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How Kimley-Horn Goes From Drones to Design

Site Scan saves Kimley-Horn weeks of surveying time and improves due diligence workflows

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The Project

The Project

A complete survey of Denver's Red Rocks Amphitheatre

The Need

The Challenge

Kimley-Horn needed to survey and process rich point cloud data of the Amphitheatre, in just a few days

The Solution

The Solution

Site Scan allowed Kimley-Horn to quickly fly and scan the entire Site in a few hours

The Results

The Results

Total survey and deliverable time reduced from 3 weeks (Conventional) to 2 days (Site Scan)


Founded in 1967, Kimley-Horn is a premier planning and design consulting firm, operating more than 80 offices across the United States.


Raleigh, North Carolina

Products Used
  • 3DR Site Scan
  • 3DR Drone with Sony R10C Camera

Kimley-Horn has a knack for finding creative solutions on tough projects

When Denver Parks and Rec sought to make a number of infrastructure improvements to the Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Kimley-Horn found that traditional data sources were insufficient or quickly became out of date in the preliminary design phases.

Kimley-Horn is a planning and design consulting firm with over 3,000 staff members in more than 80 offices across the US. Since 1967, they have helped public infrastructure and private development clients by offering landscape architecture and planning, land development, and many other engineering services.

Kimley-Horn’s success comes from their laser-focus on client satisfaction. As former Kimley-Horn president Ed Vick said, “We have no reason to exist except to serve our clients”.

The Situation:

Kimley-Horn worked with Denver Parks and Recreation to survey the famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre, just outside of Denver, Colorado.

When Denver Parks and Rec sought to make a number of infrastructure improvements to the park, Kimley-Horn found that traditional data sources were insufficient or quickly became out of date in the preliminary design phases, leading to scoping mistakes, reword, lower margins, and more. They needed to create a new, streamlined workflow with drones to conduct due diligence of the site and understand the scope and fees involved for specific infrastructure work.

"The faster we collect high quality data, the better off we’re going to be in doing the preliminary design of a site."

Bobby ValentineProject Visualization Lead, Kimley-Horn

Red Rocks photo

Site Scan Mesh

Site Scan as a solution:

3DR’s Site Scan drone platform allowed Kimley-Horn to quickly and easily capture Red Rocks, and combine the results with terrestrial LiDAR data. Thanks to Site Scan’s industry leading processing engines and direct integration with Autodesk software programs like Civil 3D and AutoCad, Kimley-Horn was able to cut their survey and deliverable time down from 3 weeks to 2 days, while improving accuracy and quality.

Now, Kimley-Horn uses Site Scan get current, up-to-date data as part of any due diligence process.

Digital Elevation Model


Point cloud

For Kimley-Horn, a traditional due diligence survey takes around 2 to 3 weeks: They receive a request from the client, accept and complete the survey within a week, and complete the final deliverable approximately 2 weeks later. By augmenting their survey process with drones, they can cut this workflow down to 1-4 days. With Site Scan, it takes under a day to mobilize to the site and scan it, and just a day or two later to export a final CAD file, contours, orthoimagery, and point cloud.

Their goal of delivering premier service to their clients is more achievable by using Site Scan to get a better sense of their site early in the process. They no longer have to worry about preliminary data being out of date or unreliable, and can quickly capture useful information without a major expense or time commitment. 

As a result, Kimley-Horn is able to avoid repeat work and improve project margins.

"Site Scan combines intuitive software, best in breed camera capabilities and integrates seamlessly with the GIS and CAD systems we use daily."

Bobby ValentineProject Visualization Lead, Kimley-Horn

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