Beyond Boundaries: Explore the Possibilities of Drone Surveyig & Photogrammetry Services

PMC's Drone Photogrammetry services deliver high-quality results through advanced capture technologies. With our team of FAA-licensed pilots, we collaborate with you to provide comprehensive drone and sUAS services for aerial video, building as-builts, and photogrammetry.

We offer the option of RTK control, enabling the generation of point clouds from 2D photos that rival traditional laser scanners in terms of data accuracy. Trust PMC as your reliable partner for all your drone-related needs.

+1B sqft annually scanned

+5000 projects completed

700+ satisfied customers

40+ Years experience

Drone technology is pivotal in our Reality Capture process.

  • PMC utilizes the latest state-of-the-art sUAS equipment to deliver the best results. Our equipment utilizes survey grade RTK corrections (GPS) data so you can expect to see accuracy of +-2CM across a large project.
  • The data may comprise a few dozen or even several thousand high-resolution pictures. Photogrammetry software stitches all the images together into one 3D representation of the subject. This process creates a high definition point cloud, much like what you would expect from a terrestrial laser scanner, just not as dense. This is especially useful on projects that include areas like roofs and towers which a terrestrial laser scanner can not reach.
  •  Why does this matter? Being able to capture areas up high and out of sight with sUAS is much safer than traditional methods, which might include climbing with some sort of measuring apparatus like a tape measure or a laser disto-meter. These methods typically introduce error as the risks of getting to the area of interest are very high. Eliminating the need for humans to climb to the area of interest eliminates a large amount of the overall cost as well, because typically the climb to the top of a cell tower takes longer than the actual work to perform. You have to ask yourself, “Do I need to send a person up, or can I gather all the information that I need from high-definition imagery consolidated into a highly accurate point cloud, which can be measured and inspected as though I were right there?”

Benefits of Drone Surveying and Photogrammetry

  • Efficiently document ornate building details for repair and restoration
  • Document tall structures with high-resolution imagery
  • Generate detailed point clouds to precisely replicate intricate cornices and challenging architectural elements.
  • Coordinate material intake and trade staging through progress tracking using sUAS.
  • Capture and create measurable content for construction environments management.
  • Streamline workflows, minimize delays, and improve coordination.
  • Eliminate the need for humans to enter hazardous environments.
  • Collect data faster, reduce reliance on manual inspections, and optimize resources.

Drone Surveying and Photogrammetry Services Applications


Provide architects with accurate and detailed aerial data, enabling precise site analysis, mapping, and 3D modeling for effective design and planning.


Power, Gas, and Telecommunications

Allow accurate mapping of power lines, gas pipelines, and telecommunication towers for maintenance planning and assisting in regulatory compliance.


Offer valuable aerial data and 3D models for accurate site assessment, progress monitoring, and streamlined construction workflows.



Provide detailed aerial data and 3D models, aiding in project planning, design validation, and efficient infrastructure development.

Natural Resource Management

Support environmental monitoring, vegetation mapping, and land conservation efforts, providing valuable insights for sustainable resource management and allowing for environmental change tracking.

Infrastructure Inspection

Provide detailed visual data and accurate measurements for assessing the condition of bridges, roads, buildings, and other critical infrastructure assets.

Natural Resource Management

Support environmental monitoring, vegetation mapping, and land conservation efforts, providing valuable insights for sustainable resource management and allowing for environmental change tracking.

Emergency Response and Disaster Management

Provide rapid and accurate aerial assessment of affected areas, enabling efficient damage assessment, search and rescue operations, and disaster response planning.

Related Service: Multiple Site Laser Scanning Services 

PMC's multi-site solutions offer access to accurate 3D data, streamlining visualization and analysis. Our innovative approach improves information management across locations, saving time and boosting productivity. BIM integration through EFI enables direct access to asset data, providing a comprehensive view of assets in one place.

Our Drone Surveying and Photogrammetry Experts 

PMC's drone surveying and photogrammetry experts are highly skilled in utilizing advanced technology to capture precise data. With professional-grade drones and expertise in photogrammetry, our team delivers high-quality aerial imagery and accurate 3D models. Whether it's for construction, land surveying, or infrastructure inspection, our FAA-licensed pilots ensure reliable and efficient surveying solutions.

Frequently Asked Questions for Drone Surveying and Photogrammetry Services 

How accurate is drone mapping?
Drone mapping can provide highly accurate results, with the level of accuracy depending on various factors such as the type of drone, the quality of sensors used, the flight planning and data processing techniques employed, and the ground control methods implemented. In optimal conditions, drone mapping can achieve sub-centimeter level accuracy, making it suitable for a wide range of applications including surveying, mapping, construction, and inspections. However, it's important to note that the accuracy can vary and may be influenced by factors such as environmental conditions, flight altitude, and the complexity of the terrain or objects being captured.
What is drone mapping called?
The benefits of using 3D laser scanning in manufacturing are numerous. It allows for accurate documentation of as-built conditions, facilitates precise measurements for product design and quality control, aids in reverse engineering processes, enables virtual simulations for testing and optimization, and supports efficient facility management and maintenance.
How much does aerial mapping cost?
Various types of equipment and objects can be scanned using 3D laser scanning in manufacturing. This includes machinery, components, tools, production lines, buildings, and even entire manufacturing facilities.
How are drones used for mapping and surveying?
Manufacturing 3D laser scanning can achieve a high level of accuracy, typically ranging from millimeters to a few centimeters, depending on the scanner's specifications and the specific requirements of the project. The accuracy can be further improved through proper calibration and data processing techniques.
How do drones collect data?
The duration to complete a 3D laser scanning project in manufacturing varies depending on factors such as the size and complexity of the area or object being scanned, the required level of detail, and the scanning equipment used. It can range from a few hours for small-scale objects to several days or weeks for large-scale facilities.
Can drones measure distance?
The cost of 3D building scanning services can vary depending on factors such as the size and complexity of the building, the level of detail required, project timeline, and additional services or deliverables requested. It is best to consult with service providers to get accurate cost estimates.
Which drone is best for land surveying?
• Software tools commonly used to process and analyze the scanned data in manufacturing include point cloud processing software, CAD (Computer-Aided Design) software, 3D modeling software, and visualization tools. These tools allow for data registration, noise reduction, mesh generation, measurement analysis, and integration with other design or manufacturing software.
How do drones measure land area?
The data obtained from 3D laser scanning in manufacturing can be used in various ways. It can serve as a basis for accurate product design, facilitate quality control inspections and measurements, support reverse engineering processes to recreate or improve existing components, aid in virtual simulations for testing and optimization of manufacturing processes, and assist in facility management and maintenance activities.
Do building surveyors use drones?
• There are some limitations and challenges associated with manufacturing 3D laser scanning. These may include scanning shiny or reflective surfaces, scanning in challenging or hazardous environments, managing large amounts of data generated by high-resolution scans, and ensuring proper alignment and registration of multiple scans for complex objects or areas.
How does drone mapping work?
• The cost considerations for implementing 3D laser scanning in manufacturing can vary depending on factors such as the size and complexity of the project, the scanning equipment and software required, the expertise of the scanning team, and the desired level of detail and accuracy. It is important to consider not only the upfront costs of equipment and services but also the potential long-term benefits and return on investment in terms of improved efficiency, reduced errors, and enhanced product quality.

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