Surveying / Inspections

3D Modelling

DroneMate can help monitor your site for up-to-date measurements and continued analysis, for more efficient earthwork management and stock pile surveys.

These services offers many benefits compared to old technics beyond cost and time saving. A single drone is able to survey a vast area keeping men out of harms way and allowing a site to continue operating undisturbed.

Using our UAVs we are able to create GPS referenced point clouds, 3D meshes, DSM/Orthomosaics, agricultural health surveys and more. Understanding the client’s needs allows us to produce the correct outputs to make the needed calculations. We are able to make calculations for the client and/or produce the surveys in file formats compatible with software being used by the client such as AutoCAD for in house use.

Output Formats Include:

  • Point Cloud: LAS, LAZ, PLY, XYZ
  • 3D Textured Mesh: PLY, FBX, DXF, OBJ, Zipped OBJ, 3D PDF
  • Orthomosaic: GeoTIFF, Google Maps Tiles, KML, Mapbox Tiles
  • Raster DSM: GeoTiFF
  • Grid DSM: XYZ, LAS, LAZ
  • Contour Lines: SHP, PDF, DXF
  • Reflectance Map: GeoTiff
  • Variable Rate Prescription Map: SHP


The image of the Island below is actually an interactive 3D model we created. Use your mouse buttons to move the model around. If you need to recenter the model click on the icon above the zoom in button.


We are able to make 2D/3D measurements for any purpose with accuracies in line with the clients needs.

Volumetric surveys

UAVs are brilliant for volume calculations.  The UAV flies over the site, causing no disturbance of work and minimal risk, and the images are processed in Pix4D soon after.  The data gathered from a 20 minute survey is usually more precise and “granular” than a surveyor spending 2 days climbing over stockpiles with the GPS unit (while parts of the site are shut down).

We regularly fly stockpiles: every month end, we turn up on site, sign in and fly the area and go away a few minutes later.  Next day the client has the numbers and maps.  If they want to change the cut line or boundary, its not problem: its a 10 minute job.  UAV volumetric surveying is easy (for the client), fast and cheap.

We also create custom volumetric reports with extra information such as video/images to help you better manage site planning.

The data collection process is able to be planned for each site prior to the survey and at no time do we require shut down of any part of the sites operations.

Following all final processing a quality report is produced to confirm accuracy of data.

GPS reference DSM/Orthomosaic images

When Google maps is just not enough resolution or the area you require is not up to date than this is for you. An Orthomosaic is a collection of aerial photographs stitched and geometrically corrected such that the scale is uniform: the resulting image has the same lack of distortion as a map. Unlike an uncorrected aerial photograph, an Orthophotograph can be used to measure true distances, because it is an accurate representation of the Earth’s surface, having been adjusted for topographic relief, lens distortion, and camera tilt.

Precision Agriculture

DroneMate can survey large areas of agricultural in high detail using our UAV’s. We are capable of creating high resolution analysis of vegetation and crop health. Utilising this service can allow for a much better understanding of how to manage your resources in the field which results in many cost saving benefits and higher plant yields.

Inspection services

No need to put you or your staff in harms way anymore. From tight spaces to dangerous places we can get a UAV there. Our UAV’s are capable of flying into hazardous areas producing live video feed on site while recording Ultra HD quality video and images for later analysis.  Utilizing zoom lenses we are able to give you a close up view of hard to reach/dangerous areas all from a safe distant location.