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Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Services


Bring a cutting-edge aerial perspective to your next project! AmaTerra’s Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS; aka “Drone”) Group collects valuable and exciting environmental, biological, and cultural resource data in a safe and cost-effective manner using their in-house drone platforms. AmaTerra’s team of FAA Part 107-certified remote pilots are available to collect high-quality imagery for analysis, mapping, engagement, and much more.


Low-Altitude Aerial Photography / Orthoimagery

Drones can document large areas with immense detail at a fraction of the time and/or cost of traditional aircraft- and satellite-based systems. AmaTerra’s sUAS Group uses advanced drone platforms and software to generate:

  • Detailed still photography and real-time video for site analysis, enhanced ESAs, and field planning

  • High-resolution, digital ortho-imagery for mapping and reporting

  • Engaging videography for project outreach and property promotion


Three-Dimensional Terrain and Structure Modeling

AmaTerra’s sUAS team can use Structure-From-Motion (SFM) Photogrammetry software to stitch hundreds of drone photographs or video frames together in three-dimensional space to create precise, geospatially referenced 3D models. Use these models for:

  • Elevation mapping/ modeling and landform volumetric analysis

  • Structure and cultural resource documentation

  • Wetland reconnaissance and extent modeling

  • Historical trail detection and feature identification


Aerial Biological Assessments and
Habitat Surveys

AmaTerra’s biologists and wetland specialists often work with the sUAS Group. They leverage drone technology for:


  • Wetland habitat establishment and health assessments (individual or repeated deployments over time)

  • Biological habitat surveys (e.g., vegetation community, freshwater mussel surveys, etc.)


Project Site
Construction Monitoring

AmaTerra’s sUAS team can visit your construction site and use their drone platform to document a range of aspects of the work being conducted. Look to AmaTerra for:

  • Stormwater runoff control system inspections and real-time assessments

  • Excavation volume documentation

  • Construction progress documentation

Drone in Flight

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires that anyone who operates a drone in a professional capacity must pass a rigorous Remote Pilot Certification test administered through the FAA. Our pilots are experts in the regulations, operating requirements, and procedures associated with safe drone flights in public airspace. 


Expertise/ Experience
AmaTerra has FAA Part 107-Certified Remote Pilots and Trained Visual Observers on Staff 
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