Hi there, I hope I’m not posting in the wrong section.
I am researching whether the investment into LiDAR drone technology would be feasible and I just wanted to hear from some of you guys who have made the jump.
Have you added it to an existing business (traditional surveying/inspections incorporating LiDAR drone tech) or have any of you invested and started a business?
I am a site engineer (here in the UK) and I have traditionally been involved during the construction process only to do the setting out (using GPS and robotic total stations) but recently I have been approached to take on more land/topo surveys.
My main concern would be that I just could not justify the investment (I would need a new drone & LiDAR setup) and whilst I have not really done much pricing yet I feel that it could be very costly.
I was just wondering if anyone else had recently made the investment could share their experience in terms of real world benefits (i.e. do you charge more, how much time does it actually save, what way did you finance and how long you project to pay it off).
Maybe I am asking too much but as I say, I am doing research into this as not only do I believe that new drone technology could allow for faster workflows and enable me to make some money but I am also fascinated by it all.
Any help whatsoever would be greatly appreciated.