Drone mapping, defined

Stay up-to-date on the latest drone industry terms, topics, and concepts with our glossary

BIM

BIM, short for Building Information Modeling, is the integrated digital modeling of a building’s design, construction, and operational information.

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BIM 360

BIM 360 is a construction management software tool built by Autodesk, and it integrates seamlessly with drone platforms such as 3DR Site Scan.

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Drone Inspection

One of the most popular use cases for drones is taking close-range, high-resolution inspection photos of critical infrastructure, including roadways and bridges, cell towers, transmission lines, and more.

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Drone mapping software

Drone mapping software is a category of applications that enable drone flights for data collection and software for processing and analyzing this data.

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Drone surveying

Drone surveying is the application of drone technology to collecting topographic survey data. It is typically conducted using photogrammetry processing or LiDAR sensors for point collection. Compared to traditional methods, drone surveying is a fast, cost-effective, and significantly safer way to collect topography data.

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Earthworks

Earthworks is the process of engineering involving excavation (cut) and movement (fill) of soils and rock for the purpose of grading a site. Drone software platforms enhance traditional earthwork processes by making it easier to collect, analyze, and share topography and volumetric data.

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Ground control points

Ground control points are designated locations on a job site that have been precisely measured using Real Time Kinematic (RTK) GPS coordinates. They are used to tie your drone data to real-world locations in order to improve the absolute accuracy of your maps and models.

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LAANC

LAANC, which stands for Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability, enables drone operators to get airspace authorizations in near real-time.

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Navisworks

Navisworks is an Autodesk software tool used to manage, combine, and review various 3D model files.

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Orthomosaic

An orthomosaic, also known as an orthophoto, is an aerial image of an area, composed of multiple photographs stitched together using photogrammetry.

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Part 107

Part 107 refers to the portion of FAA regulations relating to the operation of commercial use of drones weighing less than 55 pounds.

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Photogrammetry

Photogrammetry is the science of calculating measurements from photos. Photogrammetry software is used in drone software tools like 3DR Site Scan.

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Point cloud

A point cloud is a collection of measured data points assembled in a digital space, and can be created by drone data platforms like 3DR Site Scan.

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Revit

Revit is an Autodesk computer-aided design (CAD) software tool used for building information modeling (BIM) by design-build construction teams.

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Topographic survey

Topographic survey is a type of survey that captures the elevation profile of a land area’s surface, creating a contour map of the terrain.

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VDC

Virtual design and construction (VDC) is the management of construction projects by using integrated digital models throughout the project’s lifecycle.

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