How Propeller PPK Streamlines AeroPoint-based Drone Surveying

If you use drones to survey your site with AeroPoints™ as ground control, you’ve probably heard talk about new PPK and RTK drone technology.

We explained how this tech works in a prior blog, but everyone is coming to this GPS correctional technology from different levels. So, we thought it’d be helpful to explain how PPK workflows can change existing drone operations.

This is the last post in a three-part series. Here, we’ll explain how a PPK workflow can improve drone surveying operations if you’re using AeroPoints as ground control.

You can also read about how PPK changes operations when you’re using traditional GCPs or if you haven’t surveyed with drones at all.

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PPK workflows are the gold standard in drone surveying

If you’re an old pro when it comes to drone surveying, a PPK workflow is probably what you always wished traditional drone surveying was like. And if you’re using AeroPoints in your current operations, you know that they can serve as an easy way to set up ground control on your site.

PPK workflows have numerous benefits, both in-field and in the data. When it comes to the final result, your survey itself, PPK takes warping out of your 3D surveys, which can happen when ground control isn’t properly distributed or isn’t in place at all and severely affect survey accuracy.

But a PPK workflow can also drastically cut down on your drone surveying setup time. All that’s required for proper data capture and processing on the ground is a single AeroPoint.

These robust, moveable points also functional as passive bases in a PPK workflow, eliminating the need to buy an expensive base station to get your data. Using more than one AeroPoint serves as data validation.

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How PPK technology changes the need for ground control

PPK eliminates the need for planning, placing, and picking up GCPs. No more time spent mapping out your route beforehand. No more navigating an active or dangerous site to place them out before flying.

You can plan out your drone’s flight path on an app as usual, and set up your craft in a safe takeoff location. Then simply set up a single AeroPoint in an open space nearby, turn it on, and fly your mission. Should you be working in a local grid, just make sure that AeroPoint is placed on a known point.


Get 1/10th of a foot accuracy with Propeller PPK

No matter how long you’ve been surveying with drones, Propeller PPK can improve your surveying workflows because when it comes down to it, all you want is confidence in your end survey.

Whether you’re working on a quarry, mine, construction site, or landfill, Propeller PPK gives you that confidence with data you can trust and a workflow that closes the drone surveying loop and eliminates points of failure associated with suboptimal ground control layout.

Add in the reliability of industry-favorite drone, DJI’s Phantoms and the full integration of Propeller’s hardware and software, and you get an easy-to-use survey-grade workflow without the hassle and complexities of traditional surveying workflows.

Check out Propeller PPK at and download our ebook, The New Survey-Grade Work Tool: Propeller PPK and AeroPoints, to learn more about using PPK on your worksite today.

The New Survey Grade Accuracy Tool: Propeller PPK to AeroPoints




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