Drone mapping in development: SimActive’s Correlator 3D

Construction drone mapping can give construction companies the data they need to make profitable decisions.

Chasco Constructors started out as a four man business in Round Rock, TX. Today Chasco is an award-winning full-service construction company with over 300 employees. They use state-of-the-art technology, including drones and mapping, to oversee construction work on a site spanning more than 50 acres.

Chasco uses the Correlator3D product from SimActive Inc. Correlator 3D is mapping and processing software that can use aerial images from satellites, manned aircraft, or drones. The same sophisticated processing can be used to depict a construction site or an entire country.

This project was carried out by the Virtual Design Construction (VDC) group for Round Rock Public Safety. “With the SimActive software, Chasco has mapped and modeled the location from the first classification to the final landscaping in every step,” says a press release from SimActive. “During the entire design process, the site was flown with drones every two weeks over a period of one year.”

“Drones are a real game changer as they allow us to quickly create accurate, high-resolution maps, reports and 3D models for instant analysis,” said Michael Lambert, VDC manager at Chasco. “SimActive was our choice to process these imagery sets because of the efficient design surface and the speed at which they can be processed.”

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