Guides and eBooks

Our guides and ebooks are designed to walk you through the ins and outs of drone surveying, whether you’re just getting started or are looking to get more out of the drone data you collect on site.

Featured Content: 2020 Earthwork Report

Survey results, market insights, and forecasting.

Want to learn how your colleagues prefer to work and learn on site? We recently surveyed 200+ earthwork professionals on their motivations, learning habits, and day-to-day responsibilities. Today, we’re sharing a report on our findings.

In this report, we review:

  • Market Demographics: An inside look at role and industry distribution 
  • Performance Tracking: What metrics are used to track productivity?  
  • Drone Program Insights: Where are we on the adoption curve?  
  • Propeller ROI: How does drone data reduce expenditure?  and more…

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Construction Industry 2020 Trends and Forecasts

It’s not a new year without a new Construction Industry Trends Report.

We’re covering three key themes this year: the growing skilled labor shortage, how drone surveying has matured, and the persistent theme of under-digitalization.

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coordinate systems guide

Your free, easy-to-understand primer for all things CRSs.

Even for veteran surveyors, the topic of coordinate reference systems can be confounding. Concepts like “vertical datums” and “orthometric heights” can seem difficult to crack without a master’s degree in geodesy.

Which is why we’ve put together The Definitive Guide to Coordinate Reference Systems! In this handy eBook, we’ll lay out in layman’s terms some of the basic concepts concerning the world of coordinate systems.

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The Ultimate Guide To PPK Drone Surveying

Ready to unlock the power of PPK?

It’s been a year since DJI released its Phantom 4 RTK drone to great fanfare. This drone is what laid the foundation for PPK drone surveying, a reliable, accurate solution used to collect survey data on all types of worksites.

In this guide you’ll learn about:
  • How It Works: PPK vs. traditional drone surveying
  • The place of ground control in traditional drone surveying
  • How onboard RTK technology works
  • How PPK differs from RTK and more…

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With more data captured than ever, how is it used?

Explore the ways up-to-date data is used across different roles in a construction company, from surveyor to home office.

Download our latest ebook and learn how construction companies are leveraging new tools, like drone surveying and the Propeller Platform, to better track, measure, and manage their worksites.

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Improve Construction Site Reporting With Drone Surveying

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Download the guide to learn about:
  • How drone surveying works on a construction site
  • How you can use drone data to create daily, weekly or monthly site reports
  • Examples of site reports you can create and how to use them
  • How to make collaboration and sharing reports with teams and stakeholders easier
  • How you can use data to see what problems have arisen on site, featuring a real-life case study

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cut and fill earthworks guides and resources

Cut and Fill Calculations in Drone Surveying

Learn how drone surveying can help revolutionize your cut and fill calculations—from getting data faster and more frequently to surveying at lower costs.

Download the guide to learn about:

  • The ways drone surveying changes the game
  • How these quantities are calculated
  • Ways different industries use drones to do their cut/fill drone surveying


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how accurate is ppk drone whitepaper

Propeller PPK with DJI’s Phantom 4 RTK: How accurate is it?

Propeller and DJI—and validated by experts at Trimble—claim centimeter-grade accuracies are now possible with just one ground control point. This is the first totally integrated PPK solution on the market.

Download a full copy of the whitepaper to learn more about our testing methods and how our results support this level of drone mapping accuracy.


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Drone Surveying: Getting Started on Site 

Our starter guides cover the basics, from what type of hardware and software you need to how drone surveying actually works to outlining the benefits you stand to gain.

Want to launch a drone program, but don’t know where to start? This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know about kickstarting a drone program on your site

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The complete guide to drone surveying technology that covers off your most pressing questions like, “what’s the difference between PPK and RTK?”, and “why do you need GCPs?”

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Beginner’s Guides to Drones

Our customer training and onboarding experts have teamed up to create this series of beginners’ guides covering the basics like what hardware and software you need and how drone surveying can benefit your business.

drones for construction

Learn how to improve the quality of your earthwork, minimize operational risks, and streamline costs in Drones for Construction: The Beginner’s Guide.

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drones for mining

Learn how to improve your stockpile management, minimize operational risks, and streamline costs in Drones for Mining: The Beginner’s Guide.

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drones for waste management

Learn how to improve your cell management, accurately calculate remaining airspace, and stay compliant with environmental regulations in Drones for Waste Management: The Beginner’s Guide.

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drones for quarries

Download Drones for Aggregates: The Beginner’s Guide to learn how accurate, affordable drone surveys are helping quarries track material movement more efficiently.

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Safety and Drones eBook

Explore the safety benefits of using drones on your worksite

Safety is one of the most important issues to consider when starting your drone program. Whether you want to reduce surveying time and cost or improve your site’s progress and productivity tracking, worker safety is still the number-one priority.

Our operations and hardware experts teamed up to write this ebook to help you stay safe while using drones and learn about key topics, including:

  • Are drones really safe to use on a worksite?
  • Safety benefits of drone surveys
  • Best practices of safe drone operation
  • Workflows and safety checks improved using drones


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Drone Data Analytics eBooks

Uncover how drone data can help your team monitor how much work’s been done, how fast it’s progressing, whether you’re working to spec, and if you’re going to make money.

Find out how you can use drone data to monitor contractors, settle disputes, and track progress against design.

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Learn how to use drone data to track your landfill’s productivity, calculate remaining airspace, and report to your local EPA more easily.

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Learn how drone data helps you track your mine’s status, manage your ROM volumes, and ensure safety on your mine.

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Discover how drone data helps you manage stockpile volumes, track progress against pit design, and keep haul road grades consistent on your quarry.

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The New Survey-Grade Work Tool: Propeller PPK and AeroPoints

DJI and Propeller have teamed up to create a drone surveying solution that’s accessible to everyone and highly accurate—Propeller PPK.

In this ebook, we cover what PPK is, how it works, and how a Propeller PPK solution can improve:

  • Surveying on a site without any drone technology
  • Measurement and management on a site using a drone and traditional ground control
  • Drone surveying workflows on sites using AeroPoints™


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FAA Part 107 Study Guide

Looking to start a drone program on your site and preparing for your Part 107 test?

Propeller’s drone operations experts have put this study guide together to give you all the info you need to pass and get licensed. 

  • The important numbers you need to know
  • METAR reports and weather abbreviations
  • Acronyms, terms, and keywords
  • Controlled and special-use airspace
  • What you need to do when you’ve passed the test


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