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Top 10 Best Construction Drones by Civil Engineers

We asked civil engineers and construction professionals. Here's what they have to say

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Countdown of the best surveying construction drones

We asked civil engineers and construction professionals: “What’s the best construction drones that you have used for your projects?”

The respondents who participated on this survey are working on large construction companies and/or specialize surveying firms with offices around the world. Particularly, civil engineers and construction managers who are currently based in Dubai, Shanghai, Tokyo, Manila, London, Los Angeles and Sydney. There were 67 engineers who participated on this global survey.

Here are the top 10 Best Construction Drones According to Civil Engineers


10. Freefly Alta 6


Price: $6,500.00


Where to Buy


Specifications & Features: 

  • Fold Up Design with Collapsible Props
  • Toad in the Hole Mount for MoVI Gimbals
  • Gimbal Top-Mounting Supported
  • Up to 15 lb Payload Capacity


9. Autel Robotics EVO II




Where to Buy

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Specifications & Features:

  • 8K Drone Camera
  • Portable Folding Aircraft with Remote Controller
  • Captures Incredibly Smooth 8K Ultra HD Video and 48MP Photos


8. xFold Rigs Travel-8URTF


Price: $13,399


Where to Buy


Specifications & Features: 

  • Frame is designed, manufactured, built and assembled in the USA, Payload capacity of up to 9.9kg (21.8 lbs)
  • Flexible configurations for mapping, surveying, inspections, photography and Search & Rescue
  • Dual operators – Full HD live downlink, DJI NAZA V2 flight control system – compatible with all commercial grade flight controllers
  • Modular (X8 or X12 motors & propellers) & folds down to ~30% of flight configuration for easy transport, Payload distributed over a large surface area to maximize efficiency
  • Unique engineering designed to keep central gravity 100% balanced with quick release sliding gimbal mounting system, 12 months xFold Service Plus Warranty


7. UVify Draco


Price: $904.62


Where to Buy


Specifications & Features: 

  • UVify Draco HD with 720p Digital HD Camera.
  • The UVify Draco HD is optimized for racing, freestyling and extreme aerial cinematography.
  • Draco HD’s modular design and upgradeable core components give you the power to modify as you desire.


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6. DJI Inspire 2


Price: $3,299


Where to Buy

Specifications & Features: 

  • Efficient workflow
  • Sense and avoid
  • Spotlight Pro; Compatible with 5.2K Gimbal Cameras
  • Intelligent flight modes. Obstacle Sensing Range : 0-16.4 feet (0-5 m)
  • Smart return to home.Operating Temperature:-4° to 104° F (-20° to 40° C)


5. DJI Matrice 600 Pro


Price: $5,299 – $5,699


Where to Buy


Specifications & Features: 

  • A3 Pro Flight Controller, Superlative Performance.
  • Complete Integration, Ultra Convenient
  • Charge Six Batteries Simultaneously
  • Aerial Imaging Solution
  • Extended Flight Time and Transmission Range
  • Professional HD Transmission


4. DJI Phantom 4 RTK


Price: $1,295 – $2,240


Where to Buy


Specifications & Features: 

Mapping Accuracy ** Mapping accuracy meets the requirements of the ASPRS Accuracy Standards for Digital Orthophotos Class ⅢMapping Accuracy ** Mapping accuracy meets the requirements of the ASPRS Accuracy Standards for Digital Orthophotos Class Ⅲ** The actual accuracy depends on surrounding lighting and patterns, aircraft altitude, mapping software used, and other factors when shooting.

Ground Sample Distance(GSD) (H/36.5) cm/pixel,H means the aircraft altitude relative to shooting scene (unit: m)

Data Acquisition Efficiency Max operating area of approx. 1 km² for a single flight(at an altitude of 182 m, i.e., GSD is approx. 5 cm/pixel, meeting the requirements of the ASPRS Accuracy Standards for Digital Orthophotos Class Ⅲ


3. Mavic Air 2


Price: $799 – $1,323 


Where to Buy


Specifications & Features: 

  • Up to 34 mins flight time
  • Weighs 570g only
  • Max Flight Distance: 18.5 km
  • 10km 1080p Video Transmission
  • HDR functionality
  • 48MP Photo & 4K/60fps Video
  • FocusTrack
  • 8K Hyperlapse


2. DJI Mavic 2 Zoom


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Price: $1,179 – $1,542


Where to Buy


Specifications & Features: 

  • Construction Drones for surveying with Omnidirectional Obstacle Sensing
  • Easily create professional-looking timelapse
  • Two 24-48 mm Optical Zoom Camera
  • Ultra-Flexibility
  • Powered by 12MP 1/2.3″ CMOS Sensor
  • 48MP Super Resolution Photo
  • Up to 4x Lossless Zoom FHD Video
  • Dolly Zoom
  • Up to 31 mins flight time
  • Control as far as 8KM distance
  • Travels up to 72 kph


1. DJI Mavic 2 Pro



Price: $1,449 – $2,035


Where to Buy


Specifications & Features: 

  • Equipped with a Hasselblad L1D-20c camera with a 20MP 1” CMOS Sensor, the Mavic 2 camera drone lets you capture gorgeous aerial shots for Surveying Construction Drones in stunning color detail.
  • Up to 31 minutes flight time, 44 mph max speed, 907G takeoff weight, 3-axis gimbal for steady shots, 8GB internal storage, SD card Support up to 128 GB
  • Functions include ActiveTrack 2. 0, Omnidirectional Obstacle Sensing, Hyperlapse, Low-Noise Design, Adjustable Aperture, HDR Photos
  • The standard remote controller offers up to 135 minutes of battery life on a full charge. Use with the DJI GO 4 App on your smartphone.
  • DJI GO 4 App requires iOS 10.0.2, Android 5.0 or above. 
  • What you get: DJI Mavic 2 Pro, Intelligent Flight Battery, Gimbal Protector, Remote Controller, 3x Propellers (Pair), Battery Charger, Power Cable, Communication Cable (USB3. 0 Type-C), USB adapter, Spare Control Sticks (Pair), RC Cable (Lightning Connector), RC Cable (Standard Micro USB Connector), RC Cable (USB Type-C Connector)


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Engr. Cody Catarina
Currently working as talent acquisition manager at Carillion Construction, Glasgow,UK. A badass mechanical engineer from University of Leeds. Editor and writer at GineersNow. Follow my travel and auto blogs


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