DRON LIDAR

Should I Rent or Buy Drone Surveying Equipment.


New DRONE SURVEYING Rent-or-Own Program Expands Availability, Offers Flexibility, and helps Develop Growth opportunities

There’s no question that drone surveying systems are helping surveyors collect data more efficiently and safely while cutting costs and saving time. Early adopters have taken advantage of drone technology to streamline their workflow and successfully grow their business prompting other surveyors and geospatial professionals to learn how to affordably add UAV technology to their toolbox.

Enter the new Microdrones as a Service​​​​​​​ program- a new business model from Microdrones that offers competitive pricing and rental options for high-end bundled UAV solutions. mdaaS allows customers to select plans according to their business needs and anticipated usage, providing convenient packaging of survey equipment, software, workflow, training, and pay per project or unlimited data post processing.

Microdrones CEO, Vivien Heriard-Dubreuil explains, “We developed mdaaS to propel the industry and expand the market from innovators and early adopters into the early majority phase of growth. The demand and interest are obvious; this new business model makes the adoption decision easy for a broader addressable market. More companies will be able to afford this technology, when offered as a monthly subscription, as compared to the traditional model of purchasing survey equipment in one lump sum.”

Microdrones as a Service makes it easier for more surveyors to adopt this technology, via reasonably priced options in a subscription model, so they can start enjoying the benefits right away. Whether you operate a small to mid-size surveying company or a major multi-location firm, mdaaS enables customers an easy way to make Drone LiDAR and Drone Surveying a part of their business.

To help gauge whether buying or renting drone equipment is the best option, take a look at the following 4 sample examples. Please note, although these are fictitious businesses, the scenarios provide real-world insight into likely solutions for using Microdrones as a Service to get into drone surveying.

RENT IT/PER PROJECT OPTION NEW USER

SAMPLE COMPANY: FIRST-TIME FLIER

ENTRY-LEVEL OPERATIONS, INC.

In this example, a new surveying company has decided that drones and data can make its business safer, more efficient and able to better serve its customers. A system such as the mdMapper1000DG aaS could meet its growing but as-yet non-recurring business, but this start-up isn’t yet able to fully identify needs and capabilities. Microdrones can guide this customer through choices such as when to use LiDAR and when to employ photogrammetry, and what’s the best software for the job. As the company evolves, Pay per Project can ease any growing pains.

LIKELY SOLUTION:

aaS Pay per Project can allow a new surveying company to do high-end work while finding its footing in the drone, and Microdrones, ecosystem.

BUY IT OPTION

SAMPLE COMPANY: MULTILOCATION FLEET OPERATION

123 ENGINEERING

Picture a large, busy construction and utility operation based across the U.S., in Brazil and in Australia. Consequently, it has a great deal of recurring business. It’s a well-capitalized company, poised to spring back into full action as soon as the crisis subsides.

This company operates its own drone fleet, up to and including the mdLiDAR3000DL with its ability to deliver automated point cloud colorizations. It has in-house IT and maintenance expertise.

LIKELY SOLUTION:

aaS Buy It, with a one-year warranty; available supplemental survey equipment maintenance/repairs, safety updates and bug fixes for three years.

RENT IT/ PAY PER PROJECT OPTION MODERATE USER

SAMPLE COMPANY: SMALL SPECIALTY BUSINESS

XYZ METHANE DETECTION CO.

Here’s a nimble operator that likes being up to date with its data analysis.

It wants to deploy a mdTector1000CH4 aaS, but the pandemic’s slowdown in gas production has the company tightening its cash flow. Still, XYZ really wants to realize the faster results and increased personnel safety that a high-end methane detection system can bring.

LIKELY SOLUTION:

aaS Pay per Project can offer smaller charges that project revenue can cover. aaS can hone estimates for the company’s expenses, and thus for its clients. It allows a company like XYZ to “punch above its weight” while controlling capital outlays. Pay per Project’s provision for servicing and upgrades are reassuring.

RENT IT/UNLIMITED DATA PROCESSING OPTION

SAMPLE COMPANY: BUSY, WITH RECURRING BUSINESS

ABC MINING, LTD.

This business operates a titanium mine in Africa. Its “floating mine” technology involves dredges pumping mineral sands to a separation plant and subsequently to the company’s port .

It recently acquired an mdMapper1000DG, and can survey ahead of the dredges, determine mining and stockpile volumes, and help determine how to restore areas to their original conditions. The mdCockpit app makes it easy to plan, monitor and repeat missions and flight paths. Multiple readings could yield accurate results delivered efficiently and at a fraction of the cost of using helicopters.

LIKELY SOLUTION:

aaS Unlimited Data processing plan could benefit a mining company like this with its need to heavily process data via the mdInfinity platform.

BENEFITS OF MICRODRONES AS A SERVICE

  • Improve your competitive advantage with field-proven technology
  • Ease integration of UAS into your workflow seamlessly
  • Furnish professional grade survey equipment for faster scaling
  • Maximize cashflow- no large capital expense required
  • Worry free technology: you always have access to the latest, greatest technology as it rapidly advances, and you are never left with something obsolete.
  • The cost of ownership is built into your price upfront. It’s predictable, planned, and provided by Microdrones.
  • Versatility of system and pay per project processing; only pay for features when needed and they have access to good, better and best processing solutions, as the project demands.
  • Provide a flexible payment schedule that enables strong Return on Investment

If you're ready to add drone surveying solutions to your business, including everything needed to do drone LiDAR and surveying the right way, CLICK HERE to speak with a Microdrones representative