A Higher Perspective On Drones at CSArch
Director of Marketing & Drone Pilot
The design process at CSArch is evolving with the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), or drones, as a tool for building condition surveys and site inspections. From analyzing existing conditions with 2D and 3D maps, to cinematic aerial images and video for marketing, drones provide CSArch with data-rich, visual building information through all stages of design.
To create an orthomosaic image, our drone is programmed to fly a pattern over a building, taking hundreds of photos that eventually get stitched together. The green line shows the flight pattern of our drone over the roof being evaluated.
The orthomosaic image above provides a detailed, real-time image of a roof for inspection. This image contains a lot of digital information and can be zoomed in to 0.5 inches per pixel to see intracate details of the condition of the roof.
The elevation layer above gives us a better representation of different heights of the roof. It also helps to provide better contrast to see rooftop equipment like air handling units and vents.
Because orthomosaic images do not have photo distortion, it can provide survery-grade accuracy for measurement of distances and areas of a roof.
At Pawling Central School District, I took an aerial photo of the empty field, and our designers used the drone photo to overlay a rendering of the new athletic field.
At Binghamton University, I captured an aerial image of the existing baseball stadium before construction. Our design team updated the photo with renderings of new bleachers, stadium and fieldhouse to visualize the final Baseball stadium.
At Utica College, I took an aerial image of the existing site where a new science building addition will be located. Our designers placed a rendering of the new building addition next to the current science building to illustrate how the addition will fit into the current campus landscape.