5 AWESOME Ways To Make Money With Drone Photogrammetry
Some of them may seem pretty conventional, pretty standard stuff, but check out this 3d model. Someone built using a drone and photogrammetry thats being used in video games so lets dive straight into this video Music. Hey guys, my name is dylan gorman. Welcome back to another video about drone photogrammetry. As ive said in past videos, ive been a commercial pilot for over nine years and over the last three years i have been doing drone photogrammetry for all kinds of clients, all kinds of projects. So i figure instead of the typical 2d ortho mosaics that i always talk about for deliverables for whatever industry that you may be going into. I figure i make a video about some of the unconventional ways that people are using drone photogrammetry to make money coming in at number one, as i have mentioned multiple times in some of my other videos, i love to do progress updates, especially when im mentoring, new Pilots in the industry – this is one of the easiest concepts to understand when doing drone photogrammetry on property. Now most people dont understand is that you can also do a three dimensional photogrammetry model of a property or progress update that is being built now whats great about having a three dimensional model is well now you get the vertical view of the properties. This is great for property developers. This is great for potential tenants, property managers, even property owners, now quick little disclaimer, never ever ever call your drone map or drone mission, a drone survey unless youre a licensed surveyor.
This is a big, no no in the industry as its just a really easy way to get in trouble, uh from surveyors easy get sued from them, so theres two ways to go about it, one. I typically just call these reference models again. I am not a licensed surveyor myself, so, when im going out and pitching, i always just tell them that hey im going to do a drone map of a progress update of your property theyre, not drone surveys, so theyre not fully accurate models. This is more for reference, so you can see whats going on on the property now. One way that i have gotten around this is, i will work with a surveyor on the property and tie their control points. Uh ground control points, gcps ive got a whole series coming out about gcps and with mapping so be on the lookout. For that with that being said, i will work with a surveyor to tie that data in with my drone map. That way, i can call it a drone survey after they give me the check mark for delivery, one of the main reasons why it is so easy to sell this type of drone photogrammetry to property managers or developers or whoever is involved in the mix of progress Updates on properties, its just easy for all parties to get eyes on the property without having to physically, be there all the time, whether you do it a daily flight or you do multiple flights in a week or bi, weekly or monthly.
It gives the client the option to have whatever kind of cadence they want on site that way they are always most up to date, with whats going on on the proper. Now you dont necessarily need to use the software that i use. I use drone deploy its just the standard one that ive been using for the last three years, but theres other softwares out there, such as web odm, pix4d reality captures theres several other softwares out there that are able to produce three dimensional models so that you can Present to the clients i just like drone deploy, because it is an easy all in the cloud solution that anybody can access coming in at number. Two is capturing volume metrics for literally anything if youve ever been to one of those commercial mulch facilities or place. That has a bunch of gravel, they have a ton of volume of material and that material needs to be tracked same thing with on the progress updates for number one. This is another way that you can sell an additional service for your drone, photogrametry again theres two ways to do it. You have your reference model where, if a client just wants to have a general idea of what the volume of whether its dirt or gravel or whatever material, it could be theres even other ways of of calculating material too. One of the examples that i had recently in the past was a client wanting to know the volume of power line poles after a hurricane had come through.
They wanted to know the stockpile of powerline poles that they had there now in order to do that, it takes a little bit of math and understanding of how many powerline poles fits into the volume of whatever youre scanning, but they just wanted a general reference so That they can understand. Okay, how many do we have? How many do we need to order so that we can get these power lines back up and running? So with that being said, that is more. The reference model that youre able to provide now the highly accurate model which can be used with rtk, drones or a ppk process. And this is also where you tie in gcp, so that you can get your centimeter accurate maps so that when you run your volumetric model, whether its through drone deploy or one of those other softwares that allows you to pull volumetric models from it. With the use of ai, it is highly accurate and could even be as accurate to a thousandth of a degree reason why. I say that you can sell this as a service outside of just doing typical progress updates on a site as well progress. Update can just be a progress update, but if theyre, actually tracking material on site thats a whole thats a whole other ball game coming in at number, three is tax assessment. Now this may sound a little odd to you of why. Why would drone photogrammetry even matter in this instance, well taking a little step back in time in order to do tax assessment on properties? What they used to do is they would literally have somebody flying a plane, look out the window and tell you if theres a building there or, if theres, a telecommunication tower there or whatever theres.
So many different factors that come into play when doing tax assessment and relying on somebody flying in a plane and writing pen and paper on a notebook of what they saw versus what they didnt see is not really reliable and you cant justify that. But thats really. How theyve been doing it for a very long time it wasnt until about four or five years ago, when people started flying heavy rigged, drones or even fixed wing planes with a camera on the bottom, or even someone just shooting some photos out the side of it? That tax assessment started to get more advanced now with drones and the ability to map out a quick, 150 acres in you know a few hours tax assessment is now starting to become a big thing in the drone industry, with insurance companies and pilots being able to Infiltrate that market, as these insurance agents dont, want to pay somebody to fly in a plane, an hourly rate. They can just go and pay the pilot per site or per acre or whatever they want to do, and its a whole lot more cost effective. For these insurance companies to do that, as opposed to sending a multi million dollar plane and paying somebody 250 plus an hour just to take photos that, at the end of the day, theyre gon na have to look at it in a dropbox. So with drone photogrammetry and all of these cloud access tools that were able to see these models and create annotations and even put it into an arcgis model, tax assessment is definitely one of those interesting ways in how drone photogrammetry is changing the industry coming in at Number four is: this is very similar to number one of doing the progress updates where were doing the 3d mapping with the cross hatching of drone photogrammetry.
This gets really interesting. As recently, microsoft invested over 70 billion dollars into the metaverse, with the ability to create point cloud models of properties of a full vertical asset of the property. People are starting it very creative in implementing drones into the metaverse. Now you may be thinking. Why does this matter? Well, i dont know if you guys have heard any of the crazy stories of people spending thousands, if not hundreds of thousands and in some cases, millions of dollars on virtual real estate. I know its weird. I dont get it, but theres people spending a ton of money on it and it is growing at a very fast rate, with that digital real estate, well theyre literally buying pixelated land, its it doesnt exist its in a digital world. So what i have recently seen is people going out in the real world with the use of drone deploy and some of the other softwares. They create a simulated point cloud where its not using lasers, to create the point cloud, its more so just using the orthomosaic and all of that metadata from the drone and the camera to create that 3d model. Where, when you export it as an lis, which is a point cloud format, now you have a virtual model that you can put into revit, or you can put it to some of these other programs. I know theres a few free ones out there, where you can convert these obj files into a point cloud.
You can then basically sell those assets on an nft marketplace. Its still kind of weird and im still trying to understand it, but it is an awesome way to make money off of and ive seen. People make a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars off of just selling virtual real estate. Now, keep in mind that copyright laws still kind of fall into effect, so you cant just go skin disneyland and go and sell that as an nft. So just so just keep that in mind, and you know, dont do anything that i wouldnt do and number five is creating digital assets for the video game. World sounds kind of similar to creating the metaverse, its literally the same exact process, except this ones a little bit more interesting now, theres something you got to check out for this. He is probably one of the coolest guys on youtube. Thats teaching a lot about this specific capture use case for drone photogrammetry its, not necessarily just your own photogrammetry. You can incorporate some other photogrammetry techniques with using digital cameras and other kinds of cameras, but basically william felcher hes. By far, you guys got to check him out, but basically youre able to take drone photogrammetry from the real world of whatever kind of model you want, and you dont necessarily need to use an automated flight software to do it. You can hand fly and capture really intricate details of buildings, of trees, of rocks or mountains or whatever you want take these photos put into a software called reality capture clean it up a bit spit it out and essentially create a digital asset for a video game.
Now, one of the reasons why this is pretty important is well this video game engine that you can put it into is called unreal engine 5 unreal engine 5 has had some incredible leaps and bounds in the video game engine industry reason i say that is well Theres, actually, a program called twin motion that i have used quite a bit in the past, where i work with architects ill. Take their bim models. I take their architect. Files put it into twin motion and twin motion. Just runs off of unreal engine 4.. I dont know if they put it to unreal engine 5.. This game engine is hyper, realistic and its being used in the film industry right now, theres a company in my hometown tampa called the vu studios. Theyre doing some absolutely incredible work where theyre using unreal engine 5 broadcasting onto an led screen with these virtual environments that are not real at all, but theyre, taken from the real world just being manipulated, and essentially they can place people in front of these screens and Make it look like theyre in these environments, whether theyre in the arctic tundra or theyre in the desert, where, if you dont, know much about tampa, none of those things exist. People are using drone photogrammetry to create these kinds of assets, to sell to filmmakers and people alike. Even video game artists that dont want to go out and model these by hand we can take a real world object, scan it with a drone, throw it into capturing reality, spit out a model and sell it on the unreal engine marketplace ive seen items sell as Low as a few dollars to a few hundred dollars and people are putting them in video games to me, this is kind of like when people were telling you can get rich off of uploading.
Your unused drone photos or stock photos to one of those stock photo websites and just make money. In the background. I think this is one of the early waves that you can kind of jump into as not many people are doing it and not many people understand how to do it. So again, i would check out william foutch hes a phenomenal creator here on youtube, who does very in depth explanations of how to do that exact process. I know this was a little bit of a shorter video than usual ive been driving to arizona over the last few days. Really havent had much sleep, but i am working on some pretty cool videos. Additionally, i am working on a master course to photogrammetry, basically im condensing the last three plus years of my experience. Doing photogrammetry and teaching up the entire process, its gon na, go more in depth than what ive put here on youtube: everything from software to the cameras to the drones, to deliverables, how to get clients and even a pricing sheet that im going to be, including in There for free, so if you do want to learn more about this course when its launching how much its going to cost and additionally, what else is included in the course be sure to check the link down in the description to get notified of when that course Goes live which will be on my pilot bite website, which is a resource for pilots, whether youre new, an expert or just want to find out some new things in the industry be sure to check out pilotbyte.