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What Are the Benefits of a Drone Survey?

At Surveying People, we utilise the latest technology to ensure our surveys are as accurate as possible. A drone survey is an ideal way to cover a vast area of land in a cost-effective solution. But, what other benefits do drone surveys have?

What is a Drone Survey?

In general, surveying is the science of figuring out how far apart two points are and where they are in relation to one another, whether in a 2D or 3D world. The planning of development sites, defining property lines, and maintaining infrastructure all benefit from this information.


When doing a drone survey, you follow the same fundamental guidelines but employ a drone to collect the data. All of that data will be recorded for you by the drone as it flies over the points.

How Are Drones For Surveying Used?

Throughout a wide variety of industries, drone technology has been utilised to survey areas and get more detailed information on landscapes. This includes within the oil and gas industries, where drones can help plan where pipelines can and cannot be laid and within archaeological and mining companies, where locations need to be mapped out.


Within surveying, a drone captures all aspects of the property from every angle imaginable. This way, a surveyor can utilise the imagery and create bespoke and accurate estimates for the property’s value and any exterior issues that need to be addressed. 


Since UAV and camera technology has advanced so quickly in the last ten years, drones may now employ cameras that can produce photos and videos with up to 5.2K resolution. The survey is more accurate a higher pixel density.


A drone survey has the ability to take pictures in even the worst weather conditions thanks to new stabilization techniques and camera technology. One of the drone’s greatest advantages and a major factor in why it is a well-liked surveying technique is its precision.

Helps Health & Safety

Drone surveys can cover a wide vast of land, including elements that are structurally high. Without a drone survey, to get an accurate picture, surveyors would have to get as close as possible, which can result in the risk of injury.


Instead, a drone survey is a great opportunity for surveying companies to reach all horizons in a safe environment and eliminate RICS-qualified surveyors from working at a height. All while giving the customer an accurate estimate of their property.

Covers Vast Land

To do aerial surveys, you must go across a large area. Several hectares are inaccessible to many drones in a single battery cycle. It can take time away from the job to land and deploy your drone multiple times. Look for a commercial model that can fly continuously for at least 30 minutes. You won’t need to change batteries to finish the survey with it.

Time Effective

Drone surveys take less time to perform than other surveying techniques since they can quickly cover large regions of land. In most cases, drone surveys can result in high-quality images and videos in a few hours. Additionally, it is possible to plan out the flight courses in advance, which can save a lot of time.


A drone survey can be used for projects with stringent time limits since they can shorten the duration of the entire project, from early planning to final data processing and delivery of the finished result. This includes the survey itself as well.

Surveying People

With over 30 years of experience in the construction and surveying industry, our team at Surveying People consists of RICS-qualified surveyors and EPC inspectors. Our London surveyors cover areas including the North, North West, Harrow and Central boroughs. 


Our surveying services range from the RICS Condition Survey (Level 1), to the most comprehensive Building Survey (Level 3). The Level 2 and Level 3 surveys also include a free drone survey. Whatever your specifications, we are here to help. Find out more here.  


For more information, or to receive a quote on our residential surveys, fill in our form here. Or, speak to one of our homebuyer survey


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