Drone Services

SCS Engineers’ drones, flying with a variety of cameras and technology, are especially useful for recovering the positions of surface points quickly and efficiently, and they provide much more. Orthomosaic maps, for example, help operators or responders understand a specific situation they’ll be facing and prepare themselves accordingly. Detailed elevation models developed using digital surface model (DSM) and digital terrain models (DTM) illustrate elevations of the top of reflective surfaces accurately, such as facilities, infrastructure, landfills, and vegetation. These high-quality maps are practical for scientific, compliance, and commercial purposes such as water and liquids management modeling, O&M, troubleshooting, and due diligence support.

Drones with methane sensors can detect emissions in real-time, accurately identifying and measuring leaks; crews deploy to the exact location and stop leaks faster.


DSM, thermal and orthomosaic outputs captured and rendered with drone imagery.

SCS’s fleet of drones also called unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are operated by SCS federally licensed pilots. The combination of our technologies mounted on a drone produces photogrammetric and aerial photographic imagery offering site owners and operators the ability to take measurements from photographs. The benefits of drones are:

  • Real-time and more accurate air samples help determine and measure methane or greenhouse gas emissions
  • Digital surface modeling (DSM)  depicts elevations of reflective surfaces, such as facilities, infrastructure, landfill, and vegetation
  • High-quality orthomosaic maps, digital terrain models (DTM), and waste volumetrics provide valuable information for owners, managers, engineers, and operators
  • Surveys and inspections are much faster than when using a land vehicle
  • Labor costs can be lower, especially when regular site inspections are required over large and hard to navigate areas
  • Using drones instead of human labor is safer on dangerous or difficult to navigate sites.





Stable and safe, the DJI Matric 600 Pro carries multiple sensors, has a top speed of 40 MPH with retractable landing gear for clear 360-degree views.
The DJI Mavic Pro 2 is a great option with its retractable arms for tight spaces and longer flight times.
An integrated positioning system built into the DJI Phantom RTK provides the most accurate and compact mapping at low altitudes.