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and having photos on-tap, with the capability to measure them accurately, can avoid
unnecessary field trips."
Stockpile volumetric measurements -
including determining how many yards of
aggregate are on a pile or how many yards
of fill are needed to bring an area to desired
grade - can also be performed.
"We use specialized software and
methods, including high-accuracy ground
control points, in conjunction with specialized software, to develop accurate measurements," Asset Drone adds.
or a 100-acre campus with dozens of buildings, no job is too small or too big.
"Most customers are very impressed with
the detail available from these 3-D models,"
The firm can also add in LIDAR and
other advanced tools as needed to get even
higher-resolution outputs. The company
says these 3-D models are surprisingly
affordable, and the web-enabled 3-D viewers make a perfect addition to a company
website or owner presentation. Several of
the company's models are on its website.
Keeping Owners Happy
Using advanced software and techniques,
Asset Drone can deliver futuristic 3-D models using thousands of photos taken from
their drones, with turnaround times in just
a couple of days. Whether it's one building
Fast-turnaround topographic mapping is
one of the company's specialties. "We can
produce topographic maps that can be
imported into standard industry software,
such as AutoCAD, Bentley or other similar,"
Asset Drone can reduce worker
risk by sending drones to inspect
work at elevated heights.
Worley says. "These maps have the same
proven accuracy as traditional land surveying methods, but we can turn them around
in a fraction of the time and cost [versus
Developers and real-estate investors are
also using Asset Drone's topographic mapping service for two primary purposes;
first, to quickly compare several potential
properties relative to their topographic features; second, as a double-check
against traditional or old/existing
A recent example involves a customer in
central Texas that bought a nine-acre property for commercial development based
on a flawed topographic survey. The initial
survey, done via traditional means, did not
accurately identify some large drop-offs
on the property. A subsequent survey (by
another firm) confirmed the worst case: the
land is not economically feasible to develop.
Asset Drone's fast-turnaround topographic map confirmed the error of the initial
flawed survey, in a fraction of the time and
cost of the second traditional-method survey. The customer now has to seek a remedy
through a time-consuming legal process.
"If this customer had used Asset Drone
as a 'double-check' prior to purchasing the
land, the error would have been caught, at a
fraction of the cost and time of the (flawed)
full traditional survey," the company says.
Another recent Asset Drone project
demonstrates its commitment to client
safety. During a turnover inspection of a
multi-story building in Austin, Texas, one
of the company's drones captured images of
several eight-inch pieces of steel strap lying
on a window ledge. The steel was not visible
from the ground or from the inside, the
In addition to finding hidden dangers,
Asset Drone can help clients avoid risky
situations. "Our services can eliminate or
minimize risk and increase safety," Worley
says. "If a company needs to put someone on a rope, scaffold or a ladder just to
perform an inspection, we can shift the
risk from a person being injured to a drone
crashing, which has not happened."
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