RICS: UAV applications and compliance for surveyors

In recent years, UAV’s and their uses within the surveying market place has grown significantly. With this growth, the RICS has invested time and resource into undertaking thew UAV industry and how it cab benefit its members. This insight paper discusses the opportunities, rapidly developing applications and compliance challenges of using drones in a surveying environment, particularly in light of recent high-profile cases of misuse.

The Document has been developed with industry experts involvement as well as surveying professionals and end users. It includes a full scope of topics including types of UAV’s available, what sensors can undertake what tasks and the regulations which operators and surveyors must adhere too.

The document has been issued as a downloadable PDF available not he RICS website, a link of which is below. Further information about the contents of the document can be found on the right hand column of this  post.




The rapid development of drones has led to a significant increase in their use for surveying applications, including mapping, building surveying and land and agriculture management. Businesses are increasingly assessing the potential impact drone technology can have on their professional practice and speculating on how they can develop their own drone strategies.

This insight paper also includes in-depth sections on:

  • a rapidly evolving national and international drone industry
  • opportunities and challenges for drone users
  • drone platforms and, even more importantly for surveyors, sensors (from optical to hyperspectral)
  • case studies
  • current and emerging regulatory and compliance issues, including national and international legislation and developing standards
  • factors to consider ahead of incorporating this cutting-edge technology into your business.

The insight also contains extensive references, a glossary and a further reading list and is essential reading for all professionals thinking of using, employing or integrating drone-derived imagery and data into their workflow.

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