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.
Figure 1: DJI Inspire 2 with Zenmuse X5s camera