Continental Mapping is an FAA-authorized unmanned aerial system (UAS or drone) company specializing in the acquisition and processing of imagery and lidar into engineering ready, high accuracy 3D products. Since 2012, Continental Mapping has been developing UAS capabilities to increase the speed, efficiency, and cost effectiveness of our data collection and mapping processes.
Continental Mapping manages a fleet of rotary wing airframes with a variety of sensors designed to capture high resolution and high accuracy still photos or video. The units can carry many camera and sensor types depending on the project requirements and provide real-time video to a base station for crew discussion and evaluation. Ground sample distance (GSD) can be as good as sub-centimeter depending on flying height.
Ground control is typically required but varies by scope of the project. Deliverables include oblique, photo-mosaic and compiled imagery, video footage, surfaces and CAD/GIS-ready mapping products such as planimetric mapping in MicroStation, AutoCAD or ArcGIS formats.
Continental Mapping staff members are heavily involved in Taking Autism to the Sky (TATTS). Tatts is a volunteer run non-profit organization that uses drones to give people on the spectrum a new perspective.