Earthworks is the process of engineering involving excavation (cut) and movement (fill) of soils and rock for the purpose of grading a site to a designed specification. Earthworks are commonly a preliminary step in construction projects, both in heavy civil construction (roads, bridges, dams, canals, etc.) and vertical construction (site grading for buildings).

Drone use in earthworks projects is increasingly common, as drones can quickly capture the topography of a site, which can be used to calculate stockpile volume measurements and be quickly manipulated to determine cut and fill opportunities.

3DR Site Scan, for example, includes features and tools specifically for earthworks, such as automatic cut and fill calculations volume and area measurements.


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


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

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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