Drone Construction Surveying

Unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) construction surveying, mapping and imaging can provide significant advantages for general contractors, construction managers and real estate developers. Trade contractors, architects and engineers also find UAV drone mapping invaluable in a variety of settings.


Today, drone surveys are revolutionizing the construction industry. Improved quality and safety, combined with nearly instant access to survey data and imagery, can help protect your project’s budget and schedule — and ideally help you reduce both.

Drone Technology Is Revolutionizing the Construction Industry

In addition to traditional GIS mapping and surveying, UAV technology offers other significant advantages to companies in the design, development and construction industries.

Drone photography and videography can be used to track and report on a project’s progress for legal documentation, client reporting and marketing. These tools are also appropriate for inspection purposes, especially into areas that may be difficult or even impossible to access in traditional ways.

In a recent example, drone construction surveying was used on a large hospital project to compare a subcontractor’s completed grading and earthwork to the project’s site design. In a single day, an experienced UAV consultant flew the site, uploaded the data into their software program and generated an elevation map, orthomosaic map and a three-dimensional model.

Benefits of UAV Construction Surveying

As illustrated by the hospital project example, UAV construction surveying and drone mapping can provide a wealth of relevant data and reporting that — if available at all — would require days or weeks to obtain.

Because drone surveying is accomplished with an unmanned aerial vehicle, human safety is never at issue, unlike traditional methods of surveying and mapping. This can translate to an improved safety record and potential liability insurance premium reductions.

From a quality control perspective, drone aerial surveying can ensure that potential field errors are identified and addressed quickly. It can help protect the project’s schedule and budget. Legally, drone mapping and surveys can be used to support trade contractor progress payment decisions and to document potential disputes.

Using UAV Drone Mapping as a Promotional Tool

The data, maps and imaging that result from drone construction surveying also help you grow your business.

UAV images — still photography and videography — make impressive additions to your company’s website, advertising and marketing proposals. Current and potential clients will appreciate your commitment to quality and thorough documentation.

As a sales tool for real estate developers, drone construction surveys and flyover images provide an impressive, birds-eye perspective to potential investors, tenants and end users. And as these dazzling visual sales tools can be used in property listings and ads, they can do more for sales than a dozen staff members — for a fraction of the cost.

Hot Shots Aerial provides a range of UAV services, including real estate drone photography, event videography, and aerial construction imaging. Contact us today to learn more about how our services can benefit your project, or to schedule UAV drone construction surveying for your project.