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Frequently Asked Questions



Drone surveying involves using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) equipped with cameras and sensors to collect aerial data and imagery for mapping, inspection, and analysis purposes.

Surveys are an integral part of any construction project, regardless of its size. They provide your architect or engineer with essential data needed to progress through the planning, design, and construction phases. This accurate and detailed information ensures that all aspects of the project are well-informed.

Drone surveying provides faster data collection, higher accuracy, cost efficiency, and the ability to access hard-to-reach areas, making it an excellent alternative to traditional surveying methods.

This will depend on your individual requirements; each survey we provide can be standalone or delivered on a more regular basis.  


Drone surveys can achieve accuracy levels of up to 30mm on bare earth and flat surfaces, depending on the equipment used and the survey conditions.

Surveys are an integral part of any construction project, regardless of its size. They provide your architect or engineer with essential data needed to progress through the planning, design, and construction phases. This accurate and detailed information ensures that all aspects of the project are well-informed.

Data outputs can include high-resolution aerial imagery and videography, digital elevation models (DEMs), Ortho mosaic maps, 3D models, and detailed reports tailored to your specific needs.  On using the client portal, data can be analysed to assist with decision making, identify errors in builds and to identify where significant cost savings can be made.

Operational Questions

Yes, we obtain all necessary permissions and adhere to the regulations set by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to ensure safe and legal drone operations.

The duration of a survey depends on the size and complexity of the site, but most projects can be completed within a few hours.  Data will be processed within 24 hours.

As per the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) regulations, we are permitted to fly our drones at heights of up to 400 feet (approximately 120 meters) above ground level and at distances up to 500 meters from the pilot. These limits ensure that the UAV remains within the pilot’s line of sight, closely monitoring the UAV’s altitude and distance using telemetry data relayed to the pilot’s screen. This screen also displays live video footage from the UAV’s first-person view (FPV) camera, which assists in navigating over long distances.

Drones cannot be flown in heavy rain, strong winds, or poor visibility conditions. We monitor weather forecasts closely and schedule flights during optimal conditions.

Employers’ Public liability of £5,000,000, Professional Liability of £2,000,000 and full indemnity insurance. 

In addition to our numerous procedures designed to reduce the likelihood of an accident, our systems are equipped with in-built emergency prevention features to minimise any damage in the unlikely event of an emergency. These features include low battery voltage alarms and a return-to-home feature.

Drone Surveying produce detailed risk assessments, operational notes and method statements for each flight.  Our team of pilots undertake regular training alongside being fully qualified to operate commercially on construction sites.  As an established UAV operator, we consult regularly with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on safety issues affecting our industry, ensuring we are up to speed and adhering to the latest legislation, guidance and best practice.

Service and Pricing

The cost varies based on the size of the survey area, the type of survey, and the specific requirements of the project. Contact us for a bespoke quote.

You can book a survey by contacting us through our website, email, or phone. We will discuss your project details and provide a tailored solution.

We offer our services across the United Kingdom.

Our client base is diverse, from working with major housebuilders to providing one-off services for roof inspections, meeting individuals’ requirements.

Post-Survey Questions

Survey data is typically delivered digitally via access to our client portal. We can provide further data in various formats such as JPEG, TIFF, PDF, or CAD files, depending on your needs.

Yes, our team includes experts who can provide you with ongoing support to assist you in analysing and interpreting the survey data to make informed decisions for your project.

We offer regular monitoring and progress-tracking services for construction sites and other ongoing projects.


Our support team is available to assist you with any issues or questions you have regarding the data. Contact us, and we’ll ensure you get the support you need.

Yes, you can request additional data collection or analysis at any time. We are here to support your project needs as they evolve.  Surveys for construction sites benefit from regular repeated surveys.

   If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us directly or call our support team. We are here to assist you with all your drone surveying needs..


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David Storm
Bellway Homes
- Technical Director

I have worked with DRONE SURVEYING for some years now, from checking a boundary of new land to auditing earthworks. The use of drones on our sites is now standard; we monitor progress and calculate cut and fill via the online software as our sites progress.

Ian McIntyre
Miller Homes
- Build Engineer Manager

The use of regular mass data collection and the latest drone technology and practises will without doubt save us time and money on our sites. 

Iain Hamilton
Taylor Wimpey
- Technical Director

We use DRONE SURVEYING on all of our sites to support our cut and fill strategy, with regular surveys and their cutting-edge software, we are able to manage our sites much more effectively. 

Adam Bills
Countryside Properties
- Associate Development Director

Having now worked with DRONE SURVEYING engineering solutions for a number of years, their services have proven to be invaluable conducting our volumetric surveys, progress videos and cut and fill support.  The drone data platform has allowed us to get the best from the data with full support and training provided from the DS team

Jacob Henry
- Engineering Manager

The drone data helps us to make quicker and smarter key decisions to ensure we have budget and time control on our projects.  Having monthly surveys on our sites ensures we keep full control of all earth movements.

Greg Richards
Taylor Wimpey
- Senior Engineer

Using aerial imagery from drone surveys helps us anticipate errors or mistakes in the next stage of development instead of waiting for work to start on the ground.  This proactive approach has saved us hundreds of thousands of pounds; a reactive approach can be costly