Fly drone, get linework

 

field-to-finish drone solutions for land surveyors

Get survey-grade linework 90% faster by drone: everything land surveyors need to use drones as data collection tools

 

0.1'

accuracy or better on survey projects
 

90%

savings on topos, ALTA, and more
 

Industry-best quality

from human-in-the-loop data processing

Get final survey linework

drone photogrammetry + CAD drafting service


 Survey grade UAV

1) Start drone surveying

UAV verified to 0.1’ accuracy, training on Standard Operating Procedures for drone surveying, and everything else you need

 Drone surveying standard operating procedures training

2) Get Orthos & 3D models

Photogrammetry service by expert ASPRS Certified technicians for industry-leading quality

 Drone CAD drafting linework and stitching

3) Get CAD linework

CAD drafting service gets you the elevations, breaklines, features, surface & contours you need on each project

 
Aerotas has been great for us. You could learn all of the information on your own, buy the software, and gear to get up and running; we had tried this for a year or so. Aerotas had all of the pieces figured out, trained us in a day and we were up and running and making money the next day.
— Robert Watt, NMPS # 11770, CFEDS, Red Tail Surveying
 Expert survey drone
The entire service Aerotas provides is more than expected. I realize that I have done more than purchased a tool. I have partnered with a team that has enabled my business to do more. A lot more.
— Michael T Reynolds, Oklahoma PLS #1651
 Best land survey topo drone
 

Start drone Surveying Fast

The fastest way to start surveying by drone, with everything you need

Ready to start using a drone to save time and money on every project? We get you everything you need to complete ALTAs, planning and design topographic surveys, corridor surveys and more by drone:

  • Drone & sensor, independently tested to better than 0.1’ accuracy
  • Support equipment: tablet with autopilot software, spare batteries, rugged case, and all the other accessories and equipment needed
  • Hands-on field training by expert trainers on Standard Operating Procedures for drone surveying, at your location
  • Part 107 drone pilot license prep course: self-led 3.5 hour cram course with 95%+ pass rate
  • Drone liability & hull insurance

$9,200 one-time

Already have a drone program but looking to professionalize or expand? We make it fast, easy, and inexpensive to put a drone in every truck and get every surveyor trained and drone licensed.

 

Get orthophotos & 3D models

Expert drone photogrammetry service for your drone projects

Ready to get survey-accuracy orthophotos and 3D surface models on your drone projects, without overwhelming your office staff and buying expensive software? Aerotas provides industry-leading photogrammetry services.

Our stellar reputation comes from having humans in the loop on every project, with QA & QC on every project by ASPRS Certified Mapping Scientists and Technologists. Simply upload photos and ground control coordinates in any coordinate system and our photogrammetrist experts get you a geo-referenced ortho-image and digital surface models in your coordinate system.

per project Quote, no commitment

 

Get CAD linework

High quality and efficient linework drafting services

 

Maximize your time savings by letting our expert in-house technicians do the CAD grunt-work for you.

On any photogrammetry project we do, we can provide complete linework based on your project needs, from the spot elevations, breaklines, and curbs needed for creating contours, to complete inventory needed for land title, as-built, or existing conditions surveys. Aerotas clients report accuracy consistently better than 0.1’.

We get you a CAD file in the format you need, with all features in layers, as well as a CAD-friendly orthophoto. Compatible with any CAD survey software, including Civil3D, Carlson, AutoCAD, Trimble Business Center, and more. 

Per project quote, no commitment

 

Enabling & Protecting Land Surveyors

 

Our mission is to enable surveyors to realize the promises of drone technology. We are committed to protecting professional licensed land surveyors in every state and territory in the United States. Aerotas is not a land surveying company, instead providing services to land surveyors to help them perform their public duty.  We are dedicated to protecting the profession and clients of land surveyors, while complying with all relevant federal, state, and local regulations.

 
 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Do I need to already have a drone in order to work with Aerotas?

No! We can set your drone program up from zero, providing you with the drone that our testing has proven provides the best accuracy, reliability, and ease of use for the lowest cost. We’ll even set it up, register it with the FAA, and then train you on our Standard Operating Procedures for doing high-accuracy surveying using the drone.

 

Is the linework and data you provide compatible with my field equipment and CAD software?

Yes. You have several options of what format we provide the data to you in, so that no matter what, it will work with what you have. In the field, the drone itself does not need to connect to your survey equipment (RTK base station, VRS network, etc.) -- we instead use ground control to correct the ortho and 3D model. We can provide the CAD linework data in DXF, DWG, CSV, TXT, or ASCII file formats.

 

What survey finish CAD software is your linework compatible with?

We have yet to come across a survey finish software our linework is not compatible with. We have clients successfully using our linework with Carlson, Civil3D, AutoCAD (from every year), Trimble Business Center, AgTek, and more.

 

What drone is included in the drone program setup for $9,200?

We have no formal affiliation that forces us to sell drones from any particular drone manufacturer. This allows us to continually test and vet everything that’s available, in order to determine which is the best option for our customers. When evaluating a drone, we focus on accuracy, reliability, and price, to ensure that the drone we provide our customers delivers the highest possible ROI (return on investment). The drone that we have found is currently best is the DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0, when set up correctly and used with correct Standard Operating Procedures.

 

What if I already have a drone? Can I still use your photogrammetry or linework service?

Yes. Our drone-focused photo-stitching and line-work services are not proprietary to the drone we provide. In order to make sure we can work with your drone’s data, we will want to do a free data audit. When you contact us, our Account Executives will walk you through this process.

 

If I get a drone and training from Aerotas, do I have to use your data processing service?

No. While we think you will be happy with our drone photogrammetry and CAD linework service, you are under no obligation. We can set up your drone program, and then you’re welcome to use another provider to do the data processing, or do it yourself.

 

How do I know if my drone or Standard Operating Procedures are good enough?

There is a lot that goes into using a drone right -- to get the highest accuracy data possible, while still being efficient and as safe as possible. Contact us and our Account Executives will be happy to consult with you to understand what your current drone surveying SOPs consist of. We are also happy to do a free audit of one of your projects, which will allow us to make recommendations for how to improve your SOPs.

 

Who actually does the photogrammetry and linework? Do you outsource it overseas?

All of our data processing is done in our office in Costa Mesa, California. We have a team of highly-trained technicians with backgrounds in engineering and land surveying managing the photogrammetry and CAD linework processing. The team is overseen by hands-on managers with ASPRS Certifications at the levels of Mapping Scientist and Technologist. The team uses a thorough process of peer-review to ensure QA and QC are of the highest quality.

 

How do I know the accuracy of the drone or your data processing service is good enough?

Our recommendation is always to ground-truth. On every project, take at least some check-shots on the site using your conventional survey equipment, and use that to check our photogrammetry or linework against. If you want to be more thorough and scientific, the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing provides an easy to follow set of Positional Accuracy Standards for calculating the statistical accuracy across an entire project site. Contact us and one of our Account Executives will be happy to walk you through the process.

 

What exactly do I get back when I use your linework service?

Our deliverable to you is complete project linework as a widely CAD-compatible DXF file (other file types available upon request) and CAD-compatible orthophoto. Feature layers available include: topographic elevation points, breaklines, roads & railways, building drip lines, concrete & pavement edges, water features & water edges, fences & walls, paint striping, utility access panels, utility poles, and curb lines (2, 3, or 4 lines). This DXF file is compatible with Carlson, Civil3D, AutoCAD, Trimble Business Center, and most other CADD softwares. We can also provide the full-resolution 3D mesh model for extracting any custom data that you might need.

 

How do I get a quote for photogrammetry and linework on one of my projects?

All you need to do is contact us and one of our Account Executives will collect the information we need to provide you a quote within a matter of minutes.

 

What is your turnaround time for photogrammetry and linework?

When you upload a project to us, we will let you know a firm delivery date. Often, photogrammetry is done within a couple of days (including all hands-on QA and QC), and linework is done within a week.