LiDAR Services

When you need high-resolution elevation models created with utmost precision and accuracy, contact FlyGuys. Using LiDAR, we provide comprehensive commercial remote sensing services to clients nationwide. With our geospatial experts and vast network of professional pilots, we are ready to deploy when and where you need us, using drones, helicopters, manned fixed-wing aircraft, and terrestrial collection methods in order to provide you with the resources you need at an affordable cost.

UAV LiDAR - FlyGuys provides turnkey UAV LiDAR services for many industries, and can help deliver high-precision 3D maps

Understanding LiDAR

At its core, LiDAR (light detection and ranging) is a remote sensing method of examining the surface of the earth. By operating drones equipped with special laser scanners, we measure the light’s reflection and range from the earth’s surface across millions of beams, then combine that data with GPS and inertial measurement unit (IMU) data to create a fully corrected point cloud. By looking at the area from a variety of views at low altitudes, the point cloud is a comprehensive, highly detailed group of elevation points which can be used to create 3D models.

UAV LiDAR - FlyGuys nationwide UAV LiDAR services will help you glean powerful insights for robust asset management

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Applications for LiDAR

Because it is not only used to measure distance but also the structure and topography of the surface, numerous industries rely on LiDAR for a variety of applications including:

  • Solar Farm Inspection and Development
  • Land Surveying
  • Forestry Management
  • Topographic Mapping
  • Oil and Gas Inspection
  • Engineering
  • Land Development
  • Building Modeling
  • Railway Inspection
  • Archaeology
UAV LiDAR - FlyGuys turnkey UAV LiDAR services create digital elevation models rendered from a collected point cloud

A digital elevation model rendered from a collected point cloud then uploaded into a GIS system. The model helps in planning for many different project types, including farming, land management, civil engineering and construction.

UAV LiDAR - a point cloud collected in one pass of a FlyGuys LiDAR drone

A point cloud collected in one pass of a LiDAR drone. This image shows all the surroundings/environment above ground before filtering into a ground layer.

Uses for LiDAR include:

  • Density Measurement. LiDAR-equipped drones can reach the ground surface through small openings in the canopy, foliage and plant-life, capturing depth data that’s unattainable with traditional surveying and mapping – useful for industries such as Agriculture, Forestry, Surveying, and Land Management/ Development.
  • Detailed Detection. LiDAR technology can fly at low altitudes and reach ground through heavy vegetation, enabling precise detection of objects. Valuable for Archaeology, Forestry, Land Development, and Energy & Utilities.
  • Volumetrics. LiDAR drone technology can be used to measure the volume contained within an area. Good for mining and aggregates stockpiles, dredging, in landfills and industrial sites, or any location where volume measurement is vital.
  • Elevation Modeling. LiDAR data helps create high-precision 3D models that deliver robust information not possible with traditional surveying, like finding the low points on farmland for irrigation planning. Useful for many industries, including Land Management, Agriculture, Civil Engineering, and Construction.
  • Environmental & Coastal Restoration. LIDAR technology captures critical data that helps protect and restore vulnerable coastlines and by flying an area multiple times ongoing patterns of erosion, coastline shifts, and other changes can be detected over time so management can plan accordingly.
  • Right of Way Encroachment (ROW) & Utility Corridor Planning. With the ability to obtain highly-detailed elevation data, LiDAR helps with terrain mapping when planning utilities or construction projects. It can help in ongoing ROW encroachment monitoring by exposing tree canopies hanging over transmission lines, allowing asset managers to quickly pinpoint and address critical service needs.

Working with FlyGuys

At FlyGuys, we customize your deliverables to provide you with the exact dataset you need while working with your resources. LiDAR systems vary greatly, and with their high density, substantial knowledge sets and resources are needed to process the data. Because not every project requires this level, we can optimize the system we use to get you the information you need without sacrificing precision or accuracy or going beyond your resources.

Our LiDAR Sensors

Our drones can scan between 400 and 700 acres per day, per team, and we can tackle any size project, whether it’s 1 acre or over one million acres. We use two levels of sensors to collect data depending on accuracy requirements and client budget restraints:

Riegl Sensor

Offering relative accuracy of up to 10 millimeters, this lightweight laser scanner can take incredible detailed scans with up to a 200 kHz pulse repetition rate and a scan speed of up to 100,000 scans per second. This option is ideal when you need high precision data and is often used to monitor construction sites, model with extreme precision, perform archeology investigations, and for agriculture and forestry inventories.

Green Valley

When you need an affordable option that still provides a highly accurate point cloud, we offer scans using the Green Valley LiAir V70. This flexible scanner offers relative accuracy of 10 centimeters or less and is often used in topographic modeling, power line management, and forest inventory.

It’s important to note that while some companies may claim to capture data at better than two centimeters of accuracy, that can’t be guaranteed simply due to inherent error in GPS signals.

Our Nationwide Pilot Network

We have a nationwide network of licensed, insured pilots available to provide LiDAR services. Each member of our team has their FAA Part 107 Certification and with different experience levels from which to choose, we can pair you with the right pilot for your project’s requirements.

Our Process

We offer a simple, straightforward process for our LiDAR services:

  1. We meet with you to discuss your project and expectations and create a tailored quote with our proposal;
  2. Coordinate the date and accept 25 percent deposit on the project;
  3. LiDAR collection takes place on the agreed upon date;
  4. The data is processed and refined;
  5. The data undergoes quality assurance by our experienced data team;
  6. The data is sent to you for approval;
  7. The remaining invoice is paid upon approval.

We offer a standard delivery timeline of two weeks following the completion of the flights, though we can expedite your data for an additional fee. Also, the timeline is dependent on the size of the project and any additional deliverables requested.

Discussing Your Project

When we sit down with you to discuss your project, to get the best results, it’s important we have accurate information. This includes understanding the scope of the project, including size, topography, and tree coverage, as well as any air space restrictions. Additionally, we will need to know what datum you would like the data in and exactly what you want us to deliver, and in what file type, choosing from LAS, LAZ, DWG, DXF, and SHP. We also offer the three major types of surface models:

  • Digital Elevation Model
  • Digital Terrain Model
  • Digital Surface Model

FlyGuys maintains partnerships with LiDAR data processing and surveying firms. These partnerships help produce the most accurate data and models for our clients.

Pricing for Your LiDAR Project

Several factors affect the cost of a LiDAR project, including scope, location, point density, and deliverables. However, we offer two packages with a starting price point:
Package 1 offers 10 cm of relative accuracy or better. This option is ideal for quick turn-around land development and building modeling.
Package 2 offers 2.5 mm of relative accuracy or better. This option is more designed for those who need a more detailed deliverable with the highest precision output available on the market today.

Schedule a Free Consultation for LiDAR Services

Contact us now for a free consultation or quote by calling us at 1-888-376-6965 or fill out the form below to get your LiDAR project started.