What is Aerial Mapping?
Aerial mapping is a method of collecting geomatics or other imagery by using aircraft equipped with high end sensors. The data sets that can be collected are wide ranging and include aerial photography, LIDAR, remote sensing (ie. infrared). Through the process of photogrammetry, these captured data sets can be used to generate detailed maps of urban and rural environments.
Who benefits from Aerial Mapping?
Traditionally, aerial mapping was a service and industry that was available for the purpose of large scale surveying. Today, drone based aerial mapping is a growing sector that can be used for roofing inspections, infrared (thermal) inspections, planning and development, as well as event planning (concert venues). Construction sites can take advantage of Timeline Mapping in which scanning is conducted at different stages of the project to generate detailed maps at important milestones.
What can drone Aerial Mapping produce?
Drone captured data sets can generate a wide variety of outputs depending on the application. Typically, 2D maps and 3D point clouds can be created and used by many different industries. These high resolution and accurate maps are an essential tool for constructors, engineers, surveyors and other industry professionals.
From these outputs, engineers can complete accurate volumetric calculations, which are an essential component for industries such as mining, agriculture and forestry, as well as measure accurate distances for a wide range of industrial and civil applications.
Can Aerial Mapping data be integrated to BIM workflows?
Aerial mapping outputs can be integrated with BIM workflows throughout multiple stages. Depending on the scan that was conducted and project requirements, aerial mapping can be used for multiple applications throughout a construction project. Whether drones are used for quality controlling trade and contractor work on site, or for generating accurate scaled maps of a proposed excavation site, aerial mapping can expedite access to time critical information that can save money on any job site.