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Generating Free Topographic Surveys with Drone LiDAR Data: ROCK Cloud's ROCK 50 Plan

ROCK 50 Plan - Generating Topographic Surveys
ROCK 50 Plan - Generating Topographic Surveys

Processing LiDAR Projects with the ROCK 50 Plan

ROCK Cloud introduces the ROCK 50 Plan, a robust solution tailored for processing drone LiDAR data, offering exceptional value for both small and expansive surveying endeavors. Users benefit from FREE processing for an unlimited number of projects up to 50 acres each. This complimentary service includes Ground Classification, Surface Models, Digital Elevation Models, Contours, and a Ground Control Point Accuracy Report — all essential elements for a comprehensive topographic survey. This plan is an optimal choice for those looking to process LiDAR data without upfront costs.

The ROCK 50 Plan Detailed Overview
The ROCK 50 Plan Details

When project demands exceed the 50-acre limit, ROCK Cloud offers a seamless transition to a pay-as-you-go model, making it cost-effective for larger-scale projects at a rate of $2 per acre. This flexibility allows surveyors to scale their projects without the worry of exponential cost increases.

Adding to this, ROCK Processing Services provides extensive expertise for more complex demands. This premium option encompasses advanced classification, CAD and BIM services, and rigorous quality checks — all carried out by seasoned LiDAR specialists. With a starting rate of $2 per acre, it extends ROCK Cloud's capabilities to cater to specialized project needs.

What is a Topographic Survey?

Topographic surveys are crucial for capturing the layout of the land, detailing elevations and land features for engineering and planning purposes. To transform raw LiDAR data into a useful topographic survey, precise data processing is required.

Pictured Below: Dense Vegetation, Contours & Bare Earth Topos, Processed in the ROCK Cloud.

Uploading & Selecting Projections

ROCK Cloud - Selecting Projections

The initial step in processing drone LiDAR data involves uploading the raw data to ROCK Cloud. The platform allows users to select the appropriate projection for their data, ensuring accuracy in the subsequent processing steps.

Ground Control Points Integration

ROCK Cloud - GCP Integration

Following the upload, integrating ground control points (GCPs) into your project is essential for geospatial accuracy. ROCK Cloud’s tools facilitate the visualization and alignment of your dataset with these GCPs, providing the foundation for accurate data classification and modeling.

Classifying Ground Data with ROCK AI

ROCK Cloud - Classifying Ground

Classifying ground data is a critical step in LiDAR data processing. The ROCK Surveyor deliverable leverages ROCK AI to classify ground points accurately. The AI algorithm is designed to identify the most representative ground points, discarding outliers to create a reliable model of the terrain.

Generating TIN Surface Models & Contours

Upon completion of the classification process, ROCK Cloud generates a Triangulated Irregular Network (TIN) surface model and contours automatically. These outputs are essential for understanding the terrain's shape and for further engineering applications.

Editing & Verification Tools

Once the TIN model and contours are generated, users can employ ROCK Cloud's editing tools to verify data accuracy and make necessary adjustments. This step is crucial to ensure that the final topographic survey is free from errors and misclassifications.

Breaklines & Planimetrics: Enhancing Detail in Topographic Surveys

To further refine topographic surveys, incorporating Breaklines and Planimetrics is essential. Breaklines are linear features that represent changes in the terrain such as ridges, valleys, and edges of roads, greatly improving the accuracy of the digital terrain model. Planimetrics, on the other hand, detail the horizontal position of significant features on the Earth's surface, like buildings, roads, and vegetation, independent of elevation. These features are vital for detailed site planning and design works.

ROCK Cloud - Planimetrics (Orthomosaic)
ROCK Planimetrics (Orthomosaic)

ROCK Processing Services provides access to these advanced features, allowing for the creation of more complex and detailed topographic outputs. By ordering Planimetrics and Breaklines through the service, users can enhance their surface models with additional layers of data that provide a comprehensive understanding of the project area.

ROCK Processing Services: Expert LiDAR Processing Support

With ROCK Processing Services, users gain access to a team of LiDAR experts who are well-versed in the nuances of LiDAR data processing. This service is designed to extend the capabilities of the ROCK Cloud, offering personalized support and expertise to ensure the highest quality of LiDAR data deliverables.

Whether you are tackling a small-scale project or managing vast acreage, ROCK Processing Services tailors its offerings to meet your specific needs. The service covers everything from initial data quality control to the final delivery of processed data, ensuring that your project benefits from professional oversight at every stage.

By utilizing ROCK Processing Services, you can confidently navigate the complexities of LiDAR data processing and benefit from expert insights to expedite and enhance your deliverables. This service is an integral part of the comprehensive suite of tools provided by ROCK Robotic, aimed at empowering users to achieve the best possible results from their LiDAR data.


Ready to Transform Your Surveying Projects with ROCK Cloud's LiDAR Processing? Discover the ROCK 50 Plan!

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