3DR your inbox

Sign up for the 3DR Lift newsletter for the latest stories, product updates, and more

The cut and fill analysis is a routine, but crucial activity: it provides the information needed to effectively grade and level a jobsite and prepare it for construction. An accurate cut and fill helps you save time and money, reduce risk, and better manage resources on-site.

Calculating a cut and fill properly, however, has long been a time-consuming process, with significant time spent in the field performing a topographic survey and back in the office analyzing the data. While drone surveying has significantly reduced time on-site, calculating cut and fill volumes has still been needlessly complex: it requires using multiple tools and specialized earthworks software.

We set out to fix that, and today, we’re excited to share the results: you now have the power to calculate cut and fill volumes directly within Site Scan, without having to export your drone data into other platforms. If you open Site Scan, with the tap of a button you can get precise, actionable volume measurements. See examples of both cut and fill calculations—including a 3D viewer of your volumes—in action:



Quickly and accurately measure your stockpile, view it in 3D, and determine how much you need to cut in seconds




The best fit base plane gives you precise fill volumes

Get accurate calculations with the Sony R10C and multiple base planes

Regardless of your jobsite environment, Site Scan’s cut and fill calculations are incredibly accurate. Not only are they based on data collected by the Sony R10C camera—the best drone camera in the sky—but there are also three base planes available that account for the underlying terrain: lowest point, highest point, and best fit.

The lowest point base plane finds the lowest elevation in the vertexes of your boundary, and creates the base plane from that point. This is best suited for stockpiles on a flat surface—or with walls or other stockpiles nearby—that you plan to cut.

The highest point plane will work from the highest vertex of your boundary, and is great in cases where you plan to fill, like a trench, hole, or ditch.

The best fit base plane, which is the default plane in Site Scan, is the most robust of the three: it will automatically determine the most appropriate fit for your selected area.

No matter what your cut fill needs are, Site Scan provides a number of base plane options for you to use as appropriate. Now, with cut and fill, you can do even more with your drone data—all in one simple, intuitive platform.

Want to see Site Scan in action?

Set up a meeting with one of our product specialists to get a free demo of Site Scan, including the cut and fill tool. Request a demo and we’ll be in touch!