As D.L.Howell and Associates continues to advance our drone program, we find more and more ways to utilize the data we acquire when we fly a site. The software we use gives us more than just a high-resolution image, it also allows us to get approximate volumes of basins, topsoil stockpiles and cross section information for areas we choose.
Below are some examples of volumes, areas and cross-sections.

Getting the Volume of a Stockpile

In Photo 1 below, we see a site that was flown using the drone.  Our goal is to get the volumes of the two stockpiles.  In Photo 2,  we show a color elevation map of the area.  We can use this image to draw a border around the area of interest.

Top Soil Stock Pile

Photo 1: Topsoil stockpile

Elevation Map

elevation map of stockpiles
Photo 2: This view shows the elevation map of the stockpiles.

Using the Drone Deploy software, we can draw an area that we would like to get the volume of.  After drawing a border around our area, we can see that this stockpile contains approximately 2,757.5 cubic yards of soil.  We will also do the same for the smaller stockpile area to the left.  The smaller stockpile area contains approximately 87.6 cubic yards of soil.

Using the Drone and Software to get Cross-section Information

Here is a sample site.  We will be looking at the basin and the building.

In this example, we are using the same color elevation map to generate a quick cross-section of a basin.  The line passing through the middle of the basin will show our cross-section information to the left.

Basin Cross-section

We can also use the same elevation information to get the basic cross-section of a building.  If we mark a cross-section line across the building we can get the width and height of the building as seen in the cross-section to the left.

Cross-section of a building

Using the Drone and software to get Area Information

Here is a sample pond, we would like to find out the area at the waterline.

Getting the area of a pond using Drone Deploy

We can use the area command to trace around the waterline to get the area of the pond which is 0.948 acres.

Getting the area of a pond

In conclusion, using drones for engineering and surveying will Increase in 2018!

Using drones to gather information about a site for our company and our clients is becoming a very important part of our business.  The data we can quickly collect and process flying a site with a drone has helped us during the site design phase of a project while at the same time assisting us in answering questions for clients about their projects.

If you are in need of any of these services for your project, contact D.L. Howell and Associates and ask to speak with one of our ever growing team of certified UAS Pilots.

We will be happy to fly your next project! (610) 918-9002

DLHowell Drone Pilot John Hubickey

D.L.Howell Drone Pilot John Hubickey, always looking up!