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Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

Access ‘inaccessible’ places, and take your projects to new heights.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) are becoming essential tools for geospatial applications where photogrammetry is of value. Areas of use include: land surveying and assessment, equipment inspection and material inventory, construction design and monitoring, mining, environmental planning, GIS, research applications, emergency and disaster response, and many more.

SynTerra uses UAS to support project goals, enhance work products, improve results, and reduce risk. SynTerra provides registered drones, licensed pilots, and preflight inspections—all in strict adherence with FAA regulations. Clients get full advantage of the latest drone technology without a learning curve or red tape. Most importantly, clients get a more complete picture of their business challenges. They also get unique perspectives for designing solutions.

UAS inspection solutions include:

  • Accessing difficult-to-reach areas (e.g., towers/antenna, stacks, roofs, conveyors, piping racks, riverbanks, etc.)
  • Accessing confined spaces (e.g., tanks, vessels, utility corridors)
  • Covering large acreage or features (e.g., storage yards, mine/borrow pits, wastewater systems, dams and dikes, pipelines, etc.)
  • Construction site progress monitoring
  • High resolution images and video
  • Thermal imaging
  • Orthoimagery (i.e., georeferenced aerial photography)
  • GIS integration
  • Facility overviews to support orientation and training requirements

UAS surveying and mapping solutions include:

  • Topographic mapping to support civil engineering projects
  • Volumetric surveys/estimates for inventory tracking, agency reporting, and planning (e.g. landfill volume and life projection; material quantity estimates for chip, bark, log and coal piles, etc.; pit progress reporting and overburden estimates; and more)
  • Thermal mapping for energy efficiency evaluation, wastewater treatment assessment, wildlife studies, habitat identification, etc.
  • High resolution data – when tied into differential GPS (RTK or PPK), accuracy is down to inches and a dense point cloud is collected for use in generating 3D models, topographic maps, etc.

Other benefits of SynTerra UAS services:


Small and lightweight equipment


Easy setup and programming of flights


High resolution images, video, and survey data


Lower risk/improved safety (examples: nobody in a plane; nobody trudging across a site; preprogrammed mission-abort protocols)


Competitive pricing when compared with traditional approaches


Reduced site time


Self- or hand-launched equipment