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Drones Make Stockpile Measurement Easy

How Drones Make Stockpile Measurement Easy

How Drones Make Stockpile Measurement Easy

Stockpile measurements are a vital part of any project, but they can be time-consuming, costly, and manually climbing up aggregates can put workers in harm’s way. Contractors shouldn’t have to choose between accurate volume data and a safe, efficient projects, and now they don’t have to: drones are proving their value on-site as a safer, more efficient way to measure stockpiles and seamlessly integrate with existing workflows.

If you’re thinking about using drones to measure stockpiles on your next job, here’s what to expect:

1. Saved time on site

Site Scan volume measurement of a customer job site
Site Scan volume measurement of a customer job site

Drones make volume measurement as simple as the press of a button: automated, pre-programmed flights can capture lengths, areas, and volumes in just minutes. Once you set your flight path, you can re-fly that same flight without any manual piloting, saving time and labor. In fact, drones helped a large aggregate company that sells asphalt and readymix cement cut their field data collection time by 96%.

Drones helped a large aggregate company that sells asphalt and readymix cement cut their field data collection time by 96%.

2. Lower data collection costs

Cost-effective volume data can be imported directly into ReCap 360 Pro
Cost-effective volume data can be imported directly into ReCap 360 Pro

Aerial data capture has also proved to be the most cost-effective approach to monitor stockpiles and aggregates. McKim & Creed, a leading surveying and engineering firm in the US, used drones for landfill surveys on a 60-acre site and found they were 10%-20% cheaper than traditional ground surveying, 30–40% cheaper than aerial photogrammetry, and 40– 50% cheaper than LiDAR. While costs change depending on the size of the site, drone solutions consistently prove to be more cost-effective than traditional methods. Continue reading about stockpiles and drones.

(Source: 3dr)

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