Drone Surveying

Learn how drone surveys are used for 3D flood simulations.

Our drone data is used by engineers, designers, developers, planners, emergency responders, insurance companies, production managers and distribution managers in government and industry to aid with design, planning and monitoring:

  • Roads and bridges
  • FEMA damage assessments/search & rescue
  • Pipelines
  • Transmission lines and infrastructure
  • Buildings and topography
  • Floodplains and water courses
  • Firefighting situational awareness/thermal imaging
  • Manmade and natural land features

Reliable, fast and safe

Our world-class experience integrating precision surveying with the latest UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) technologies can start making your project more accurate, safer and more affordable from day one. UAV technology vastly reduces the time spent collecting millions of accurate data points in one brief flight, reducing project time from weeks to days.

By speeding up and simplifying the data collection process, the time that used to be spent on data acquisition can be better spent on analyzing more comprehensive data and on strategic planning.

Drone surveying reduces risks to staff by reducing time spent on the ground and by acquiring data from safe distances away from danger.

Rely on our decades of experience

Standing behind our UAV technology is our decades of precision surveying experience. Our experts are FAA-licensed pilots who fly our FAA-registered aircraft. Our pilots also have four different FEMA damage assessment certifications, thermography certification and more. Survey grade ground control and fixed wing and quadcopter drones acquire latitude, longitude and elevation (x, y and z) data accurate to within +/- 3 – 6 cm (1.2 - 2 in).

Deliverables in any format

Our experts can deliver data in any CAD, non-CAD, 2D and/or 3D format you require:

  • Point clouds
  • 2D CAD topographic maps
  • FLIR radiometric (thermal) images, videos and maps
  • 3D CAD models
  • True color georeferenced orthomosiac images
  • 3D PDFs
  • Flythroughs and videos in many formats

CMG Drainage Engineering, Inc.
Tucson, Arizona

“When delineating flood risk or floodplain limits for design purposes we are using multi-dimensional analysis in our hydraulic modeling software packages. Our inputs to our models require a true depiction of the terrain to give accurate results and that starts with a good foundation. True color digital orthomosiac images and photogrammetry data delivered from the UAV flights by Darling Geomatics have proven to be a comparable depiction of the terrain that previously was only available with an airplane flight, only more timely. We have found that the UAV generated aerial photographs and digital topographic data is more cost effective for our clients as well.”


Darling Geomatics is proud to be a member of the following:

logo - Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International

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