As the technology improves and federal regulations ease, aerial surveying is steadily moving away from manned aerial surveying teams and towards unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). UAV technology has advanced to the extent that it is faster, safer, easier, and more affordable than manned aerial surveying for many use cases. Below are a few of the reasons why unmanned aerial surveys and UAVs are being quickly introduced into a variety of industries.
The Major Challenges of Manned Aerial Surveying
Aerial surveying is used to cover large areas of land at a time. However, manned aerial surveying has to be completed at a higher altitude, which causes some important details to be lost. The data is then frequently integrated into a more detailed ground surveying data, which can lead to discrepancies. Additionally, manned aerial surveying has traditionally been very expensive.
Manned aerial vehicles are costly to operate, need to be manned by multiple employees, and can be potentially risky. Safety concerns are a major issue when it comes to manned aerial flight over crowded areas, as a crash or other incident could cause significant harm to bystanders.
Operational delay is one of the most serious concerns when it comes to aerial surveying. Aerial surveying is generally completed at the very beginning of a project — and it’s often required to progress even the most preliminary stages of the project, such as acquiring permits. When a delay occurs during this phase, it can put the entire project at risk.