Kucera International Inc. has been performing material and earthwork surveys as a specialized area of business since 1960. Our clients include utilities, industrial manufacturers, chemical companies, mining companies, and municipal public works departments.
The initial data for our volume survey work is gathered both in the air and on the ground. Aerial data acquisition is accomplished through photogrammetric and/or LiDAR technology. Ground-based methods include GPS, laser rangefinding, and total station surveys. Our primary data source is aerial photography, which documents conditions at an exact time, can be rapidly and cost-effectively acquired without direct access to the site, and can be readily checked without having to repeat a survey.
In the volume determination process, a three-dimensional digital terrain model (DTM) of the site surface is produced from data collected using photogrammetric methods, ground-based GPS, or airborne LiDAR.
Our advanced technologies and procedures allow us to provide consistently accurate volume determination. Our results are typically within three percent of the “true” volume as obtained by other physical means.
The final survey results are presented in a comprehensive report that includes volume breakdowns by area and contour interval. Pile location index, calculation boundaries superimposed onto the aerial photos, contour maps of piles, and any other information as requested can be customized into the report.Back to Our Services