Drones are remotely piloted aircraft that can be readily adapted and equipped for various specialist functions. They are being increasingly used in surveying due to advances in technology; ease of use; the flexibility they offer; and falling costs.
This section looks at using drones in surveying and considers:
- skills and learning required to operate drones
- legislation and deployment issues and
- the future direction of drone use.
It explores how drones are being used by surveyors to improve accuracy, cut costs, speed up processes and improve safety.
This section is maintained by Mark Adams of GNA Surveyors and Aspect Air Solutions.
Figure 1: DJI Inspire 2 with Zenmuse X5s camera
RICS standards and guidance: Earth observation and aerial imagery
RICS insight paper: Drones: applications and compliance for surveyors
Feature: Drones: regulation post-Gatwick