Linework from Drone Data for Surveyors, Engineers, and Drone Companies


Recon Aerial provides professional-quality linework from drone data delivered in AutoCAD. Our clients use our AutoCAD exports mainly for planning purposes.

drafted line work from drone data delivered in autocad format For each project, we plan the autonomous drone flights, set up ground control points, and fly the site to capture the drone data. We then process the data using a standard drone photogrammetry process to produce an accurate geo-referenced orthoimage or a map of the site.

Once the map is produced and corrected using ground control we take this info and create a base layer of the site in AutoCAD with site features such as elevations, structures, setbacks, contours, etc.

Recon aerial produces linework from drone data for land development and civil engineering-related projects.


This simple answer to this question is time. The mapping flight required to capture data from a 10-acre site takes approximately 10-15 minutes. In total, a 10-acre project takes about 2 hours to complete on-site including collecting base station data and ground control points. autocad-exports-from-drone-data

In addition, the relative and absolute accuracy of the final product is very good. The last project we completed had an average error of was 5.7mm in XYZ. This means that the location of a given feature be it a manhole or the corner of a building on the exported CAD drawing is within 5.7mm of its actual location.

Having accurate drawings is crucial to taking measurements and planning site development activities.

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Linework from Drone Data for Residential Contruction

Recon Aerial conducted a drone mapping and surveying mission to assist an architectural firm in placing a home on a 10 acre, waterfront lot. Recon flew 3 flight missions at 170, 220, and 250 feet over 2.0 hrs taking approximately 800 images at various GSDs.

Traditionally, the architect/planner may need to visit the building site several times to ensure the proper placement of the dwelling in relation to setbacks, the elevation profile, property lines, sight-lines, access to the waterfront, and various other sites features, not so in this case.

Recon Aerial flew the property and provided our standard photogrammetric data package. The linework from drone data was used to create plan views and even section profiles to assist site development and planning.

The drone data was pivotal. It allowed the architect to fully understand the site details, place the home correctly in relation to the natural site features and meet their clients’ constraints in relation to the build and to the covenants held with the condominium purchase agreement.  In fact, additional planning in relation to a road was required given the substantial elevation changes discovered via the aerial drone survey.

Linework from Drone Data for Engineering and Civil Projects

Recon Aerial was tasked with conducting a drone flight operation to create a layered as-built drawing for an urban site.

The drawing was included a standard set of site features including, spot elevations, curbs, sidewalks, roads, paths, curbs, buildings, building heights, sewer grates, utility manholes, and more.

The mission was planned in autonomous software to fly 10 acres at 400 feet to capture the site. The team undertook the flight operation in approximately 30 minutes producing 155 images. While onsite the team took both base station data and ground control points to be used in data processing to correct the geo-referenced orthomosaic. The total time on site was approximately 1.5 hrs.

Following site activities, the data was processed producing a highly accurate layered  AutoCAD .dwg file, assets, and a .pdf file for delivery to the client. The project beginning to end was undertaken in about 7 days. If you would like to download a sample PDF please select HERE. If you would like more info on pricing or simple to get in touch we would love to answer your questions.

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Linework from Drone Data for Larger Scale Land Development

Another excellent opportunity to demonstrate the power of creating linework from drone data is found in a project that we completed at a remote site in Ontario.

Recon Aerial was tasked with mapping approximately 50 acres of virgin woodland in leaf-off conditions. The goal of the project was to create a .dwg and linework for upwards of 10 structures and multiple site features such as trails, roads, buildings, septics setbacks, highwater mark, etc. such that the client could submit planning documentation to the local municipality.

Recon Aerial used the Phantom 4 to collect an estimated 800 images over 1.5 hours, which were subsequently processed in photogrammetric software and duly annotated in AutoCAD.