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New Drone Construction Survey Solution Introduced

Published: 06 Jun 2021 by

Drone construction site survey

Propeller Aero and Wingtra have partnered to develop a new site data collection and 3D mapping solution designed specifically for the construction and earthworks industry. The new solution pairs the Propeller drone data visualization and analytics platform with the WingtraOne vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) drone, allowing construction professionals to quickly and esily collect survey-grade data across their entire worksite.

Surveyors place Propeller AeroPoints (smart ground control points) on the worksite, then fly the WingtraOne drone to collect the required survey data. Survey images are uploaded to Propeller’s cloud-based platform where the fully automated geotagging and photogrammetry processing is completed within 24 hours of submission on the platform.

The integrated solution reduces risk and improves efficiency by serving as a reliable, single source for survey data and progress. Unlike traditional survey methods, which require manual, error-prone data collection, surveyors can easily fly their site on a regular basis to collect and process survey data.

Personnel across the entire worksite can view geographically accurate, realistic 3D site models and track, inspect, and report on job progress and productivity. This increased accuracy and reliability has been shown to reduce conflict, more quickly resolve disputes, and drive more pre-construction bid precision.

Jack Nachazel, Customer Success Engineer at Propeller Aero, commented: “Many Propeller customers are flying massive mines, road and railway projects, and other large sites, and are seeing the value of VTOL drones for their operations. Our partnership with Wingtra meets a significant demand in the industry for more efficient and highly accurate survey data that supports not only time and cost savings, but also reliable data you can trust.”

Julian Surber, Product Manager at Wingtra, said: “Improving accuracy, reliability, and efficiency for survey data is imperative for our customers. Partnering with Propeller to provide a complete solution with the WingtraOne drone, AeroPoints, and Propeller’s PPK data processing and visualization is the right step toward better serving our customers.”

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