Drone-based Volume Measurement Delivers Big Time-Savings
It’s common to use traditional ground-based surveying methods to calculate stockpile volumes, but drones provide a huge benefit without sacrificing accuracy.
“Drones are safer, faster, and about half the cost as compared to traditional ground-based volumetrics.” — Dallas VanZanten
A ground-based surveyor would measure elevation every 5–10 feet on each pile. Not only would this take a lot of time and put the surveyor at risk climbing up and down the piles, but this process would also result in relatively few data points, compared to the digital surface area captured by a drone.
For this 30 acre site Dallas says “it would take a full day to cover with traditional methods.” How long was Dallas on site with his drone? Just thirty minutes.
Benefits of Stockpile Measurement
Equal to or better than LiDAR survey methods
Considerably lower cost than traditional survey methods
Reports provided within 24 – 48 hours of inspection
Eliminates the need to climb on stockpiles – significantly improves employee safety, MSHA compliance and reduces site insurance costs
Improve Decision Making and Planning
Having confidence in the accuracy of your volumetric data allows you to plan smarter and make better decisions with fewer end of year accounting adjustments.
Quick Data Collection
Save significant time and labor – collect an entire site’s data in hours not days
Measure Daily, Monthly, Quarterly and/or Annually
Improve Operating Efficiency and Profitability
Lower internal labor costs and increase inventory knowledge in order to reduce costly stock outs. Utilize your company personnel for their highest and best use which often is not volumetric measurements.
Eliminate Inventory Adjustments and Write-offs
Frequent and Accurate Stockpile Measurements eliminates surprise adjustments
Reduce Capital Expenditures
Eliminate the need to purchase expensive survey measuring equipment
Improve Reporting to Banks and others
Accurate, documented material inventory readily available to support financing
Streamline Inventory Material Audits
Readily available, documented, independent third party inspection with audit history of all material inventories