What are surveying and mapping drones?

aviro z1 and m60 fro surveying and mapping drones

Agricultural drones are one of the most promising technological advancements in recent years. They may increase crop yields by up to 25%. These drones have also reduced water usage by up to 50%. Recently, drones have been functioning for massive spraying and aerial mapping. Hence, small to medium farmers and large agriculture corporations started utilizing drones to manage and control their land. Check our previous post to enhance your knowledge about precision spraying drones and their advantages here. Now, let's continue surveying and mapping drones. 

A mapping drone is an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) used to create details on Earth's surface. Mapping drones are usually equipped with sensors, such as LIDAR, GPS, and cameras. These sensors allow the mapping drone to collect data about the Earth's surface and create a detailed 3D map in a process known as photogrammetry.

Mapping drones usually operate in two modes: autonomous or manual. In autonomous mode, the mapping drone flies on its own without human input. It navigates using pre-programmed flight paths and collects data autonomously. Meanwhile, the operator controls the mapping drone remotely with an onboard camera feed and sensor data such as GPS position and altitude in manual mode.

Surveying and mapping drones technology advances agriculture and smart farming

Surveying and mapping thousand of areas are complicated. Therefore, agricultural mapping drones have become a crucial part of modern farming. They are used to take aerial photographs and map the land for a variety of reasons such as:
  1. Mapping land for agriculture and crop management
  2. Monitoring the health of crops and vegetation
  3. Monitoring soil conditions, water levels, and other environmental factors
  4. Take photos of fields that show the progress of a crop over time
  5. Creating 3D models of areas to help with planning and design
  6. Providing accurate measurements in hard-to-reach places

Avirtech mapping drones 

Besides precision spraying and IoT, Avirtech also delivers surveying and mapping drones. We have managed surveying and mapping drones for over seven years and have mapped more than 2.000.000 hectares of area. We covered sugarcane, coconut, palm oil, and other plantations. With surveying and mapping drones, you can have accurate post-processing and real-time analytic report. For data acquisition, you can cover:
  • Digital Survey Model (DSM)
  • Digital Terrain Model (DTM)
  • Digital Elevation Model (DEM)
  • Contour line
  • Canopy Height Model (CHM)
  • Slope map
  • Gradient Cross Section, etc., reports. 
For analysis supports, you can have information about tree counting, flood analysis, weeds detection, chlorophyll activity, gap analysis, drainage planning, boundaries mapping, etc. There are two types of drones for surveying and mapping; fixed-wing or multi-rotor drones. You can adjust with your business needs and what you need.

Aviro Z1 - Enhanced mapping 

avirtech z1 surveying and mapping drones

Aviro Z1 handles complex mapping requirements with a crucial dual payload and ample area coverage per flight. It can achieve survey-grade centimeter accuracy without the need for Ground Control Points (GPC). 

Aviro Z1 superiority:
1. Dual payload capability 
2. 1.200 ha per flight 
3. Up to 2 hours of flight time 
4. RGB camera 42mp payload, thermal and multispectral sensor

M60 - Custom copter 

M60 Drone is an intelligent payload drone UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) multi-rotor M60 small quad drone with improved flight performance and better loading capacity for professional aerial photography and industrial applications such as mapping and inspection. It designs with DJI technologies for maximum performance and quick setup.
M60 superiority:
1. Long-lasting copter up to 83 minutes per flight 
2. Flexible payloads up to 2 kg, including RGB, multispectral, video streaming, LIDAR, etc
3. Custom gimbal support
4. High mobility (small size)