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Realtime Kinematic (RTK) Data

RTK DATA
RTK TECHNOLOGY SIGNIFICANTLY ENHANCES THE ACCURACY AND EFFICIENCY OF DRONE SURVEYS BY PROVIDING REAL-TIME CORRECTIONS TO GPS POSITIONING.

RTK, which stands for Real-Time Kinematic, is a satellite navigation technique used to enhance the accuracy of position data collected by drones during surveys. It is particularly important in applications where precise positioning is crucial, such as in construction site surveys, mapping, agriculture, and infrastructure inspection.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF RTK DATA?
Here's how RTK works in the context of drone surveys
GPS RECEIVERS

Drones equipped with RTK technology have specialised GPS receivers. These receivers not only receive signals from satellites in the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), such as GPS, GLONASS, or others, but also receive correction signals from a reference station on the ground.

REFERENCE STATIONS

RTK requires a network of reference stations on the ground with known and precisely surveyed locations. These reference stations receive signals from satellites and calculate the errors in the satellite signals in real-time.

CORRECTION DATA

The corrections calculated by the reference stations are transmitted in real-time to the RTK-enabled drone. These correction signals provide corrections for errors introduced by the Earth’s atmosphere, satellite clock inaccuracies, and other factors that can affect GPS accuracy.

Real-Time Positioning

The RTK-equipped drone uses the correction data to refine its own GPS position in real-time. This enables the drone to achieve centimeter-level accuracy in its positioning, significantly improving the precision of the survey data collected.

WHAT ARE THE APPLICATIONS OF RTK

In summary, RTK technology significantly enhances the accuracy and efficiency of drone surveys by providing real-time corrections to GPS positioning. 

This technology is particularly valuable in applications where precise geospatial data is essential for decision-making and analysis.

 

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
Redrow
- 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

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