SUMO Aerial Surveys

The widespread use of laser scanning for surveying the built environment has made a significant step in surveying those otherwise hard to reach areas.


Yet there are still areas that remain inaccessible. For example confined roofs and high buildings without the use of costly scaffolding and elevating work platforms, as well as large landscapes.

SUMO Aerial Surveys use the latest technology including Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), as well as mobile telescopic masts and piloted aircraft to survey areas which may be impractical or costly to survey with conventional technology. The advantages of aerial surveys include:

• Reduced costs

• Increased reaction time

• The best value solutions when combined with the flexibility of conventional methods.

Our aerial services include environmental, conservation and heritage surveys, commercial, industrial and structural inspection, with outputs of photography, photogrammetry and video. 
Typical applications of the type of the work that we conduct:

  • Earthwork Survey. LiDAR equivalent output increasing resolution to between 1 - 5cm (LiDAR is typically 1m to 2m, or 25cm at best if available).

  • Historic Building Recording. Photogrammetric survey of historic structures, producing 3D models, elevation orthophotographs (rectified photography) and 2D stone by stone detailed line drawings.

  • Roof Inspection. Photographic, photogrammetric and/or video inspections of roofs and inaccessible areas of structures, eliminating the costs of scaffolding or risk to personnel working at height.

  • Topographic Survey. Digital terrain models, digital surface models orthorectified (orthophotos) mapping of large areas.

  • Broadcast quality filming and video production with amazing birds eye views.

  • Stripped Area Survey. Record detail of features in photo textured mapping of large areas, rapidly, resolution 3cm - 5cm.

The aerial survey operation arm of SUMO is run in partnership with Adam Stanford of Aerial-Cam Ltd. He is a specialist aerial photographer with over 30 years’ experience in land and property aerial surveys around the world. Adam has CAA Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO) and is able to obtain the correct permissions to ensure our surveys are commissioned safely, rapidly and legally.


View our case studies using Aerial Survey Services...


Hampstead Parish Church (APR Services Project)

Eastham Bridge Replacement