Wide Horizons were instructed by a major private sector company to assist them in providing detailed imagery and 3D visualisation modelling of a potential development site adjoining the already 11 acres of industrial premises. The proposed development site was located on a substantial gradient, resulting in the need for a realistic visualisation to be provided to present to interested parties and stakeholders. The site was completely unmanaged and so was overgrown with vegetation, making a ground-based survey difficult and in some areas not viable at all. The client was also in need of an elevated high-quality image portfolio of the land to include within the upcoming planning application.


The project was firstly split into two micro projects. The first was to the plan and capture the imagery required for the client's proposed planning application. The Wide Horizons team began by liaising with the local council to ensure safe access and operation were possible during the survey. The team then worked closely with nearby businesses to ensure that they were aware of the project and the nature of what was involved in an aerial survey.

Once complete, Wide Horizons then planned an efficient and safe flight plan to ensure all areas of the site were captured for the photography portfolio section of the project. The project was completed in the early hours of the morning to ensure minimal disruption to the existing site and nearby businesses.

The second micro project was initiated previous to arriving on site, the flight plan was planned using mapping software and then uploaded to the drone ready for when the team arrived on site. Once set up, the flight plan was confirmed and then once all safety checks were completed the drone was launched. Once airborne, the platform captured multiple images covering the entire development site which once uploaded would be generated into the 3D visualisation model to be issued to the client.


The result of the project was a highly detailed photographic portfolio of the proposed development site which was then included in the final planning submission. Further to this, the client was able to utilise a fully interactive 3D model to present, explain and promote the new development site to their interested stakeholders. The model also provided an accurate platform to extract measurements for potential building areas and understand and evaluate the existing topography of the land.

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