ADU 01170: Which is the Best Software for Generating Accurate Drone Maps and Avoiding Legal Liabilities?

Today we compare different drone mapping software and reveal the most accurate option so that you can avoid any legal liabilities.

Our caller for Trav is from Australia and has a question about drone mapping. And specifically, drone mapping software. Trav wants to know which processing software can produce the most accurate drone maps so that he avoid any legal liabilities.

Great question, Trav. This question is particularly relevant to drone uses like surveying. More and more drone pilots are getting into trouble with Surveying Boards when they don’t follow the right systems and workflows.

On today’s show, while we recommend the best mapping software option for Trav, we also reveal some best practices so that you can avoid human error, inaccuracies, and the ensuing legal liabilities. Thanks for the great question. Fly Safe!

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  • [31:55]Some more tips for generating accurate drone maps


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