Like sunlight through the leaves of a forest, near-infrared light emitted from an airborne LiDAR unit is able to illuminate ground features. LiDAR’s unique ability to collect multiple point returns allows it to see beyond canopy surfaces and extract a much more accurate ground surface elevation.
High Density Data
Because our drones are able to fly so close to the ground (400 feet or less) we are able to generate a very high-quality point cloud, easily reaching 100+ points per square meter densities. While the image above may appear picturesque it is actually an extremely high-density LiDAR point cloud.
High DEM Quality
Because of its ability to penetrate vegetation, LiDAR is able to provide a very highly precise and sought after digital elevation model. Producing high-quality DEMs can be very difficult when utilizing photogrammetry, by comparison. Densely vegetated areas like wetlands and forests can only be mapped using LiDAR.
Drones have revolutionized the LiDAR space because of their ability to perform collections over small areas. Ordering a manned aerial LiDAR collection is often cost prohibitive for areas less than one square mile. Our drones are making LiDAR available to those with project budgets that previously couldn’t afford this premium data.
The collection and certified processing of LiDAR data can often delay a project timeline because of file transfers and miscommunication between parties. WCE is able to collect and process everything under one roof. Our certified drone pilots and LiDAR technicians work in close collaboration, further expediting delivery of data.
Flying LiDAR data collections using unmanned aerial systems completely removes humans from the cockpit and increases safety. During field operations, WCE’s priority is always maintaining a safe environment for our employees and surrounding nonparticipants. Rest easy knowing that WCE highly trained and safety focused industry experts are collecting your data.
How our service works
Have a potential project? Give our mapping experts a call today.
Provide us with a detailed outline of your area of interest. A KML or KMZ from Google Earth works great!
We will send you a quote that details our planned operation and the cost to perform our services.
Once we receive approval to proceed, our experts will get in touch to schedule a flight date.
Once data has been collected, we process your deliverables and check for accuracy.
Once accuracy standards are met, your data is securely delivered to you.
We Use This Data Too
The engineers at WCE obsessively strive to produce data accurate enough to be used in our engineering workflows.