These 5 Tools in 3DR’s Site Scan Can Help You Better Manage Your Jobsite

From real estate to agriculture, many industries are reaping the benefits of adding drones to the job. Drones are often cited as a time and money saver for projects requiring detailed oversight and data collection that would be too dangerous for human workers. In the building and construction industry, specialized drone solutions like 3DR’s Site Scan, offer an industry-specific platform to help teams capture and use reality data in current workflows.

So how does a drone solution like Site Scan make the construction jobsite more efficient? Check out these five tools and features that are designed with construction project teams and business owners in mind.

#1: Compare Jobs

Plan to use your drones for frequent flyovers to track project progress? Use Compare Jobs to manage and analyze all that data you’ve collected.

Need a way to verify the work done by your subcontractors? Or want to track how your jobsite has changed over time? Use Compare Jobs to easily match and analyze two orthomosaics side-by-side with an interactive slider. See the tool in action in this video (at the 06:03 mark) and learn more details on the 3DR blog.

Video courtesy of 3DR

#2: Volume Visualizer

Get more precise stockpile measurements when you measure in 3D.

One of the most important elements in calculating volume data is precision. When you select an area for volume measurements, you want to be as precise as possible to avoid affecting your calculations.

The 3D Volume Visualizer allows you to select your stockpile and then inspect it in 3D, giving you more precise volume measurements than ever before. Learn more about this tool on the 3DR blog.

Site Scan Volume Visualizer Tool

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#3: Cut and Fill Calculations

Save time and money, reduce risk, and better manage resources on-site with accurate cut and fill analysis.

Cut and fill analysis is a crucial process for building teams. Without this analysis, your team wouldn’t have the information you need to effectively level and prepare a jobsite for construction.  However, cut and fill is also very time-consuming and complex, usually requiring multiple tools and specialized earthworks software.

Well, now, you can easily and accurately cut and fill within Site Scan—all without having to export your drone data to another software. See the tool in action in the video (starts at the 17:01 mark) and read more about the details on the 3DR blog.

Video courtesy of 3DR

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#4: Three Elevation Views

Visualize your topographic surveys better with three distinct elevation views

Drones can conduct topographic surveys faster, safer, and more cost-effectively than traditional methods. Now, you can visualize your collected data in more ways with three elevation views.

Site Scan Elevation Views

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The 3DR blog describes each view below:

Elevation Model: With this model, you can turn your elevation data into a heatmap in order to quickly understand and verify elevation across your site. This is crucial, for example, when you need to know which way drainage water will flow and what areas of your site will require the most grading. You can adjust the altitude ranges to view the area that you’re most interested in, and change the opacity as well.

Hillshade: Need to clearly identify the 3D objects in your orthomosaic? The hillshade viewer makes it easy, providing a grayscale 3D image of your jobsite.

Cut and Fill Map: In addition to cut and fill calculations, now you can easily set your desired grading elevation and then view a high-resolution cut and fill map to know exactly how much work needs to be done to level your site. You can also adjust the opacity of the cut and fill map, helping you see your orthomosaic and make critical earthwork decisions for your project.

#5: Custom Coordinate Reference Systems

Ensure that your deliverables, from orthomosaics to point clouds, can be used seamlessly by all project stakeholders.

If you’re an architect, surveyor, engineer, or contractor, then you may know all about working in custom coordinate systems in your projects. The custom coordinate reference system (or Custom CRS) is a great tool for those who don’t use standard systems like EPSG codes. Simply select two ground control points and use those as the basis for whatever coordinate system you preer.

Custom CRS ensures that all of your deliverables can be used seamlessly throughout your entire project chain, for sharing with your team, stakeholders, and clients. Learn more about ground control points in Site Scan on the 3DR blog.

Site Scan Custom Coordinates

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What other drone workflows and tools would be beneficial to you on the jobsite? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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