By now you’ve probably heard it within your company. From project managers to ground surveyors, the buzz is on, Competitor X is achieving DEM’s with 60-90 points per square meter at 4-5cm accuracy from a Drone, for half the cost! Coworkers are beginning accept this is the future and not wanting to be left behind, they think the best way to propel the business forward is by implementing a drone division, yesterday!
These people are ambitious, but unfortunately, they underestimate the complexity of the endeavor. Over the years I have seen several companies try this, and only a handful of larger companies have been able to successfully maintain it. My professional opinion from experience is; unless you’re using the drone on a weekly basis, incorporating this specialization within your company is probably not worth the time, money, or effort. Mainly because there are a handful of highly reliable Drone service providers in every major populated area, which can do these services for a competitive price. Over the next few while we will discuss in detail the main factors which are commonly underestimated!