Can You Afford To Use LIDAR Mapping? Can You Afford Not To?
If you’re wondering whether or not to use LIDAR mapping on your next project, the short answer is “You probably already know you need it” … but how much will you need to pay to get LIDAR mapping?
The broader integration of lightweight LIDAR sensors into commercial drones has made LIDAR mapping a whole lot more affordable. But costs are still often “a piece of string” because there are just so many variables in the equation, like precision level, outputs required, size of area to be mapped, type of terrain, remoteness and more.
As a general rule, we advise our clients to budget for LIDAR mapping at $2500 per day. The actual cost may vary up and down a bit from there, but it’s a good rule of thumb to start considering affordability and value.
The recent availability of DJI’s own L1 LIDAR sensor may drive this rate down at first, but it will quickly (and sadly painfully) become clear that the type of operators who are buying the L1 sensor are almost certainly not the types of operators you want to be relying on for engineering, survey and similar standard data.
The technology (Livox Avia) on which the L1 is based is widely used by commercial drone service providers, but the way DJI has chosen to deploy the technology, at the lowest cost possible, has lead to too many compromises that will have the potential to lead to reduce the quality of the results, in ways you just can’t afford. It’s a great sensor for learning what LIDAR can do, but we don’t see it as a commercially reliable sensor at this point.
We’re more than happy to discuss the costs and cost factors associated with LIDAR mapping and to provide fast, no-obligation estimates for specific LIDAR mapping projects. Just give Tony a call on 07 3103 0566 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with some details of your project and how you think you might want to use the LIDAR data.
Check out our Aerial LIDAR Mapping Service and Drone LIDAR Mapping for Surveyors and Engineers pages to find out more about how Queensland Drones is deploying and delivering fast, accurate LIDAR mapping using drones.