Aerial Data Capturing

Photography & Filming


By using a drone (UAV) to monitor the progress of your site, it allows the management team to gather vast amounts of valuable data in a much shorter period of time compared to conventional methods.

By using a drone, the data collecting process also becomes much safer, as there is no need for operatives to be out in the “high risk zone” (on site).

UAV’s also give the management team a “birds eye” view of the entire site, in real time (“real time” depends on frequency of flights), something that has not previously been so easily achievable.

The Process

Practical Drone Solutions will be happy to provide a free trial period for a site, giving management the chance to see how the whole process works (from flight planning, data processing to data analysing). We will also show you how drones, as part of a construction management workflow will benefit your projects.

Please contact Practical Drone Solutions for further information on how we can help you monitor the progress of your sites more safely and efficiently.

There’s an enormous amount of potential once construction gets underway – helping to track progress, keep tabs on materials, improving visibility and keeping sites safe.
The data also provides a useful audit trail should problems arise and ensures any that do are dealt with as soon as they become known.

You will inevitably benefit from improvements in surveying and planning. Accurate information can be gathered quickly and put to work on projects right from the start – but the benefits don’t stop there – 

A company using drones immediately has a catalogue of projects to demonstrate capability and potential as part of the sales and tendering process – and photos, videos and models all have the ability to impress.
Companies can also boast regular flows of information across the project life-cycle making regular client updates a reality.
Such updates can really help keep a client engaged and the whole team focused on making better decisions in a timely fashion.

Marketing collateral can make use of finished models, photos and videos but such data also has a more practical role for facilities management providing insight into as-built conditions.

File types available

(RGB Image)

Available for all 2D layers: 2D Map, Elevation.

Includes a .KML file and a .TWF file with the georeferenced metadata.

Easy to share through any standard image software such as Windows Photo Viewer or Preview.
Print or use within presentations.

(RGB Image)

Available for all 2D layers: 2D Map, Elevation.

Includes a .TWF file with the georeferenced metadata.

Includes a .KML file is when using the Web Mercator Projection.

File format suited for 2D analysis in GIS software such as ArcGIS or QGIS.

(Contour Files)

Available for Elevation exports.

Georeferenced lines of equal elevation according to the chosen interval.

For use in AutoDesk suite and Mining/Construction software.

(3D Model)

Digital Model. .obj surface with .jpg texture files model.

Not georeferenced: defined in a model-local coordinate system.

(Point Cloud)

LAS point cloud.

Can be used in AutoCad, ArcGIS, Global Mapper, Applied Imagery, or similar software.

(Point Cloud)

.xyz point cloud that contains RGB information (XYZRGB). Resolution is specifiable.

Most common file format accepted across Construction/Mining software formats.