Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) surveys allow for the rapid collection of high-quality data at a range of scales and resolutions, setting it apart from other survey methods.

This speed and flexibility makes it an excellent choice for topographic surveys, archaeological aerial reconnaissance and recording buildings. Surveys can be very localised, or can capture an entire landscape. The images can be stitched together to create a single photographic dataset or used to produce a 3D photogrammetric model.


When a UAV Survey is required

We can identify previously unrecorded sites, determine the full extent of known archaeological sites and monitor the condition of buildings or monuments. We can also provide UAV-based LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) and multispectral surveys.

We can provide you with data in a range of formats or our in-house Graphics Team can use the dataset to create visually stunning 3D models, video, still and orthographic images.


Advantages of a UAV Survey

  • Very high data resolution makes subtle landscape features more visible.
  • Where monuments or buildings are not easily accessible or visible using traditional methods, the UAV survey allows for precise recording of the structure.
  • UAV surveys are also invaluable for the rapid surveying of archaeological excavations, volume calculations and condition monitoring.


High-specification equipment

Wessex Archaeology use a range of high-specification equipment and will select the best UAV and camera to meet your project needs. All of our flights are undertaken by qualified individuals in accordance with Civil Aviation Authority regulations.

Damien Campbell-Bell

How can we help?

Contact Damien Campbell-Bell, Geomatics & BIM Manager