Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

Drone Mapping Technology

CompassData is the first in the world to receive certification for verification of data sets used to create Airport Moving Map data. FAA has granted only six LOAs (Letters of Acceptance) in the Denver ACO Region and only 24 globally. DO-200A standards were developed by the FAA to assure the quality of data used in the preparation of aeronautical mapping, navigation, and situational awareness products and systems. Prior to certification, CompassData completed a rigorous examination procedure in which FAA reviewed every step in the firm’s methodologies for collecting, processing and managing GNSS-surveyed ground control. This examination is necessary to ensure the data is accurate, timely, complete, and traceable.

What imagery collection mechanism can be scheduled independent of cloud cover, at a fraction of the cost of contracting an aerial survey, at resolutions tens of times more detailed than satellite images, and with custom collection areas editable by you, the customer, up to minutes before flight time?

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or drones

CompassData is ready to provide this cost-efficient imagery solution. We have certified remote pilots ready to fly a state of the art UAS (under current regulations) for your custom high-res imagery needs. Imagery collected will be very detailed and as accurate as needed (through orthorectification and use of GCPs). The “sky’s the limit” with potential applications: volumetric mapping, utility corridor mapping, crop analysis, terrain modeling, mine mapping (see video below), tree height calculations, disaster relief, wildfire monitoring, border patrol, livestock management, change detection, wildlife management and ranch mapping to mention a few.

For example, what if you were a rancher near Calgary, Alberta, Canada who needed to prepare for spring flooding? As part of the pilot training, CompassData flew the Trimble UX5 drone for fifteen minutes on a snowy March day (before the spring melt) and gathered the high resolution images shown in the final ortho mosaic (shown below), note the piloting crew’s vehicles in the close up.

Once the imagery was on the ground, our staff created a Digital Surface Model and used it to create the ortho mosaic – all within a day! Unlike traditional DEM creation requiring stereo pairs from aerial or satellite sensors, a UAS uses extensive mono image overlap to generate the elevation points. Imagine how valuable this quick turnaround could be in scenarios of natural disaster or other events posing public safety concerns.

DSM – Digital Surface Model of ranch in Alberta, Canada. Note the risk posed by flooding to the structures located closer to the stream. Also, note the low elevation of the road on the left side of the model.

UAS Mapping & Inspection: An Agile and High-Performance Solution

Implement detailed and optimized decision-making from exploration to industry logistic delivery.​ Implement mapping and derivative analyses for all stages of projecting, planning, and deploying projects for Oil & Gas, Telecommunication, Construction, Transportation, Agriculture, Mining, Public Works and several other Industries.


  • Instant inspection of the ongoing operation​
  • Safety & risks recognition for team and asset mobilization​
  • Assets inspection agility​
  • Environment limits and dynamic recognitions​
  • Route/local logistic economy & remote inspections, optimized through real-time visualization​
  • 2D and 3D mapping and measurements produced with high performance​
  • Volumetric calculation​
  • Inventory calculation: safer and faster

Accuracy Matters


Ensure the accuracy of your operation data, optimize planning and implementation with rigorous mapping, and deploy maximum efficiency and outcomes of each individual portion of your activities on the field. ​

Provide your engineering team with powerful modeling and analytics, mapping resources to improve efficiency in daily field actions. Automate specialized field inspection with safer workflows to recognize all productivity KPI’s. ​

Have all variables of your licensing, regulatory compliance and safety requirements through excellent mapping and analytic procedures, using UAS.

Pixel Resolution

If your pixel resolution needs are more in the range of 1 to .5 meters, CompassData is also an authorized DigitalGlobe image reseller.

CompassData’s sister company, CompassDrone leverages its 25 years experience and industry knowledge to provide complete drone solutions. CompassDrone supports their customers though the process of setting up a drone program in their organization. CompassDrone also provides training to get certified as well as software and services. Learn more…

Learn more about commercial UAS/UAV aerial survey services offered by CompassData