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Coastal Engineering Company of Orleans Cape Cod
October 04, 2018

Drone Survey Demonstration

As the use of unmanned aerial systems is rapidly expanding, Coastal Engineering employees learned about this technology's potential for completing surveys via a live demonstration.

Drone Survey Demonstration Cover

A controller connected to a tablet was used to demonstrate how a drone camera takes images. These images can then be switched to desktop and stitched together; the result is a high definition aerial. After a spot-check verification, the image can further be used to extract information necessary to produce a topographical site plan which serves as a basis for civil engineering design. While in some cases this process is faster and more cost-effective, by nature it has certain limitations. It works great for open sites such as beaches, but wouldn't work as well in tree-covered areas, so ground survey would still be necessary. Another limitation is weather conditions.