The Problem Industries Are Facing

Airborne surveys traditionally done by manned fixed winged aircraft are expensive and logistically complex. This often means that for relatively small projects traditional airborne surveys are not an option. Our approach is to eliminate what makes these surveys so expensive and complex by using lightweight unmanned aircrafts. We now make aerial surveying accessible to a wider range of businesses and applications. We can deliver our survey equipment direct to the project area, take off on site and perform the required survey in a timely manner. This allows us to deliver tailored-made services, wherever and whenever our clients require them.

Why Drones?

The use of drones in airborne surveys has many advantages compared to conventional surface research or airborne surveys using manned helicopters or airplanes:

  1. Risk reduction – Every day on average 13 deaths occur related to the construction trade. Of the “fatal four” the number one risk is falling. Medical costs and costs for absence from work amount to hundreds of millions a year. The use of drones for specific monitoring and inspection tasks now performed by people can significantly reduce these risks.
  2. No need to shut down plants – During inspections, installations in most cases need to be shut down temporarily, involving high costs due to loss of productivity. Using drones capable of inspecting functioning installations in a short time span makes the shut-down superfluous.
  3. Better overview – Flying at low heights, drones are capable of creating a very sharp image and a clear overview which can be used to actively monitor and inspect activities, installations, infrastructure and buildings on the surface.
  4. Survey of inaccessible locations – A drone can fly where people or vehicles have no access, for example over swamps, densely forested areas and locations of suspected hazardous environment. Drones make these areas accessible for airborne surveys.
  5. Improved data density – Compared to manned helicopters and planes drones can get much closer to the survey goal, resulting in improved data density and quality of the survey.
  6. Faster data acquisition – Drones can perform surveys or inspections on the surface or in the air in a much shorter time span. Because fewer people and equipment are involved, in most cases the necessary security measures can also be reduced significantly.
  7. Higher data resolution – Compared to manned helicopters and planes drones can fly much closer to the surface, improving the data resolution and therefore the quality of the survey.
  8. Lower costs – Drone research is often cheaper because installations don’t need to be shut down, inaccessible areas become accessible, data acquisition is faster and the necessary workforce and equipment in the field are reduced.


If you’re in any industry and need more than just an average drone video, Terra Aerial Drone Services would love the opportunity to work beside you and help you develop your business for the future.

Contact us today by calling 925.239.3203