In the past, conducting aerial geological surveys has been notoriously expensive and time consuming, however great the final rewards may potentially be.


All this is about to change.

Whether they are used for geophysical surveys by the mining industry in site investigation tasks such as mine planning, mineral deposit exploration, slope monitoring or aeromagnetic mapping, by the oil and gas industry for pipeline inspection, offshore surveys, geological mapping or methane detection, or for academic or research purposes, drone surveys provide affordable and efficient performance, combined with a low environmental footprint.


Compared to commercial satellite photography or manned aircraft, drones capture much more detailed geophysical data and can also fly beneath clouds, so can be used in overcast weather. Ground surveys conducted on land tend to be limited by geographical obstacles and other terrestrial factors, and hiring a helicopter can be expensive, whereas UAV surveys offer enhanced accuracy and flexibility at around a tenth of the price.


Drones provide a stable, 360° aerial view, so the mapping of geological structures over large areas can be achieved quickly and precisely. Their ability to fly both low and slowly along a predetermined flight path, allows for high-resolution overlapping stereophotogrammetric photos to be taken, which can then be used to generate aerial maps and 3D models of the landscape using geological software. Furthermore, this data can be combined with other seismological and geotechnical surveys for a complete and holistic analysis of the site.



Volume calculations for landslides or rockfalls, depending on the availability of a relatively accurate data model of the original situation.


Models of inaccessible rock faces.


Photos and videos of hazardous or impassable areas.


Creation of concentrated, highly accurate digital terrain models, suitable for generating rockfall simulations.


In addition to photogrammetry, we also deploy laser scanners during flights over these smaller areas.



Rock glacier monitoring                   


For the past years, we have been involved in the observation and mapping of rock glaciers.

These imaging techniques allow for easy identification of the creeping motion of this permafrost phenomenon.




Rock face mapping


With our UAVs we're able to photogrammetrically capture rock faces and slopes.

Using this data, a 3D model of the zone could be calculated which could then be further used by geologist.