The DJI Phantom 4 RTK for Land Surveyors

The DJI Phantom 4 RTK for Land Surveyors

Airborne RTK for land surveyors has been a technology with an enormous amount of promise for quite a few years now, but was being held back by extremely expensive, complicated, and unreliable technology.  However, with the recent announcement of the DJI Phantom 4 RTK, it seems as if this is about to change. Overall, the Phantom 4 RTK is a great piece of technology that will improve both accuracy and efficiency for most surveyors, but it is not a magic bullet.  Good operations are required both in the field and in post-processing the data.

Guest Post: What Do FAA Part 107 Numbers Tell Us About How Drones Are Being Used by Surveyors?

Guest Post: What Do FAA Part 107 Numbers Tell Us About How Drones Are Being Used by Surveyors?

Aerotas regularly provides thought leadership for Commercial UAV News from the perspective of the land survey industry. In this post, Executive Editor for Commercial UAV News, Jeremiah Karpowicz, offers his perspective about how land surveying stacks up in the drone industry.

POB Column: It Matters Who Processes Your Drone Data

POB Column: It Matters Who Processes Your Drone Data

When the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) launched their Certified Mapping Scientist-UAS certification, Aerotas Founder Logan Campbell was among the first people to sit for the test. The intensive experience of studying, preparing, and taking the strenuous exam highlighted how challenging a verifiable understanding of photogrammetry is. However, the real-world experiences that Logan and the Aerotas team have with processing drone data for surveyors reveal the importance of this understanding in the real world.

POB Column: Selecting a UAV Georeferencing Option

POB Column: Selecting a UAV Georeferencing Option

With Aerotas' position as the preeminent provider of drone solutions for land surveyors, we constantly field questions from surveyors about various components of drone technology.  This is the third in a three-part series of articles in Point of Beginning magazine, summarizing our current analysis on key components of drone survey technology. This article focuses on the georeferencing options we most commonly get questions about -- particularly high-accuracy RTK, PPK, or Direct Georeferencing systems.

POB Column: Drone Sensors for Surveyors

POB Column: Drone Sensors for Surveyors

With Aerotas' position as the preeminent provider of drone solutions for land surveyors, we constantly field questions from surveyors about various components of drone technology.  This is the second in a 3-part series of articles in Point of Beginning magazine, summarizing our current analysis on key components of drone survey technology. This article focuses on the sensor options we most commonly get questions about -- particularly LiDAR.

CLSA Webinar: Drone Surveying Best Practices

CLSA Webinar: Drone Surveying Best Practices

Last week, the California Land Surveyors Association invited Aerotas co-founder Daniel Katz to present a webinar to their members on best practices in drone surveying. With the experience from training and equipping several hundred surveyors nationwide to get best-in-class accuracy and ROI from drone technology, and completing thousands of drone photogrammetry and linework drafting projects, the Aerotas team has learned a great deal about what it takes to benefit from drone technology.