Accurate Stockpile Measurement with Drones

A free guide to measuring stockpiles and gathering accurate inventory counts with UAVs.

DroneDeploy's Blog
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3 min readFeb 10, 2019

Whether you work in the construction, mining, or aggregates sectors, stockpile management is a critical requirement on any job site. But measuring stockpiles can be unsafe, time-consuming, and expensive. This puts you in a difficult position. You need accurate data to run your business operations, but you shouldn’t have to send your survey team into the field for hours to clamber across stockpiles on a dangerous job site.

What if you could gather the same survey data in minutes from the safety of the ground, all while achieving higher accuracy and freeing up your survey team to focus on other high-priority projects? Sound too good to be true? Nope. Drones can help.

While you may be familiar with drone photography, drones are also a trusted tool for surveying and measurement. They eliminate many of the challenges companies face with traditional survey solutions. And drones paired with powerful photogrammetry software from DroneDeploy can help lower your data collection costs, increase accuracy, save you time, and keep your team out of harm’s way — all without having to hire an entire survey team or invest in expensive laser or lidar hardware.

“Everyone should be using drones for stockpile analysis. It’s miles ahead of standard surveying.” — Tecia White, President at Whitewater Hydrogeology Ltd.

Read the full case study

Over the last 4 years, our team has worked with thousands of customers measuring stockpiles with drones. In that time, we’ve learned the techniques that produce highly-accurate results that our customers expect from DroneDeploy.

In our latest eBook, we take a deep dive into the stockpile measurement workflow using DroneDeploy—covering best practices and answers to the most frequently asked questions from our customers.

Download the new eBook to learn:

  • The best practices for flying, processing, and analyzing stockpiles with DroneDeploy
  • How to get precise volume measurements and generate instant stockpile reports
  • How to achieve high degrees of measurement accuracy and why it matters
  • The most common app integrations for stockpile management used by DroneDeploy customers
  • How three innovative companies have used DroneDeploy’s stockpile measurement tools to cut costs, save time, and improve safety on their job sites

Where to Learn More

See why drones surveys of this aggregate quarry were Safer — and 20x faster — thanks to drones.

Accuracy is crucial for aerial surveys. some of our resources dive into the topic of accuracy and are worth a read:

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