Water Pond Surveying for Colorado DOT
“Datumate has provided us with an important professional solution for expediting CDOT projects and supporting our mission to ensure a safe and efficient highway system in Colorado. We’re looking forward at utilizing this technology for additional jobs in congested and populated areas, highways, mountainous, steep or wet locations, rockslides etc.”
Kathryn Lyon, Central Unit Coordinator at CDOT.
CDOT (Colorado Department of Transportation) needed to survey a water pond to ensure the safety of travelers on the nearby highway. The purpose of the survey was to calculate the maximal volume of water that can fill the pond before overflow occurs.
A DJI Phantom 3 drone, managed by DatuFly™ professional surveying app, was used for easy and harmless photoshooting. The aerial photography was then processed using DatuSurveyTM Enterprise photogrammetry software.
The DatuFly app, together with a Phantom 3 drone allowed for quick, precise and easy image capturing.
The flight duration was 6 min, 23 sec at an altitude of 157 ft.
Inflight direction overlap was 75%.
In perpendicular flight direction overlap was 60%.
Resolution was 2.5 cm/pixel.
Flight speed was 2 m/s. At least 2-pixel accuracy was expected with the rolling shutter of the Phantom 3 camera.
Acquiring Ground Control Points
White plates with nails in the center were distributed in a grid pattern throughout the field.
The points were measured with RTK GPS.
9 points were used as Ground Control Points.
9 additional points were used as Check Points, to detect the accuracy of the project.
Control Points digitization precision was 2-3 pixels.
DatuSurvey Enterprise Outputs
The Drone’s imagery was analyzed and processed using DatuSurveyTM Enterprise photogrammetry software to quickly generate a dense point cloud, true Orthophoto images, water volume and maximal height calculations and more.
A point file, including names, codes, descriptions and coordinates of all new points was generated. Overall, more than 320 new points were drafted directly on the images.
The measurement accuracy of all the points was better than 6 cm (0.197ft) in 3d coordinates.
Generation time: 24 min
Dense Point Cloud
Generation time: 8 min
A 3D CAD model in DXF format was created. It included the area topography, concrete structures and additional objects that were generated by drafting directly on the images using DatuSurveyTM.
Finalized Topographic CAD Map
The map in 1:40 scale was generated in AutoCAD Civil 3D.
Orthophoto with CAD Data
One of the main goals of the project was to calculate the volume of water needed to fill the pond before overflow occurs.
The height of this point was extracted from the DatuSurveyTM measurements and the surface was established at 5391.6 ft.
DatuSurveyTM calculated the volume of the pond, from pond floor to the surface.