Routescene UAV LiDAR Systems

Routescene UAV LiDAR system flying

UAV LiDAR mapping systems for drones

Choosing the right LiDAR mapping solution can be difficult – some products may require a wealth of technical knowledge just to get started and others may bundle in a lot of technology that you just don’t need.

Routescene offers a full hardware and software suite plus a range of options to meet different performance and price requirements. Our team of experts can help you choose the right solution for your application.

At Routescene we are renowned for our high calibre system design, manufacture and service delivery. You’ll also have access to our world-class customer support and training to help you get the most out of your system.

What is included with the Routescene UAV LiDAR system?

The Routescene drone LiDAR mapping solution includes all necessary hardware, data processing software, QA software, and extensive training and support packages.
Hardware suite
Data processing software
Workflows
A turnkey solution with configurations to meet diverse specifications and budgets.Routescene’s LiDAR post processing software delivers the tools and workflow so you can generate valuable results easily and proficiently.
Embedded across survey planning data capture and data processing, our workflows improve productivity.
Quality Assurance
Training and Support
UAV integration
Our QA/QC process spans both the acquisition and processing of your LiDAR data to ensure you gain the best results possible.
Achieve optimal results and quickly with comprehensive training, online resources and responsive technical support.
Our systems are UAV agnostic. We provide a complete mounting solution for multi rotor drones including mechanical, electrical and heading integration.

System configurations

The Routescene LidarPod can be configured to suit your performance and price requirements. To help you choose the best system for your needs, the table below outlines the suitable applications and key features for each option.
RS1
RS2
RS3
RS4
BenefitLowest cost
High Accuracy
High Altitude
LiDAR sensor made in the USA
High Altitude
High Accuracy
Lowest weight
Robust
Proven technology
LiDAR sensor made in the USA
ApplicationsSites / forests with low – medium height vegetation
Survey and mapping
Mobile mapping
Powerline survey
Vegetation management
Archaeology
Mining
Sites requiring flying at a higher altitude e.g.
- forests with 30-40m trees
- steep slopes
- undulating terrain
Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS)
Sites requiring flying at a higher altitude e.g.
- forests with 30-40m trees
- steep slopes
- undulating terrain
Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS)
Sites / forests with low – medium height vegetation
Survey and mapping
Mobile mapping
Powerline survey
Vegetation management
Archaeology
Mining
Recommended flying altitude (m)6012012060
LiDAR range accuracy
Accuracy of the overall system
Default INS sensorMapping grade (with option to upgrade to Survey grade)Survey gradeSurvey gradeMapping grade (with option to upgrade to Survey grade)
Dual headingIncludedIncludedIncludedIncluded
RTK receiver in Ground StationOptionalOptionalOptionalOptional
Resolution
Lightest weight
Price$$$$$+$$$

View the detailed Product technical specifications.

What drone LiDAR mapping system do I need?

Choosing the right system is critical as it will ensure you collect the quality of data your project needs and in the most efficient and effective manner possible. Follow the guide below to identify the best system for you:

1. Determine your application

UAV LiDAR is particularly suitable for surveying sites covered by woodland, shrubs and plants, especially when you need to penetrate through the vegetation to achieve a Digital Terrain Model (DTM); or to overcome difficult terrain or hazardous locations such as landslides.

Your application will inform the data accuracy, data resolution and flying height you need. These factors help you decide which hardware option you require.

2. Establish what your deliverables are

Examples of deliverables to your end client are digital products such as a Digital Terrain Model (DTM) or Digital Surface Model (DSM); contour maps; a list of features or assets to inform management plans; and forest mensuration reports to inform carbon credit or harvesting. As part of these deliverables you will need to confirm the data density, positional accuracy and coordinate system of the dataset.

Establishing your deliverables will help you decide what tools you require in the post processing software to analyze and process the data.

3. What is the maximum height of objects that you need to survey?

This factor determines the LiDAR scanner that is most suitable: the maximum range of a scanner indicates how far away it can detect objects. Surveying very tall trees for example means you have to fly much higher to avoid the tallest tree and thus you will need a scanner with a longer range.

4. What is the absolute accuracy that you need to achieve?

Once you have established this factor you should review the range accuracy of the LiDAR scanner in each UAV LiDAR system option to establish which ones will give you the accuracy you need. In addition, you need to review the angular accuracy of the two GNSS/INS sensor that are available as options. The GNSS/INS sensor has an angular error, so the further away your object is from the sensor the less accurate the overall accuracy will be. To fully understand what accuracy means, have a read of the following article: UAV LiDAR accuracy.

5. Do the areas you intend to survey have high vegetation?

Again this factor determines the LiDAR scanner options that are suitable for your UAV LiDAR system. For each scanner option review the number of lasers, the Field of View, the number of points / second and the number of returns. All these attributes, plus flying altitude and speed, impact the number of hits you will get from the ground.

6. Do you have a UAV that you will be using for LiDAR?

If yes, what is the endurance, flying speed and payload capability? The endurance of the UAV will dictate the size of the area you can fly in one mission and it directly impacts the efficiency of the project. Read this article to find out more.

7. Is the data you will collect classified or sensitive?

Are you a Government Agency, or are you surveying critical infrastructure, and need to ensure your data is not processed by a third party in the cloud? This will inform the software platform (Desktop or web) that you should use to post process your data.

The benefits of Routescene’s UAV LiDAR systems