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Drone Lidar – 10 Frequently Asked Questions

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Over the past two years, drone LiDAR has become increasingly popular in many industries, such as surveying, engineering, inspection, mining, and construction, where the technology can help increase efficiency, accuracy, and profits.

With the launch of Microdrones as a Service, it’s now easier than ever to get started using drones with LiDAR with affordable rental and buying options. However, there are still many questions about the technology. Every day we receive emails, phone calls, social media messages, and website inquiries from professionals all over the world asking about drone LiDAR.

Below are ten common questions we receive about drone LiDAR. We aimed to keep these answers as simple as possible, but if you would like to dig into more detail, we encourage you to contact one of our helpful drone experts.

What is the basic principle of drone LiDAR technology?

LiDAR stands for Light Detection and Ranging. LiDAR sensors installed on drones are used to map the surface of the earth in areas with thick vegetation or in applications where the surface is constantly changing.

The main benefit of using LiDAR is it can “see” through the vegetation so you can collect much more detailed data. Drone LiDAR can also collect data in significantly less time than it takes surveyors using photogrammetry methods. A project that would take 2-3 weeks with a traditional survey crew can be completed in just 2-3 days with drone LiDAR. This includes processing.

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