Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drone) Surveys
Harris Environmental offers small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) or drone services to support of a variety of remotely sensed geospatial applications. This currently includes support for three data platforms including, LiDAR, Photogrammetry, and High Resolution Imaging (video and still photography) for the collection of georeferenced data that can be used to supplement our other services and can be integrated into various GIS products. These services can be used for a variety of applications including, Orthomosaic Imaging, Digital Terrain Modeling (DTM), 3D Modeling, and Aerial Documentation and Reconnaissance.
Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) or Drones, Remote Sensing, and Aerial Imagery Data Acquisition
UAS assisted LiDAR
- Precise topographic data for use in GIS products
UAS assisted Photogrammetry for the creation of accurate 3D Models of landscapes and built environments:
- Surface Features in Open Landscapes
- Historic Structures
- Archaeological Landscapes
Historic Routes or Trails
UAS-Based Documentary Services (video and still photography) in support of:
- Archaeological Site Mapping
- Historic Building Documentation
Rooftop or Birds-eye-view Photography
- Wildlife and Natural Resources Management
Use of this technology offers a fast, efficient, and cost effective alternative to traditional landscape scale aerial imaging and mapping techniques from manned aircraft.
Benefits of professional UAS Services:
- Affordability - Drones are considerably less expensive to fly than manned aircraft.
- Efficiency - Low altitude aerial data collected with a UAS can be scaled to specific project needs not typically offered by manned aircraft or satellite imagery. This reduces redundant or unnecessary data.
- Speed - Because data sets from UAS platforms are typically smaller than those generated by manned aircraft, turnaround times for products and services are often shorter.
- Safety - Can be used in remote locations, challenging environments, or dangerous terrain, where risk to pilots of manned aircraft prohibit successful data collection