Capabilities / Earthwork progress + elevation

Track earthwork progress + site elevation

Monitor the progress of your worksite by comparing survey data to your designs, tracking the elevation history, and seeing a full visual timeline of your progress.
earthwork progress tracking
Share status updates

Compare your survey data to previous surveys and see progress at a glance. Share these updates with your team and stakeholders.

Prevent and resolve disputes

Share data upfront and stay transparent during your projects to increase trust and create documentation of your hard work.

Only move dirt once

Quantify the work completed and what’s still left with 1/10ft ( 3cm) accuracy to keep your progress on record—and prevent hours of potential rework.

See how the site is progressing

Track earthwork progress to see how much work your team has completed and how much work remains. With accurate stockpile measurements and frequent elevation checks, you can measure progress and adjust your site strategy. Plus, flying your drone more frequently will give you this updated data regularly—allowing you to confidently determine staffing, machine allocation, and how much work is left to complete.


Ensure your project is on track

You can compare your survey data to previous flight data, against the uploaded design, or both. This data allows you to determine how much work is left, how much you have completed, the pace your work is getting done, and what resources are still needed (or not) to get the job done on time.


  • Survey volume compare
  • Design volume compare
  • Compare to design
  • Cross-section comparison
  • Magic polygon
  • Timeline slider

Protect your team from work disputes

Prove that your work has been done well and as specified by keeping stakeholders informed every step of the way. You can share data and visual representations of the work completed with ease.


  • Timeline slider
  • Compare to design
  • Elevation history
elevation history

Progressing tracking tools in Propeller

Propeller’s progress tracking tools empower users to stay on track, ensure design conformance, and plan what to tackle next.

Magic polygon

Harness the magic of AI to automatically find the boundaries of your stockpiles to calculate a measurable polygon. Just hover and click for instant volumes.

Basic volume

Measure the volume of material within a selected area. See how much has been moved, how much is left to do, and stay on top of truck loads.

Elevation history

Track the change in height at a specific point across multiple surveys. This will tell you if the material has been moved, added to, or changed.

Cross-section comparison

View a cross-section of one or more designs or survey surfaces along a specified line. This gives you a more detailed view if something doesn’t look quite right on site.

Survey-to-design comparison

Measure differences in volume between a selected survey and an uploaded design surface. You can see how the size of your stockpiles changes over time.

Design volume compare

Calculate the volume between two design surfaces. Compare one design file to another project, like landfill cell revisions, site plan updates, and mine site benchmarks.

Survey volume compare

Calculate the volume from a previous dataset or imported design surface as a base. This allows you to see the volume added or removed.

Timeline slider

See the history of the job site, and get a visual representation of the work completed.

PPK workflow

Use Propeller’s PPK workflow to get regular site updates. Track progress, see elevation changes regularly, and make informed decisions about your job site.

Elevation check

Find the specific elevation of a point on your site. You can check this against the final design or previous survey data.

Kyle Miller Fiore
John Doe
Manager, Technology & Innovation, at Haskell
“Coming from tougher software to work with, Propeller was super simple. It’s as easy as drawing a line or a boundary around something, and it’s going to give you a quantity.”
Kyle Miller, Project Manager at Fiore

Dig into our other workflows.

Earthwork progress tracking is just the beginning. Learn other ways to power up with Propeller.

Volume calculations

See the differences in volume between surveys and your uploaded design surface to track earthwork progress your team has made.

volume measurements

Subcontractor management

Keep contracts and payments on schedule, track site progress, and export data to share with your stakeholders—all within Propeller.

Compare recent surveys to designs

See the differences in volume between surveys and your uploaded design surface to see the progress your team has made.

Manage it all from one map.

Measuring and sharing geospatial data doesn’t have to be hard. Simplify your earthwork progress tracking with Propeller.

All your FAQs, answered.

You can fly your site as often as you want to track earthwork progress or see other updates. Weekly checks are recommended to locate any new hazards, and many of our customers like being able to report their weekly progress. Whenever you want to see an update of the work completed (and figure out how much is left), Propeller can help you get the answers.

Yes, especially if any new issues have come up. You can find any safety issues, weather-related damages, or areas where the work has not been completed (even if your team assumed it had been). Knowing the ins and outs of your site can help you make more informed decisions and complete your projects on budget and on time.

The density, porosity, and stability of soil depends on the type of soil. As your site sees different types of weather, the ground may have soil erosion, washouts, and landslides that change the topography of your site. Flying your site after a significant weather event (and using our surface analysis tool for hydrology) is a good way to find any issues/problem areas.

Absolutely. You can compare your site progress to your planned schedule and make any changes you need to meet your timelines. Measuring site progress also allows you to decide how to allocate your resources and make sure all materials and equipment are being used in the most efficient way. You can find any potential problems much faster and come up with solutions before any delays or bottlenecks occur.