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3 New Features to Help You Analyze Your Drone Data

Wondering why the construction industry is using drones more than ever?

In a word: documentation.

Your jobsite changes quickly, and it’s tough to keep track of every moving piece. The aerial view of a drone has helped fix that by making it easy to capture your projects at key stages.

That was only the beginning, though: now that it’s easy for you to use drones to document your project, we’re focused on helping you get insight from the imagery you collect. That’s why, today, we’re introducing a suite of new features in Site Scan Manager, our web application, to help you better understand and manage your projects.

Read on to see what’s new, and if you want to learn more please request a web demo—we’d be happy to show you more of Site Scan and answer any questions you may have.

1. Quickly count objects like trees, cars, and more


Counting trees with Site Scan’s new counting annotation feature

Use Site Scan to track inventory and assets on your projects? Today, that gets a whole lot easier. We’ve added a counting annotation to Site Scan so you can quickly take stock of the objects that matter, including trees, cars, and much more.

You can also use the counting annotation to plot exactly where to place ground control points on your site.

2. View multiple orthomosaics on a single map


From highways to pipelines, open pit mines to airports, Site Scan is increasingly being used on large-scale jobs across the world. That’s why, for your projects that span across several miles, we’re giving you the ability to view multiple orthomosaics at once. This single, unified view makes it easier for you to see and analyze your entire project in one place.

Multi-ortho view in action: Arcadis, a global engineering consultancy, used this feature as part of their work with Site Scan on the Orbital Highway project in Qatar. Site Scan helped them map the entire 46-km roadway 10X faster than traditional methods. They captured over 15,000 images from one end of the highway to the other, creating 34 orthomosaics in total. With multi-ortho view, they were able to bring each of the 34 orthomosaics together and view them all at once.

3. See your flights in calendar view


Switch to monthly calendar view with a click

To make it easier to navigate and find specific flights, we’ve added a calendar view to Site Scan. With this monthly view, you can see your drone flights in the same format as the rest of your project schedule.



Join our February 21st webinar!

To see these features in action—along with our new LAANC integration and enterprise admin accounts platform—join our webinar on February 21st.

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3DR Partners With AirMap to Offer LAANC in Site Scan

For many commercial drone operators, it can be a time-consuming process to get authorization to fly in controlled airspace: the application process can take up to 90 days, which keeps your drone grounded and delays your flights.

Today, that changes: we’re excited to introduce a deep linking integration with AirMap, the leading airspace management platform for drones, to make it easier than ever for Site Scan users to quickly get airspace authorization and keep flying.

AirMap is an approved LAANC service provider by the FAA, which gives it the ability to grant digital airspace authorization directly to commercial drone operators. Now, with Site Scan’s deep link to AirMap’s LAANC capabilities, Site Scan users can obtain authorization for flights in pre-approved areas and altitudes in near real time.

“With this integration, it’s easier than ever for our customers to fly safely and confidently in the FAA’s controlled airspaces. This is a big next step in making commercial drones an essential tool on projects across the country.”

— Chris Anderson, CEO, 3DR

The workflow is simple: Plan flights in Site Scan, and send the flight plan information to AirMap with the tap of a button for processing and approval. Then, you’ll automatically be redirected back to Site Scan to complete the flight.

Whether you’re planning a same-day flight or one that’s weeks in advance, using LAANC authorization in Site Scan makes it far easier to fly safely and confidently in controlled airspaces.

Want to learn more? Contact us to schedule a discovery call and get a free Site Scan demo.

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Year in Review: Top 5 Stories From 2017

Throughout 2017, drones were increasingly put to work on construction and engineering projects. They made a big impact: cutting costs and saving time, improving safety on-site, enhancing collaboration across teams, and much more. To show how drones are driving results on real-world projects, we’ve spent time on-site with many of our customers—innovative, forward-looking businesses across the world—learning from them and telling their stories.

We published a number of these success stories throughout the year, and now, as we kick off 2018, we wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some of our most popular articles from 2017. If you missed them the first time around, now’s your chance to give them a read!

1. How Drones Made Earthworks 10X Faster on Qatar’s Orbital Highway


Arcadis, a global engineering consultancy, has been putting Site Scan to work on a highway project in Qatar to speed up their volume measurement workflows. Performing a traditional survey and volumetric calculations on the Orbital Highway project, a 14-lane, 46 kilometer development, would have typically been a time-consuming project, but Arcadis was able to do it 10X faster—and far more accurately—using Site Scan.

Here’s how they did it >

2.Using Perimeter Scan for Fast, Accurate As-Built Surveys

In May 2017, we introduced Perimeter Scan, a one-of-a-kind autonomous flight mode that makes it easy to capture façades and vertical structures using Site Scan. Our customer, Argyle, immediately put it to work on an as-built survey project in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. By using Site Scan, they completed the survey and delivered georeferenced CAD files to their client in just 10 days. The time savings on this project were tremendous: a traditional as-built survey of this same site would have taken Argyle approximately 49 days, nearly 5X longer. 

Learn more >

3. How Drones Make Topographic Surveys 6X Faster


Small and mid-sized survey firms—like Texas-based All American Surveying, featured in this story—have also found success bringing drones into their business. On a 90-acre residential development project, All American Surveying was able to cut their time to deliverable from 18 days to just 3 days, while also using the drone data to save their client over $100,000 in the process. As Jake Thompson from All American Surveying said: “Drones are making topographic surveys simpler, easier, and faster than ever before.”

Find out why >

4. How Kimley-Horn Surveyed An Airport 5X Faster With Drones


Drones—with their safe, autonomous flight modes—continue to prove that they can be safely integrated into busy airspaces in order to collect aerial data. The latest example is from Kimley-Horn, a large design and engineering consultancy, who used Site Scan to perform an as-built survey and pavement inspections at Front Range Airport, outside of Denver, Colorado. Not only did they capture the entire airport in detail—including a 200 foot control tower—but they also made their pavement management workflows 5X faster.

Read the full story >

5. Drones Are Redefining Infrastructure Design—Here’s Why


In a single drone flight, we captured the Pinto Creek Bridge in Arizona and its surrounding conditions in a detailed 3D model. Then, working with Autodesk, we showed how easy it is to design a new bridge on this site, demonstrating just one reason why drones have become crucial tools in infrastructure projects across the world.

Read the story >


As Site Scan was being put to work this year—like in the 5 projects outlined above—we continued to enhance the platform in a number of significant ways. For example, most notably, we announced our integration with DJI drones, developed multi-engine processing with our integration with Pix4D, introduced the all-new Site Scan Manager, and much more. To see what else is new with Site Scan and learn about how it can help take your business to the next level, just request a demo. We’d be happy to help answer any questions you may have.

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3DR Announces Support for DJI M200, Point Cloud Measurements, and Volumetrics Tracking

Site Scan, our drone data platform built for construction and engineering professionals, has evolved significantly since launching over a year ago. Not only can you now use 3DR and DJI drones and our multi-engine processing with Pix4D, but it’s also become a complete enterprise solution for analyzing your drone data and sharing it across your organization.

We want to make it as easy as possible for our customers to do two things: collect accurate drone data with whatever vehicle they’d like to use, and get insights from that data with our suite of in-browser analytics tools. Today, we’re introducing three new features that help our customers do just that. Read on to see what’s new—and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!

Fly seamlessly with the DJI M200

One of the most advanced industrial drones on the market, the DJI M200, now works seamlessly with Site Scan! The M200 has long range, a 32 minute max flight time with payload, and much more. It’s already being put to work on construction and engineering projects across the world, helping collect highly accurate, reliable data. Now, you can fly it with Site Scan to map your jobsite, capture high-resolution inspection photos, and much more.

View, measure, and analyze point clouds

Measuring point clouds in Site Scan

Measuring point clouds in Site Scan

We recently launched our point cloud viewer in Site Scan, making it possible for you to view your projects in 3D with the click of a button. Today, we’re making the point cloud viewer even more powerful: now, you can make different kinds of measurements on your point cloud in real-time—including height, distance, area, and angles—all within the browser in Site Scan. Also, you can view your model at higher resolutions by adjusting the point budget and size to your liking. With these new point cloud tools, you can easily view and measure a whole new dimension of your jobsite.

Track volume calculations over time

Volume report

Jobsites can change quickly, and earthwork quantities are no exception. Now that you can get volume measurements and cut fill calculations directly within Site Scan, our new Volume Report feature gives you the ability to track how your earthwork and stockpile quantities change over time for any georeferenced Site Scan project. With the Volume Report, managing earthwork quantities is simpler and easier than ever before.

Have questions about these new features or would just like to learn more about Site Scan? We’d love to help: just reach out to 3DR Sales for a web demo and discovery call. Happy flying!

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Four New Features, Now in Site Scan

Today, we’re thrilled to launch significant improvements to the entire Site Scan user experience. We’ve added four key features to both Site Scan Field, our mobile app for flight planning, and Site Scan Manager, our web app, to make it easier for you to collect, process, and share the best data possible.

1. Map layers in Site Scan Field

Now, you can view your latest orthomosaics and overlay design files—such as KML, Shape, and GeoJSON—while planning flights in Site Scan Field.

This is perfect for planning flights in remote areas where the basemaps are out of date, because you can easily see the actual conditions of your site—like roads and fences—by viewing the orthomosaic and planning your flight accurately and safely.

Also, if you have property boundaries that you need to fly within, you can upload them into Site Scan and view them while planning your flight.

2. New Site Scan Field interface

We’ve re-designed the Site Scan Field interface to make it simpler and more intuitive. Now, your flight settings and map layers are on the left sidebar, and key settings are easier to access.


3. Low light mode

Flying in low light—early in the morning or before sunset—can result in photos that have shadows, which affects stitching and the quality of your deliverables.

That’s why we’re introducing Low Light Mode: just toggle it on while planning your flight, and Site Scan will automatically optimize the shutter speed, ISO, and aperture for you, so you can capture accurate aerial data whenever you need to.

4. Export contours as DXF

Now, you can export your Site Scan contours into the AutoCAD DXF filetype. This makes it easier for you to use contours in your workflow, especially in Autodesk tools like Civil 3D.

Want to learn more about Site Scan and how it could work for your business? Feel free to contact us to set up a discovery call.

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