourced from AAM GeoCirrus. Our software was readily compatible with the formats provided by AAM. These models have been instrumental in contextualising and analysing sites in our design process.

National Sector Lead

Architect firm

“Thank you for the extraordinary effort in bringing the rail project across the line on time. Your team and dedication to the project has been recognised across our organisation and we would like to keep strengthening our business relationship with AAM in future projects.

Civil Engineer

Civil engineering & construction company

“A very successful imagery capture – the limited shadow in particular was exactly what we are after (the parameters of which would be ideal for all future captures). The colour temperature and overall quality of the mosaic is also excellent.

Senior GIS Analyst, Spatial Services

Local government

“One definition of integrity is ‘doing what you said you would do, when you said you would do it’. I think AAM’s work fits this definition very well.”

John Gibson

Senior GIS Analyst, Greater Wellington Te Pane Matua Taiao

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Reach inaccessible areas with safer drone aerial mapping surveys

Got a site that’s too unsafe to walk on? Maybe the harsh terrain is holding back traditional surveys?

Drones make traditional surveying tasks safer. UAVs can take off and fly from anywhere. This means, previously inaccessible or difficult-to-reach sites like sandpits, quarries or stockpiles are now safe to survey.

Don’t limit your survey efforts anymore. Reach the unreachable and map the unmappable with AAM’s highly reliable and capable UAV units.

Frequently asked questions about UAV surveying

There are many factors that determine when we can fly to capture your LiDAR data which can impact cost, such as:
* Air traffic control restrictions
* Weather conditions
* Tidal flows
* Angle of the sun
* Availability of the right aircraft and the right sensor for the job

Other factors that affect the cost of your airborne LiDAR survey include:
* Size of the survey area
* Distance of the survey area from air base
* Terrain conditions
* Level of accuracy required (which in turn is influenced by how you intend to use your LiDAR data)
* LiDAR processing considerations: larger and/or more complex data requires more time, computing power and/or human intervention to process.

Like any flight, our departure times depend on the weather.

We must also factor in our current pipeline of work and equipment availability. But if you need your data urgently, we have different options to meet your need. Talk to us about your project and we’ll work out a solution.

With our efficient LiDAR processing system, you can get your data quickly . Most projects take a few weeks to a few months depending on how much data there is, and how many servers are needed to process the data. We can put more servers on the job if you need the data urgently. 

With UAV LiDAR, we can get up to 2000 points per square meter of resolution. With fixed-wing LiDAR we can get about 1-50 points per square meter of resolution, with an accuracy of <10cm. But your project might not need all the data we can get. The level of resolution and accuracy needed depends on the problem you need to solve and how you plan to use your LiDAR data.

We can supply these formats:

TIFF, ECW, RAW (full list coming)

We can translate the data to any format so if your required format is not listed here, get in touch. We can probably deliver in the format you need.

When deciding on whether UAV/drone technology is needed for a project, we consider the location, the size of the area being surveyed, and the resolution required. Some projects don’t need the type of clarity achieved through UAV. Some projects benefit with fixed-wing AND drone LiDAR. What we recommend, depends on the problem and the result you need.

Yes! Geocirrus (link to store) is our catalogue of premium geospatial data. In addition to LiDAR data we have aerial imagery, 3D models and mesh.

We supply the data under AAM’s license or to our clients’ IP.

Once our clients have received and accepted our priced proposal for their project, we initiate a formal project handover. A dedicated project manager talks to our client to clarify that both sides understand the aim and scope of the project. We schedule the appropriate aircraft and sensor to start gathering data, whilst sending regular updates to our clients as each major milestone is reached. Once all the data is captured we send it to our processing team. We process and translate the data into our client’s preferred format, then deliver it via a cloud-based platform or hard disk drive.

Save time, save money and get the data you need, quick.

Get in touch with us for a drone aerial mapping quote.