Down To Earth

Down to Earth Surveyor Reality Series Demonstrates the Efficiency of Drone Lidar

Now Available on YouTube and mdTV


Down to Earth, a surveying reality series, shows how real surveyors collect data and turn it into real deliverables, despite challenging conditions, rugged terrain and lurking dangers.

Just outside of Houma, Louisiana, Duplantis Design Group (DDG), a multidisciplinary regional engineering, architecture, and surveying firm, is surveying a 1,200 acre site for both residential and industrial development. However, the area to be surveyed lies in between a bayou, the Intercoastal Waterway, and a large floating marsh- making traditional surveying methods difficult and treacherous. 

To expedite the survey, DDG is using drone LiDAR to avoid the dangers in the marsh safely from the air above. However, this project is also in close proximity to the Houma-Terrebonne Airport, meaning additional air clearance must be obtained to operate the drone. See how the team at Duplantis Design Group (DDG) overcomes these challenges and is getting work done faster and more efficiently using drone LiDAR surveying equipment.

Watch Episode 1 Below:

On the first episode, UAV Pilot Justin Schech is sent to the project near Houma, Louisiana, to review the site, the mission plan, and to start capturing data with the mdLiDAR1000. Joining Justin, is Robert Chrismon, Marketing Manager and voice of the customer for Microdrones.

WATCH Episode 2 Below 

Episode 2 introduces Corey Macmenamin, the Survey Business Unit Leader for DDG, and he explains why the drone surveying equipment is perfect for this project.

He said, “We wanted to use LiDAR, because a lot of the areas in Houma, up against the Intercoastal Canal specifically, are floating marsh, which is very difficult to access by foot and seemingly the only way to get this job done in a timely fashion was to use the drone LiDAR.”

Watch Episode 3 Below

To see how the data is processed and visualized, Episode 3 heads back to the Covington, Louisiana office of DDG, where their draftsman, Brad Villemuer, sits with Robert Chrismon, and reviews the data to show how the final deliverable is created.

“The difference of what we bring to the table today,” Macmenamin explains, “as to what we were capable of doing 25 years ago when I started surveying, is night and day. The drone solutions provided by Microdrones, with the deliverable, the quality of product, and density of data, changes the way we do things.”

If you'd like to view the webinar premiere that feature all 3 episodes of Down to Earth, Air Control, along with exclusive behind-the-scenes mission planning, data capture and analysis of the final deliverables narrated by the professionals involved in the project CLICK ON THE IMAGE BELOW.