Aerial Surveying and Measurement

New possibilities with 3D aerial scans

Aerial Surveying and Measurement

Drones can help with construction planning, raw materials extraction, and even archeology.

Measure from the Sky With a Drone

The new AIR6 flying robot delivers 3D models and volumetric data from aerial photos

Previously, measurements had to be taken on the ground with a laser scanner, but now they can be taken from the sky with camera-mounted drones. This way, measurements are often faster and more precise than those taken on the ground.

A drone can easily fly over a large area and measure it perfectly. The resulting 3D models can hardly be distinguished from reality - experts talk about “textured 3D polygonal models.”

Film 3D-Scan

Automated drone flight over a mine

Automated drone flight over a quarry

This video shows an AIR6 drone taking an automated flight over a quarry. Our photogrammetry software subsequently generates a 3D spatial model out of individual photographs. In order to evaluate the movement of material (excavation and filling), the AIR6 flies over the quarry again, and our software measures the volume difference from the variation between the two scanned surfaces. The video shows an AIR6 flying at a height of 100 feet with a Sony A6000 camera.

Topological Images

Natural resource deposits: Calculating moved material and more

Topological images, for example of natural resources (see demo video), can be used to calculate moved material. The AIR6 flying robot, together with an optical camera and aerial surveying software for the office PC, can produce geo-referenced, high-resolution aerial photographs.

Due to the high degree of detail in the recordings (using 12-80 megapixel cameras), these aerial photographs can be converted into textured 3D polygonal models. The volume of mass moved can now be calculated by comparing the two models with our Windows software.

Geologische Aufnahmen

Topological recording: measuring mines.

Abtragung oder Aufschüttung

Easy to use: Just mark the area you want to measure with your mouse.

Excavation or Filling

The calculation process is completely automated

3D Models deliver information about the volume of moved masses

Using software developed by AIRBORNE ROBOTICS, the volume of excavation or filling can be calculated in the fastest possible time, using two recordings taken at different times by the drone. In our example, we flew over the quarry on a Monday, and again on the following Friday, and then compared the two scans.

Calculating Masses for Roadways

Calculating and checking masses for moving

An important step in planning a road location line or a rail trail is the calculation of excavation or filling relative to the route. For this calculation, the geo-data of the area is needed. Manually measuring the planned stretches, with all their many changes in surface elevation, can be tedious and last for days. With our AIR6 drones, this surface data can be determined in minutes rather than days. When the scanned surfaces (the actual data from the AIR6) are put together with the planned new route (a CAD plan of the new roadway), the volumetric data of masses to be moved can be calculated in minutes. Time, transportation, and machinery requirements can all be conveniently determined back at the office.

Calculating Masses for Roadways

Roadway planning simplified: With the AIR6, masses for moving can be easily determined and checked.


Valley of the Kings: A virtual, 3D model in less than an hour with the AIR6 (flight time plus laptop software calculations)


Fast, precise measurement and 3D modeling

Archeological excavations demand precise measurement and documentation: Imagine how much faster they’ll go with an AIR6 in the sky. The aerial photos it generates can be digitally marked with site locations, and archeological discoveries can be assigned to the terrain. It can save 3D models of the site locations as interactive, rotatable online graphics (e.g. for Adobe Acrobat 3D). Now, documentation can be even more fun.

Drone for Aerial Surveying and Measurement

The All-rounder

The AIR6 is specifically designed to carry all kind of equipment: cameras, sensors, research instruments…

More information about AIR6

Max. load: 
1.5 kg | 3.3 lbs
Max. total weight: 
5.5 kg | 12.1 lbs
Max. flight time: 
up to 30 minutes
Max. wind speed: 
50 km/h | 31.1 mph
Max. speed: 
75 km/h | 43.5 mph
Battery swap: 
change in 30 sec.

AIRBORNE Remote Control DC16

JETI DC16 Remote Control

The DC-16 features unbeatable precision, and satisfies the most demanding pilot.

Robust, developed for industrial use, adapted to our applications and pre-programmed, the pilot can concentrate on the flight and his work.

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RC Case

Airborne MFS

Completely pre-installed and ready for immediate use

Our Mission Flight System is delivered completely pre-installed and immediately ready for use. Plan your automated flights over pre-selected areas in just a few minutes, instead of steering your drone by hand.

  • Over 10 different GEO maps
  • Unlimited number of waypoints
  • Manually editable waypoints (altitude, speed, etc.)
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“MFS” Mission Flight System

“MFS” Mission Flight System

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