Drones vs Traditional Surveying: How They Can Help Traditional Surveying

Back in the day there were many obstacles when it came to surveying in a traditional way.
First, it was time-consuming to plan, to have to had previous knowledge about the area to
know where to place the equipment. Depending on the type of survey, there may have been
a need for equipment such as cranes, scaffolding, elevated work platforms, machines to
move the equipment, and large vehicles to transport them to the site.
Second, these surveys often required a lot of manpower, and they were often specialized to
only use one or two types of equipment. There were also safety and legal implications,
especially when there are so many people involved in environments which were not always
highly controlled.
For some areas of interest, the equipment would not have even been able to arrive there, as
it lacked the infrastructure to reach there with large commercial vehicles.
At the end of the day, smaller businesses probably did not have the resources to conduct
comprehensive surveys, even though doing so would have been necessary or highly
beneficial to them.
UAV Benefits
It was not that recent in history that UAV’s (unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones) were built
and used for surveying and mapping. Back in 1915, the British military used aerial
photography to plan their battle tactics in the Battle of Neuve Chapelle. They captured over
1500 sky view maps of the German trench fortifications in the region.
What’s remarkable about that was that they were quickly able to get a bird’s eye view of an
area that they could not physically go to. Should the aerial survey have failed or if the UAV
was damaged in combat, nobody would have been hurt. Finally, they were able to take what
they gathered for their advantage.
UAV’s for Asset Inspection
ADAcq understands that asset inspection is essential to running businesses especially
when the documentation and communication of one’s assets is becoming more important.
Regular inspection allows for a more proactive approach to maintaining equipment and
ultimately, saving money on repairs and replacements on the long-term.
In addition to saving time on planning and cost on labour and transportation to equipment,
there are more reasons to use one of ADAcq’s drones for asset inspection. Because of the
drone’s relatively compact size, it can get into harder to reach areas compared to for
example, a helicopter which is normally used for power line inspections. Some cameras
attached to the drones can take high resolution stills or video and automatically detect flaws
on your asset. These high resolution images create a record that can be used to monitor the
lifespan of the asset and be used to better schedule maintenance and repair times. The
records can also be used to compare damage and wear from weather events and be used to
make better decisions when building new assets. Monitoring damage over time can also
help with contractual arrangements, such as claiming damage for insurance or informing
your clients of your progress. Thermal and hyperspectral imaging can be used to find
damage invisible to the naked eye, allowing engineers time to schedule repairs.
Finally, ADAcq’s drones can be launched on short notice, which is when an inspection is
likely to be the most important. It used to take weeks to plan and conduct a survey, and now
it’s only a matter of hours, thanks to improvements in UAV technology. ADAcq can work
closely with you to build a solution to suit your surveying and asset inspection needs.
In our next blog post, we will dive deeper into how UAV’s can maximize your crop yield

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