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.


Maximize your solar farm staff and power output at peak efficiency.

Image capture of a large solar farm. Flyovers pinpoint hot spots, defective cells, or panels; geotagging the exact location.

SCS offers aerial thermal inspections at solar farms for maintenance needs and efficiency checks to maintain optimal solar energy output. Our FAA Part 107 licensed drone pilots perform the inspection using an Unmanned Aerial System (drone) with a high-resolution thermal camera capturing accurate, non-contact temperature measurements with calibrated temperature data embedded in every pixel.

Quickly and effortlessly, we identify faulty solar panels, combiner boxes, and other key solar field infrastructure elements in need of service. This timesaver helps to pinpoint the exact location with geotags making staff assignments and focusing diagnostics more efficient.






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.