Orthographic top down view of dense 3d point cloud data and topographical drawing data

How can drone land surveys help with planning permission?

3d point cloud of a drone survey for a planning application site

Secure planning permission with a drone land survey

DRONES ARE HERE

You won’t be disappointed by what they can deliver

How can drone land surveys help with planning?

Orthographic photogrammetry image of a planning application site and surroundings

Orthographic photogrammetry image of a planning application site and surroundings

Orthographic Digital surface model (DSM) image of planning application site and surroundings

Orthographic Digital Surface Model (DSM) of a planning application site and surroundings – coloured by height

Orthographic Digital Terrain Model (DTM) of a planning application site and surroundings with trees, structures and buildings stripped out

3d model of planning application site and surrounding area

3d model of a planning application site and surrounding area – click to view

Measuring comprehensive data critical to understanding the full setting and context of a site for planning applications may help you, local authority planners and local councillors appreciate your application.

Land surveying with drones has many advantages over traditional Land Surveys:

  1. Quicker
    • Time on site is reduced by 70-80% in most cases. Flights can cover large areas measuring many thousands of data points a second.
    • Complex urban environments are flown with a drone in the same time it takes to fly in a simpler rural setting. A traditional land survey in a complex urban setting would need many, many more total station or 3d laser scanner station setups
    • Traditional Land Surveys would use a reflectorless total station to measure roof heights and overlooking features. In a complex environment that can take time, with many setups to see/measure through trees and other obstructions.
    • A drone survey eliminates that total station setup time – often 15 minutes each without measuring a single point of data. Magnify that by 10 station setups and you are talking about 2 1/2 hours of just moving the survey kit around. A similar drone survey would be completed in under an hour
  2. Comprehensive
    • How often do you stand on a site wondering what is on the other side of trees or a tall hedge?
    • Do you stand on a platform to show your client what a potential view from a window would look like?
    • Do you want accurate models of terrain and features hidden by undergrowth and trees?
    • Drone Land Surveys give you an unrivalled perspective that just can’t be achieved by ground-based land survey methods.
    • A traditional land survey is a line-of-sight survey from the ground while a drone survey is a line-of-sight survey from the air.
    • We offer a complete integrated ground and aerial mapping survey service so that your project is covered from every angle.

Data that speaks for itself – drone data adds vital context

Photogrammetry orthographic image

Photogrammetry orthographic image

Lidar Surface model (DSM) coloured by height

Lidar Digital Surface model (DSM) coloured by height

Lidar ground surface (DTM) with trees & buildings stripped out

Lidar ground surface of Digital Terrain Model (DTM) with trees & buildings stripped out

Section through the 3d model planning application site

Section through the 3d model planning application site

Street Scene from drone 3d model data which would be hard to create with a traditional land survey

Street Scene from drone 3d model data which would be hard to create with a traditional land survey

Our drones scan the area with their sensors, gathering a range of information. We compile the data into one complete report providing the maximum useability for your project. Photogrammetry and Lidar sensors are used, as appropriate to accurately measure a site. Ground Penetrating Radar (GPS) and Bathymetric sensors can also be used with a drone to quickly measure sub-surface features. Traditional 2d plans and maps can be supplied but it is possible to supply the 3d data sets to allow you to pick the points you want without us deciding what points you want to be selected. Data can be imported into most CAD packages including AutoCAD, Revit, Sketchup, Microstation and ArchiCAD.

Crucial Services drone land surveys offer reliable, accurate and timely data for your projects.

Building a better future

We want to help make a better future for our planet and our society. One way we do that is by using drones to collect accurate, comprehensive data in minutes – not days or weeks – so you can get on with your life. Drone surveys have a much lower carbon footprint which helps everyone.

Data that counts

No more backbreaking labour

At Crucial Services, we strive to provide you with the most accurate and relevant data possible to make informed decisions and deliver the best service for your clients.

This survey was a combined topographical survey and measured building survey for a planning application. We used a combination of aerial photogrammetry, drone-based and ground-based LiDAR, inside and outside the building. Read more about this project here: Land and measured building survey with a drone
The photogrammetry model / digital twin of the planning application site
Drone mapping: topographical surveys with drones

The drone mapping / topographical survey of the planning application site

Time is money: A land survey with a drone will save you time and money, and get you the data you need for your planning applications.

Drone Surveying DJI M300 drone with L1 lidar scanner

Drone Surveying DJI M300 drone with L1 lidar scanner

Traditional land surveying takes a lot of time and money. With drones, you can have a comprehensive site survey in just a few minutes. Save hours of work by using drone technology for your site survey. This will save you thousands of pounds in man-hours spent on traditional land surveying over just a few surveys.

Drone Lidar on a planning application site revealing the hidden detail underneath the tree canopy. Land surveying with a drone is far quicker than a traditional survey

Drone Lidar on a planning application site revealing the hidden detail underneath the tree canopy. Land surveying with a drone is far quicker than a traditional survey

The world has changed, and we’re changing with it. As a committed drone aerial survey & land surveying company, we have the latest technology to ensure your needs are met.

You won’t be disappointed by what they can deliver