3D Modelling & Photogrammetry

Scanair’s UAV experts use a combination of very high mega pixel camera’s and the latest GPS drone technology to not just create photogramemetric models which look good, but models that serve a real purpose to our customers. Our models our interactive, accurate, highly detailed and of high resolution, this combined with the Scanair drone cloud brings our 3D modelling and photogrammetry service forward as the clear market leader.

What is UAV Photogrammetry?

UAV Photogrammetry is the science of making measurements from photographs. The output of photogrammetry is typically a map, a drawing or 3D modelling of some real-world object or land mass.

Our Photogrammetric models are accurate to less than 2 cm with real life accuracies often less than 1 cm. As the models are essentially made up of photographs they also have highly detailed textures, unlike more expensive technologies such as LIDAR and laser scanning which produce similar accuracy but include none of the textured detail that photogrammetry produces .

UAV Photogrammetry uses

  • DEM / DTM / DSM (surface models)
  • Orthophoto’s (geospatially corrected aerial images)
  • 3D Building Models
  • Contour Maps
  • Planimetric features such as road edges and heights, signs, building footprints, etc.
  • 3D vegetation modelling
  • Volumetric Surveys

Sectors that significantly gain from using photogrammetry

  • Forestry Management and Planning
  • Flood Modelling
  • Pollution Modelling
  • Mapping and Cartography
  • Urban Planning
  • Coastline Management
  • Transport Planning
  • Oil and Gas Exploration
  • Quarries and Minerals (Volumetric’s and Exploration)
  • Archaeology
  • Cellular Network Planning

UAV Photogrammetry and BIM

There is no question about the future of Business Information Modelling (BIM). It is being introduced widely in many sectors throughout the UK and Ireland.

Photogrammetry and 3D modelling can be incorporated straight into BIM using applications such as Autodesk©. This produces highly detailed, highly accurate models straight in BIM. As we use our state of the art UAV/drone to capture all the data we don’t just get the sides of a building, we can get the roof too.

Photogrammetry is substantially quicker and cheaper than recreating models by person.

Scanair produce highly detailed models that can be incorporated into BIM

3D Modelling Benefits


UAV Modelling can be used in areas where conventional surveying or LIDAR just can't be used


Avoid high costs associated with traditional techniques and equipment.


Our UAV Drones can cover substantial areas in less time. Up to 8x faster than traditional methods while producing amazing, high quality results.


Our models can be accurate down to millimetres if required. Architects, engineers, game developers, planners etc. can use our UAV models in a wide range of tasks from measuring cracks in a building façade to integration into gaming engines such as Unity.

More Efficient

Using our online portal structures and maps can be revisited with just the click of the button. These can be shared quickly and easily with colleagues and clients saving needless visits to site's.


3D Models represent the state of the subject at a current point in time. This three dimensional photo realistic model can then be compared with future models to see real time differences.