By deploying a drone over a specific site we are able to survey various subjects. We can provide detailed measurements of a property, road system, quarries, and more. Utilizing the drone we drastically reduce the time of data collection to produce accurate surveys of a site. Our equipment uses geo-referenced aerial images of the site allowing us to compile a detailed image based map.

Once the images and geo-reference data are collected by drone software allows us to build topographic maps from the data. We can compile this data into a Digital Terrain Model which allows for accurate work planning. 

After the maps are compiled we can create break lines, reference points, digital elevation models, and contour lines. Midwest Aero Technologies can also calculate volumes of various stockpiles and objects on site.

We can also utilize drones to survey systems for road planning and paving. Images of existing road systems can be captured by drone and compiled into an orthomosaic. Once the orthomosaic is compiled we can utilize the geo-referenced data to build an image based survey of the site. This can aid in determining what areas need to be paved and determine which areas of the road may need leveling.

Consider the Possibilities

Show The Whole Property

Large properties sometimes present a challenge when it comes to showing the big picture. Ground level photos and written descriptions just don’t do the property justice. Aerial views tell a very different story that enhances the marketing of the property.

  • Shows the property and the extent of the acreage.
  • Shows intersections, traffic features, and surrounding properties.
  • Reveals important details that might be missed at eye level.
  • Shows the entire property including parking, amenities, etc.

Stock Pile Inventory

Instead of spending days walking piles, coordinating with third-party surveyors, or paying thousands of dollars for a manned aerial flyover, you can fly a large site with a drone in minutes and have stockpile measurements the same day. More importantly, you have accuracy you can trust in a system that always gets the job done. You avoid having to write down thousands in losses and the pain of reconciling end of quarter discrepancies.

Document Project Progression

Before and after shots are great for marketing, and progression shots tell an even bigger story. Visiting a site multiple times during a project provides photos and video that make great social media and website updates during the project, and incredible portfolio pieces after the project is complete.

When requested, we combine progression shots with our mapping and inspection services to provide a comprehensive documentation of the project. This can be important information to have at the conclusion of the project or even years later if issues arise.

Landfills & Dumpsite

Midwest Aero Technologies data collecting uses state of the art technology to monitor and measure your landfills and dumpsites. By using our 3D modeling method we are able to bring you GPS locating, distance measuring and area measuring that is safer, better and more cost effective to your business. We help preventing you from putting workers and surveyors in harm’s way from dangerous and difficult to reach areas all while your crews and equipment stay up and running.

Mapping Services

Using drones for mapping can be very useful for a variety of different reasons. The process involves flying over a specified area at a specified altitude to collect numerous photographs and associated data. Post flight processing of the data results in the mapping products that can serve many purposes. The “maps” created by the process are actually large, smart pictures that contain elevation, distance, and location data; and they can be presented in different formats for viewing. The low flight altitude provides an incredible amount of resolution, so even small details can be seen on the “maps”. Distance, volume, and area measurements can easily be taken from the “maps”; and elevation data can be viewed and measured as well. The applications for this technology are far reaching, because it provides current data that is easily accessible and affordable.

Orthomosaic Maps

Ortho maps have numerous applications, and our maps provide flexibility and quality that has traditionally been cost prohibitive. Our orthos show more detail because of our lower flight altitude. Our high quality cameras also contribute to the detail in our maps. The flexibly comes in our ability to shoot and create a new map at any time. This is very useful in tracking and illustrating changes that occur in the mapping area. Our maps can be used to easily calculate area, distance, and volume.

In addition, we provide all the native photos as part of the deliverable. Each photo has embedded EXIF data which gives the specifics on the date the photo was taken, GPS coordinates, altitude, resolution, and more. The combination of pictures and associated data are perfect for documenting a site.

Digital Elevation Models

Digital elevation models give a quick look at elevation data through color coding. This can be useful to get an overview of the relative elevations associated with the site. High spots, low spots, drainage issues, and the general grade can quickly and easily be observed when using these models.

The ability to assess a site using a digital elevation model is especially helpful in tracking and documenting changes during the development of a property. It’s also very beneficial for drainage and erosion inspections, documentation, and tracking. And, it can be a great tool for site planning or pre-sale site information.

3D Models

Although a 3D model is a cool thing to look at, it serves a more useful purpose for many companies. 3D models can be a great visual compliment to traditional contour data, and they give the ability to revisit the site to see things that contours, pictures, and faded memories can’t. Equipment, materials, painted markings, and more are documented and available in a 3D model even when they no longer exist on the site.

Not only can 3D models take the viewer back in time to see what was, they can also allow a viewer to see a current view without ever stepping onto the site. Unlike video or photographs, 3D models are interactive and the viewer can focus on what they want to see, and go where they want to go within the model. It’s a great way to visit a site without traveling to get there. This provides some new and unique opportunities for the construction industry and for commercial real estate.

Our Customers

  • Aggregates (stockpile measurement surveys)
  • Oil & Gas (right-of-way surveys, topographic point cloud surveys, dike surveys)
  • Utilities (right-of-way surveys & topographic point cloud surveys)
  • Environmental Engineering (topographic point cloud surveys)
  • Cultural Resource Management (topographic point cloud surveys)
  • Construction (excavation and cut/fill, roadway, civil engineers, scouting/development, etc.)
  • Farmers and Ranchers (wildlife management, cattle management, vegetation analysis, etc.)
  • Utilities (right of way, etc.)
  • Energy (right of way, as-built, site planning, etc.)
  • Erosion Control (vegetation analysis, encroachment analysis, etc.)

Experts + Experience

Construction Aerials uses state-of-the-art photography equipment mounted to a multi-rotor copters to deliver the highest quality imagery in the safest and most efficient manner possible. We can provide an array of digital offerings to suit any project’s required delivery. We also provide aerial 3D mapping as an alternative to better display developments and projects. We create and analyze 2D / 3D Models using DJI Drones & PIX4D Software.