Terra Drone Indonesia demonstrates aerial LiDAR survey benefits to construction companies

May 22, 2019

Terra Drone Indonesia has successfully completed aerial LiDAR survey and mapping pilot projects for two major construction companies in Indonesia


Terra Drone Indonesia aerial LiDAR survey for construction projects
Team Terra Drone Indonesia

West Java, Indonesia, May 22, 2019 –Terra Drone Indonesia, a group company of Terra Drone Corporation, one of the world’s largest providers of industrial drone solutions, has successfully completed two pilot projects that demonstrate how construction companies can benefit from drone surveying and mapping services. Using drones equipped with Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology, Terra Drone Indonesia has carried out survey-grade topographic mapping for two different dam construction projects in the country.

Project 1: Bogor, West Java, Indonesia

In Bogor, the LiDAR drone technology was demonstrated to Wijaya Karya (Persero) Tbk, a construction engineering company working on a dam project in Megamendung. Covering an area of almost 20 hectares in a single day, Terra Drone Indonesia captured high-resolution data and images to generate an accurate topographic map and 3D model of the construction site. The data and images can now support decision-making in project controlling activities such as planning or measuring the work progress.

Terra Drone Indonesia aerial LiDAR survey for construction projects
Terra LiDAR drone being prepared for flight

Project 2: Purworejo District, Central Java, Indonesia

In Purworejo, the survey activity was conducted for PT PP (Persero) Tbk, one of the main players in the national construction business in Indonesia. Over a period of 4 days, Terra Drone Indonesia carried out aerial LiDAR topographic mapping for a dam construction project in an area with dense vegetation to capture data and images for facilitating impeccable construction progress.

Terra Drone Indonesia aerial LiDAR survey for construction projects
Drones make surveying easy in dense forests

Advantages of aerial LiDAR survey in construction

In Indonesia, the sites of dam constructions are usually in watersheds or hilly areas. The slope of the terrain also varies greatly and the steep, rocky areas make direct terrestrial measurements difficult. Often, there are dense plantations and forests around the construction sites to make manual surveying extremely time-consuming and prone to errors. However, precise knowledge of the conditions and vegetation in the area around the construction site as well as information about the land surface is essential to determine the materials needed and to plan for the cut and fill activity, etc.
Using drones for aerial LiDAR surveys allows construction companies to obtain the information they require quickly and accurately, and enables them to adhere to their development plans. LiDAR drones can easily survey areas that are difficult to access for humans and simplify the process of construction project monitoring. The resulting data is beneficial for identifying any discrepancies between the initial plans and ground situations, empowering construction companies to control all aspects of the construction progress development.

Other application areas for aerial LiDAR survey

Terra LiDAR, one of the latest drone innovations by Terra Drone Corporation, provides highly-detailed and accurate results at a cost which is two to three times cheaper than other similar technologies in the market. Besides construction, this technology can also be applied to activities in other sectors such as mining, oil and gas, plantations, and utilities.


About Terra Drone Corporation
Terra Drone Corporation is the world’s leading provider of industrial drone solutions established in 2016. The company’s head office is located in Tokyo, Japan, with more than 25 branches globally throughout APAC, the European Union, Africa, and South America. Terra Drone provides innovative drone technologies empowered with LiDAR and photogrammetric surveying methods for construction, electricity, mining, energy, and oil and gas sectors. Terra Drone specializes in high-performance hardware, cutting-edge software, and service and drone management systems (UTM).
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