Using drone surveys for archaeology
From the early 20th Century aerial photography has been an enormous benefit to the world of heritage, through the discovery of new sites and the ability to photograph buildings and monuments from a new perspective.
Over the last 20 years the availability of drones or UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) has meant that you don’t have to have access to a plane to get good quality low level images and film.
Drones now have all sorts of uses in heritage, not only for providing good quality images but also in producing 3D models, orthomosaics, accurate planning and condition surveys. Ambrey Archaeology fly both a Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic Mini 2.
Of course, drones come with their issues and reckless use has hit the headlines more than once in the last few years. They must be flown in a way that cannot cause harm to the public, other aerial vehicles or infrastructure such as power lines.
Both Elizabeth and Tom have obtained the correct licences from the Civil Aviation Authority and Elizabeth has passed the A2 Certificate of Competency course for responsible operation of drones of more than 250g to ensure safe operation at all times.
Through the use of drones and Agisoft software, Ambrey can produce a range of products to enhance archaeological reports and building surveys and provide models and images to developers and house owners.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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