Ninyo & Moore Geotechnical and Environmental Sciences Consultants.

Ninyo & Moore provides geotechnical engineering, engineering geology, geophysics, hydrogeology, soil and materials testing, and environmental services.
3202 East Harbour Drive Phoenix, AZ
Phone: 602.243.1600

Drone Services – UAS

Ninyo & Moore offers drone inspection and mapping services to complement the extensive range of geotechnical and environmental services we provide for our clients.  Drones have revolutionized the construction, geotechnical, and environmental industries in numerous ways.  Photogrammetry, the science of making measurements from photographs, has become the industry standard for mapping and monitoring project sites.  Our drones offer mapping and project site monitoring for a fraction of the time and cost of typical survey methods. Stockpile volume calculations, cut/fill analysis, and topographic mapping can be done from the air, often covering much larger areas than a typical ground-based laser survey can easily handle.  Drones are also being used for inspections of hazardous conditions and materials, and for assessing structures aerially, which removes the risk of placing workers in high risk situations. Drones can be flown around tall structures or across vast areas for inspection, which offers live views as well as high resolution imagery for further analysis. The ability of drones to offer real-time updates of project conditions and monitoring of onsite assets is truly unmatched.  Your entire project team, including those in distant locations, can be provided up-to-date information which saves time and money on site visits.



Our Drone capabilities include: 

  • Document site conditions with High Definition aerial imagery and UHD 4K video
  • Investigate large, inaccessible, or hazardous project areas with live video feed and HD photographs
  • Offer before, during, and after representation during scope of project
  • View elevation maps, 3D models, and HD imagery easily using shareable internet links
  • Combine aerial imagery of the entire site as a spatially referenced geoTiff
  • Provide stockpile and cut/fill volumetric calculations during project monitoring
  • Generate profiles and topographic map products for use in ArcGIS, CAD, and more
  • Create 3D attribute-based Point Cloud models in LiDAR-native LAS and XYZ data formats
  • Generate Digital Terrain Models (DTM) and Digital Elevation Models (DEM) for advanced analysis
  • Provide survey-grade (+/- 1-2cm) topographic surveys (with advanced services) to supplement your quality control or civil engineer’s plans

Standards and Regulations

While drones represent an exciting new development for inspections and analysis, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulates the underlying technology to ensure the safety of the airways. Ninyo & Moore performs drone services in compliance with all FAA regulations regarding their commercial use. Our drone pilots are licensed and certified by the FAA, under Commercial UAS Part 107, and all our drone services are insured by the company with 2M liability coverage.


Additional specialized drone services are available.  Contact us for further information.


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