Can a Drone Be Used to Collect Data with LiDAR?

Yes, drones can indeed be used to collect data with LiDAR.

Anko AS has recently acquired a new LiDAR to offer our loyal customers this type of measurement. Our new LiDAR is a Dji L2 model mounted on our drone, a Dji M300.

Anko has several years of experience with LiDAR scanning. As the name suggests (Light Detection and Ranging), this equipment uses light in a similar way as radar uses radio waves.

The most common method used for surveying with a drone is photogrammetry with a photo camera. This is a very accurate methodology, and very accurate results are achieved for everything that is clearly visible from the air. One of the significant advantages of LiDAR measurements is that it can penetrate vegetation that might be in the way of the measurements. This way, you get a much bigger picture and more data to use. This is a clear advantage in larger mapping jobs, especially in projects where power lines are to be mapped.

What do you do after collecting all the data?

The job is only half done once the data has been collected. A point cloud is not just a point cloud, as you can read more about here.

To use the data collected, it must be processed correctly. We have good experience using Terrasolid, which allows us to get the best out of the data.

What can you expect to be delivered if you use Anko?

Here at Anko, we have several certified drone pilots with years of surveying experience, so you will be very well equipped to have a team that collects data in the best possible way. In addition, we have many years of experience with both photogrammetry and LiDAR data processing, so the post-processing will give you the best result.

A standard delivery from us includes: Classified point cloud, DTM, contour lines, and orthophoto.

Does Anko deliver LiDAR measurements throughout the country?

Yes, we provide this service throughout Norway.

Feel free to contact us to discuss your project.