UAV Aerial Survey Drones have helped to fundamentally change the way that aerial drone mapping is conducted.

The ability for aerial drones to remain steady in flight at predetermined elevations allows us to capture photographic stills with accuracy. Something that is simply impossible to achieve with the same level of accuracy from a manned aircraft.

We are Balmore Inspection Services. An award winning drone survey service provider based in Glasgow and covering Scotland and the North of England. Our fleet of commercial grade UAVs are the future of aerial mapping. Our service is affordable and fast acting. Our drone services only require a pilot and spotter and we can reach difficult access locations in the far reaches of the country using our off-road support vehicle.

A 3D modelling process of building structures in Edinburgh taken by our aerial drone mapping software using photogrammetry process.

We can provide our aerial drone mapping services using the following:


Photogrammetry is a process where we take a collection of still images taken on a drone survey and stitch them together to create measurements. Photogrammetry can produce incredibly accurate and detailed 3D modelling that is processed by our award winning cloud based software. Photogrammetry is perfect for land surveys and mapping regions.


While photogrammetry requires the use of still imagery, LiDAR uses laser and light to provide measurements. On more ‘detailed’ environments ie. woodland, built up city areas and other areas with multiple obstructions and obstacles, LiDAR is the preferred choice for aerial drone mapping. The flexible configurations offered by LiDAR allow it to gather huge amounts of data and photographic imagery for mapping and aerial surveys.

Which is best – Photogrammetry or LiDAR?

It really depends on the service you require. While LiDAR produces the most accurate results for drone mapping, it can be limited in what high resolution imagery it can take. Which is why, more often than not, the two are conducted together to produce ‘the best of both worlds’ results.

The future of aerial mapping

Drone Surveys are changing the way that mapping and 3D modelling is done. The GPS accurate positioning of a drone, combined with the fast and easy deployment of them means that they are becoming the go to solution in the field. With reduced costs but improved accuracy and reliability, you can see why it is such a fast paced and growing industry.

And right at the head of that, is Balmore. As part of The Balmore Group, we have become the leading drone survey service provider in Scotland and our dedication to quality and constant reinvestment in our team and our equipment has seen us strengthen our core services so that we can offer our customer a superior service over our competitors.

If you would like to know more about our drone services and aerial drone mapping, please contact our Glasgow Head Office by calling 0141 370 4037 or by emailing

Our Glasgow Head Office