Benchmark is licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct commercial drone surveys in applications including land surveying, habitat mapping, and photo documentation.
Our state-of-the-art drones can collect high-resolution aerial photos, 4K video, and produce survey grade GPS data. Using this cutting-edge technology, Benchmark delivers our clients new perspectives on the obstacles of each project.
Habitat Mapping Surveys & Benthic Surveys
When weather and water conditions are favorable, Benchmark can use drones to peer through the water and map shallow benthic habitats. Delineating oyster beds, submerged aquatic vegetation, and capturing current aerial imagery are the most-common functions provided by the drone in a benthic survey.
Pipeline Drone Surveys
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) also known as drones, often guide the survey process in large-scale projects such as pipeline construction. Having a bird’s-eye view of the survey area often leads to discoveries of subtle land features that could be overlooked at ground level.
Pre-construction drone surveys provide clients with vital site data required before construction can begin. Survey-grade elevation profile maps, 3D models, high-definition orthoimagery in the form of 2D maps, and volumetric calculations are just a few examples of the data produced with drones. Using drones to conduct an aerial pipeline survey saves the client days of field work, and ultimately saves them money.
Surveys conducted during construction can help track the progress of a project and ensure environmentally sensitive areas, such as wetlands, are avoided.
Post-construction aerial drone surveys ensure the land was returned to pre-construction grade and all building materials were cleaned up properly. Monitoring wetlands and other sensitive habitats for months (or even years) after construction is a common permit requirement and is simplified by the use of drones.
Wildlife Management Studies
A comprehensive wildlife management plan (WMP) is just one of many services offered by Benchmark. Current aerial photographs captured by drones help Benchmark personnel identify and map vegetation changes and habitat types. Identifying the different habitats on a property is an essential part of creating a customized WMP that will be successful for years to come.
For example, if prescribed burns are a component of the WMP, photos collected with the drone can help evaluate the success of the burn by comparing vegetation before and after the burn. Additionally, drone elevation surveys can assist with streambed and wetland improvements, pond construction, and overall habitat assessment in an economically friendly approach.