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Drone Topography Software

Drone topography software — the new must-have surveying tool

Introducing the new era of topographic surveying

Drone topography software is fast becoming a must-have in any surveyor or site manager’s toolkit. It allows you to create accurate 3D site maps, including contours and terrain, at a fraction of the time and cost of traditional survey methods.

With a drone, you can conduct topographic surveys with the same high level of accuracy you’ve come to expect from traditional methods—in just a fraction of the time. Early adopters have seen dramatic gains in efficiency, labor savings, and safety as they’ve incorporated drones into their surveying workflows.

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The benefits of drone topographic survey software
Reduce survey cost and increase efficiency
Completing a topographic survey with a drone is up to five times faster than traditional survey methods and requires only one drone pilot. With Propeller PPK and Aeropoints, there’s no need to create GCPs—the whole process is as automated as it gets. Complete a survey in less than an hour, and get processed data back the next day.
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Ensure accurate data
A single drone flight gives you thousands of measurements, resulting in a highly accurate 3D map of your worksite. Use that map to extrapolate distances, stockpile volumes, cut/fill measurements, differences against design, and more.
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Safely map uncharted territory
With a base and rover, you’re limited by the topography of your worksite. Steep slopes, harsh terrain, and other unreachable areas couldn’t be measured with accuracy—until now. Drones can fly almost anywhere, even over a crowded worksite, with no risk to anyone’s safety.
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How it works

Richer datasets = better insights

Traditional topographic survey data is basically a set of linework. Drone survey data looks very different. It includes an orthophoto, contour map, digital terrain model, and dense point cloud. The result is a highly accurate (and highly visual) dataset that’s ripe for analysis and insight—meaning that you can spend less time processing data, and more time making big-picture decisions.

A shared viewpoint

Your entire team references the same (up-to-date) pool of georeferenced data, so no one has to make a one-off or subjective measurement that applies only to the task they’re working on at the moment. View your site as a cohesive whole as it changes day-to-day, and share the data with everyone who needs it.

Simple tools with instant results

Because measuring and processing datasets is so easy, stockpile volumes can be measured accurately in less than a minute. Make that seconds for haul road grades. Using a surface-to-surface comparison, site terrain can be viewed against design to easily see where material should be added or removed. Propeller’s drone topographic survey software doesn’t take hours to learn, either. Just point and click.