Aerial Survey Support

Need to organise an aerial survey? Capturing images and footage from an aerial perspective enables you to put together a more comprehensive survey. Projects such as Earthworks, Site progress, Landfills and Quarries. Using the latest technology, the experienced team at Samsett Surveys & Engineering Ltd provides UAV and drone surveys for clients throughout the UK. Get in touch today to book our services.

Benefits of Aerial Surveys

Benefits of Aerial Surveys

  • More Comprehensive and Accurate Earthwork Surveys and Volume Calculations

  • Cover Large Areas in Short Flying Time Compared to Conventional GPS Surveys

  • Reduced Number of Surveyors Needed Onsite Which Reduces the Chances of Accidents

  • Photographic Records of the Progress of the Works Onsite That Can Be Used to Prove Claims

  • 3D Models That Can Be Issued to Your Client or the Public

  • BIM-Compliant Surveys

Previous Projects

In July 2016, Samsett Surveys & Engineering Ltd obtained the Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO), formerly Permission for Aerial Work. Since being granted the permissions by the CAA, we have carried out aerial surveys on a range of projects, including:

Previous Projects

  • Highway Construction

  • Landfills/Quarries

  • Remediation/Ground Stabilisation and Re-Engineering

The main project Samsett has flown is Balfour Beatty’s™ Norwich Northern Distributor Road (NNDR). The project is 19km long and has taken a minimum of four days to fly the complete project on three separate occasions. The purpose of the aerial survey was to create a digital terrain model (DTM) for the calculation of the bulk earthworks quantities.


To fly the NNDR project, Samsett used the Trimble UX5 HP Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). This is a fixed-wing aircraft which can operate in much more extreme weather conditions compared to the rotary coppers that are more commonly associated with UAVs. By choosing this aircraft, we were able to fly practically every day of the year.

Survey File Formats

When the flight is complete, we will issue all captured survey images and footage in a variety of file formats, including:

.ecw File – Georeferenced Photo Which Can Be Used in BIM, GIS, or CAD Software

.dwg File – CAD File of the Cleaned Surface, Used for Volume Calculations

.tif File – Aerial Photograph with 50mm Resolution

Other file formats can be supplied as per the client’s preference. For smaller surveys or videos, Samsett also has a Phantom™ multi-rotor aircraft that can be used to carry out smaller aerial surveys within a confined site.

Dependable Aerial Surveys

Experienced in completing UAV and drone surveys, we support all aerial survey work.

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