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New in Site Scan: Inspect Mode

Valuable infrastructure—from bridges to dams, cell towers to solar panels—requires frequent and accurate inspections to spot issues and maintain quality. The problem with on-the-ground inspection, though, is that it can be time-consuming, costly, and dangerous for field crews trying to capture hard-to-reach areas.

Our vision is that drones can transform the way construction, engineering, and mining professionals monitor their most important assets. While field teams stay safe on the ground, drones can be their eye in the sky, taking high-resolution photographs and going places that would be otherwise impossible to access.

Today, we’re excited to make this a reality: introducing Inspect Mode, the fastest, safest, and most cost-effective way to capture what matters to your business.

With Inspect Mode, you finally have a way to capture high-resolution, geotagged photos of critical infrastructure and assets. It enables you to fly your Site Scan unit manually, using a telephoto lens on our 20.1 megapixel Sony R10C camera, the best camera in the sky. You can zoom in and capture close-up images to monitor ongoing construction and send progress updates, identify issues before they get too costly to fix, and store photos for compliance and further analysis.

See even the smallest details of your jobsite with the Sony R10C 20.1MP camera

The addition of this flight mode makes Site Scan the complete solution for using drones as an inspection tool: it offers easy-to-use flight controls, multi-battery missions, a high-resolution camera, cloud-based storage and management, and an intuitive user experience to tie all of this together.

The use cases are endless—for example, you can also use Inspect Mode to generate unique marketing materials, such as the view from the penthouse of a new apartment building before breaking ground.

How does it work?

The workflow is simple: set your takeoff and return altitudes, and then  use the  Site Scan joystick to fly the drone manually, assisted by GPS. You can adjust the gimbal angle to take photos from the top down, at an angle, or directly facing an object or building. Need to get a better look at something on your site? You can easily zoom in to take close-up photos, and then view them in detail in Site Scan Manager.

Learn more about how the Arizona DOT used drones to speed up a bridge replacement project

Our goal with Site Scan is to make it easy for you to capture every part of the infrastructure and assets that matter to your business, so you can better manage them. Now that you can fly with Inspect Mode, Site Scan can give you a better view of your projects than ever before.

Want to see how it works, along with the rest of Site Scan? Get a free demo from one of our product specialists—they’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.


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Cut and Fill Calculations, Now in Site Scan

The cut and fill analysis is a routine, but crucial activity: it provides the information needed to effectively grade and level a jobsite and prepare it for construction. An accurate cut and fill helps you save time and money, reduce risk, and better manage resources on-site.

Calculating a cut and fill properly, however, has long been a time-consuming process, with significant time spent in the field performing a topographic survey and back in the office analyzing the data. While drone surveying has significantly reduced time on-site, calculating cut and fill volumes has still been needlessly complex: it requires using multiple tools and specialized earthworks software.

We set out to fix that, and today, we’re excited to share the results: you now have the power to calculate cut and fill volumes directly within Site Scan, without having to export your drone data into other platforms. If you open Site Scan, with the tap of a button you can get precise, actionable volume measurements. See examples of both cut and fill calculations—including a 3D viewer of your volumes—in action:



Quickly and accurately measure your stockpile, view it in 3D, and determine how much you need to cut in seconds




The best fit base plane gives you precise fill volumes

Get accurate calculations with the Sony R10C and multiple base planes

Regardless of your jobsite environment, Site Scan’s cut and fill calculations are incredibly accurate. Not only are they based on data collected by the Sony R10C camera—the best drone camera in the sky—but there are also three base planes available that account for the underlying terrain: lowest point, highest point, and best fit.

The lowest point base plane finds the lowest elevation in the vertexes of your boundary, and creates the base plane from that point. This is best suited for stockpiles on a flat surface—or with walls or other stockpiles nearby—that you plan to cut.

The highest point plane will work from the highest vertex of your boundary, and is great in cases where you plan to fill, like a trench, hole, or ditch.

The best fit base plane, which is the default plane in Site Scan, is the most robust of the three: it will automatically determine the most appropriate fit for your selected area.

No matter what your cut fill needs are, Site Scan provides a number of base plane options for you to use as appropriate. Now, with cut and fill, you can do even more with your drone data—all in one simple, intuitive platform.

Want to see Site Scan in action?

Set up a meeting with one of our product specialists to get a free demo of Site Scan, including the cut and fill tool. Request a demo and we’ll be in touch!

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Site Scan Processing is Now Powered by the Pix4D Engine

When you process your drone photos into orthomosaics, 3D models, and other data products, you want to get the best results every time. A few factors affect the quality of a processed job: camera quality, flight mode, number of photos, and the type of deliverable you’d like to process, for example.

With this in mind, we’ve thoughtfully designed every aspect of Site Scan to deliver the most precise, actionable data possible. That’s why we’re excited to introduce one of the biggest improvements to Site Scan yet: we’ve integrated Site Scan with Pix4D, a leading photogrammetry engine, to help you create more accurate and detailed data products than ever before.

Site Scan is already integrated with the Autodesk ReCap processing engine, so now that Site Scan processing is also powered by Pix4D, we’re offering an industry first: multi-engine photogrammetry processing for your data products.

With multi-engine processing and Site Scan’s Sony R10C camera, our customers are achieving accuracy levels within a tenth of an inch of terrestrial LiDAR. Also, with the improved processing engine in Site Scan, now you can generate a topo with a contour interval down to 5 inches, which is comparable to terrestrial LiDAR.

Pix4D Orthomosaic

Now, with Pix4D integrated in Site Scan, you can get a more accurate aerial view of your jobsite than ever before.

How does it work?

We’ve made improvements that deliver processed data 3X faster, and now you also can process 5X more photos at once—2,500 photos in total. Once you capture your drone photos and upload them to the 3DR Site Scan cloud, they are automatically processed into the following data products:

• Orthomosaic






• Contours (Minimum 5 inch interval)

Once your data is processed, you will receive a quality report with details on accuracy,  quality, overlap, number of images calibrated and enabled, camera optimization, keypoint matches to indicate data quality, and more. This gives you—and your clients— confidence in the results.

“We need accurate, reliable, and robust processing for our drone imagery. Multi-engine processing with both ReCap and Pix4D enhances our ability to deliver superior results to our teams and external clients.” — Bobby Valentine, Kimley-Horn

Get a free demo

Want to learn more about our new features and see Site Scan in action? Get a free demo from one of our product specialists and see the whole workflow, from drone to data to decisions. 

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New in Site Scan: Volume Visualizer and Merge Jobs

Today, we’re excited to introduce two new features in Site Scan Manager. First, Volume Visualizer helps you calculate more precise stockpile volumes by viewing your measurements in 3D. Second, Merge Jobs allows you to combine photos and data from two separate flights, helping create more detailed data products from multiple flight modes.

Volume Visualizer

When calculating volume data, there’s one thing you need to be sure of: precision. Using the polygon tool for volume measurements (shown above on the left), it’s important to define a precise area and avoid covering any parts that might affect your calculation.

That’s why today, in an industry first, we’re adding a new dimension to the volume measurement tool in Site Scan. Now, based on the area you select with the polygon tool, you can inspect your stockpile and view it in 3D.

This allows for a whole new way to measure stockpiles, trenches, and more: the 3D model gives you a better sense of what area your polygon covers, and what it doesn’t. The result? More precise volume measurements than ever before.

3D Volume Measurement Viewer

Merge Jobs

Every Site Scan flight creates a new, unique job with all the photos that you collected. Sometimes, though, you’d prefer these photos to be in a single job, not separate ones. That’s why we built the merge jobs feature, which allows you to quickly combine multiple jobs into one—this enables you to process larger orthomosaics and combine multiple flight modes to create more detailed data products.

Merge Jobs

Mark your calendar…

Want to see these new features in action along with the rest of Site Scan? Join our next training webinar tomorrow, Thursday June 29th at 10AM PDT, to see Site Scan in action. To attend, register here and stay tuned for updates.

Both of these features are now live on Site Scan Manager, so customers can log in today and start using them. Looking for a Site Scan demo? Contact us to speak with a specialist.

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3DR Partners With SoftBank to Offer Site Scan to the AEC Industry in Japan

Today, we’re excited to announce our partnership with SoftBank C&S, one of Japan’s largest distributors of information and communications technology, to bring Site Scan to AEC professionals in Japan. With this partnership, Site Scan is now the only commercial drone software that SoftBank offers, which opens up the power of drone data to their customers across the country.

The timing couldn’t be better: there has been a building boom across Japan as it prepares to host the 2020 Olympics, but their construction industry suffers from a significant labor shortage due to the country’s shrinking population. To address this, in 2015 the Japanese government launched the i-Construction initiative to help the understaffed industry increase worker productivity by 50%. Drones, which can fly autonomously and capture data fast and cost-effectively, play a key role in helping get there.

The 3DR sales team recently joined SoftBank C&S on their national Site Scan roadshow, demonstrating the product across Japan in collaboration with Autodesk and Shibamoto & Co., 3DR’s authorized distributor in Japan.

“Being in person with SoftBank, Autodesk, and Shibamoto made it clear just how big of an impact aerial data capture can have in the Japanese market,” said Matt Harrison, Head of Sales at 3DR. “Aerial data software like Site Scan is already driving productivity for our customers in Japan. The partnership with SoftBank will allow 3DR to meet the demand for drone data across the country.”

“SoftBank is an established, innovative firm with a strong track record of success, and it’s great to see their initial traction with the Site Scan roadshow,” said Chris Anderson, CEO, 3DR. “We look forward to continuing to develop our partnership with them to help drive productivity on construction projects across Japan.”

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