UAV LiDAR Services
UAV LiDAR services capture deeper insights than traditional surveying and mapping. LiDAR data can be used to create high-precision 3D models that measure density, volume, and elevation, delivering a new level of acuity that helps save money and drive more effective decisions. FlyGuys’ turnkey UAV LiDAR solutions will help you gain deeper insights for greater speed, precision and cost-efficiency.
What are UAV LiDAR services?
Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) is a method for examining the surface of the earth using a laser. The laser’s light reflects off the earth’s surface and measures the range, which is then combined with GPS and inertial measurement unit (IMU) data to create a group of elevation points called a “point cloud.” The point cloud is detail-rich, data-precise, and can be used to create high-precision 3D models.
The evolution of LiDAR and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has led to UAV LiDAR services, providing applications for aerial imaging data that was previously too expensive or too difficult to obtain for many applications. Using automated GPS, a LiDAR capable drone typically makes several passes over an area at low altitudes to collect data. This data is used for volume measurements, asset inspections, land and water management projects and much more.
A LiDAR drone and base station being used for a high-precision 3D modeling mission.
Photo Credit: Russel White, HTS Advanced Solutions
Uses for UAV LiDAR technology
Many industries and projects can leverage UAV LiDAR technology.
Density Measurement. LiDAR-equipped drones can penetrate foliage and plant-life, capturing depth data that’s unattainable with traditional surveying and mapping – useful for industries such as Agriculture, Forestry, and Land Management.
Detailed Detection. UAV LiDAR technology can fly at low altitudes and penetrate vegetation, enabling precise detection of objects. Valuable for Archaeology, Forestry, Land Management, 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.
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.
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.