The smoke stack at Gold Hill Mesa is a long standing landmark from the days of the Golden Cycle Mill. It’s also one of our favorite things to photograph from the air. The area will eventually be developed for commercial use but the plan is to keep the historic stack in place. This property is a perfect example how we put our drones to work to provide all the services we offer. We’ve flow the site multiple times for inspections, data collection, as-built documentation, property perspective, and work progression. When the project is completed, the information we have gathered will be a great addition to the developer’s portfolio. It will also provide the ability to look back in time and visit the site as it was when the data was gathered thanks to the orthomosaic mapping and 3D modeling. This can be critical information to have if a lawsuit arises or claims are made that evidence can address. Not only is this important for the developer, it is important to all the contractors that worked on the project.

The data below was gathered on January 24, 2016. The smoke stack lacks detail at the top in the 3D model because our focus was the terrain. We can improve the detail in the stack by adjusting the way we fly the site. The information we provide is always based on the needs of our clients.

Orthomosaic Mapping

Digital Terrain Model – This is a great tool to show drainage patterns.

Take a spin in the 3D example below. Once the play button is pushed, icons will appear in the lower right corner of the screen. These options will help you use some of the tools available to get more insight on the model. Use the Viewer Mode icon to help navigate the model. It the “First Person” mode, use the “W”, “A”, “S”, and “D” keys on your keyboard to zoom in and out and move left and right. Use the mouse to look around. The mouse wheel will help zoom in and out in the “Orbit” mode. For more help, use the icon in the lower left corner of the viewing area.