BetterBizTech Offers Orthomosaics, 3D Models, Maps, Construction Reports, & Damage Assessments

Our team of UAS pilots, observers and designers are capable of creating 2D and 3D models of your property, commercial and residential real estate, construction projects, inspections and project updates on just about anything you desire. We can work with your engineers, surveyors, contractors and real estate professionals, to help you market, present, and show progress of any project.


Different Types Of Drone Maps

Drone mapping can produce an assortment of different types of maps. Each can provide different information to land owners, surveyors, developers, and more. Our drone specialists can help you determine the map or maps that are right for your unique needs. BetterBizTech offers all types of orthomosaics. From basic presentations to working with your surveyor or engineer to create the the accuracy you need.

The most common types of maps obtained by drones include:

  • Orthomosaic maps
  • Digital Elevation Models (DEM)
  • Digital Surface Models (DSM) and Digital Terrain Model (DTM)
  • Contour line maps
  • 3D point clouds
  • 3D textured maps

Photogrammetry Mapping

Photogrammetry is a process that uses an array of photos for mapping. By taking a bunch of photos at different angles and coordinates, mapping software can stitch the images together to make a 2D or 3D model.


Ortho-mosaic Mapping

Orthomosaic drone maps get overhead 2D and 3D views of areas in a top-down view. The image is created by compositing drone images to create a complete map. Ortho-maps provide a real-world, top-down view that is great for fast decision-making and analysis.

These maps are often helpful for:

  • real estate projects
  • detailing construction progress
  • surveying accident scenes
  • damage reports
  • Rooftop Inspections
  • and more

Drone photography and video is also helpful for solar panel inspections, cell tower and power line inspections, facade, milling and paving and all types of construction project surveillance.


This is a sample of 3D Renderings made from orthomosaic drone photography. The detail has been reduced to present it on the web. 

Please be patient as our 3D Images are rendering.

Shopping Plaza 3D Rendering

Shopping Center 3D Rendering

Condo Community 3D Rendering

Digital Elevation Models (DEMs)

DEMs provide visual data of elevation at different points captured by the drone. DEMs create grids that provide the highest vertical height along each x- and y-coordinate.

These maps use colors similar to thermal imaging, the elevation in the image is indicated by color. Lower elevations show up blue, and higher elevations move through the color spectrum to red. This type of model can be used to evaluate elevation grade, height differences between surrounding buildings, forest growth, and more.

Digital Surface Models (DSMs) & Digital Terrain Models (DTMs)

These models are subsets of DEM images. DSMs show the changes in elevation regarding structures, such as buildings, trees, and other structures. DTMs show elevation changes factoring in only the ground level. As such, it gives readouts based on the terrain, not the structures on it.

Contour Line Maps

On a map, contour lines show elevation levels, and changes in elevation. Contour line maps from drones provide these elevations in a similar fashion, while also providing 3D modeling of the area.

Contour maps can provide insight into hills, valleys, and grades when evaluating land. This can be important for development, land stewardship, forest management, and more.

3D Point Clouds

With a 3D point cloud, the images from the drone are used to generate densified points. By using a number of images, we can generate a 3D model of the area. The model can provide geospatial and color information for the mapped area.

3D Texture Mesh

A 3D Texture Mesh is a more advanced form of a 3D point cloud. It reproduces the angles, edges, and textures of the areas shot by the drone. As a result, it offers more functioning for developers and the monitoring of project progress.

Drone Mapping FAQ

What is the DEM Mapping in a Survey?

DEMs provide visual information for elevation data at each capture point. DEMs use a spectrum of color to indicate differences in elevation.

What is the Difference Between DSM and DTM Mapping?

DSM provides data on all points in a location, not just the ground. It includes buildings, structures, and landscaping features such as bushes and trees. DTM, however, does not. Rather, DTMs provide surface models with bare-earth terrain readings.

What is a 3D Point Cloud in Drone Surveying?

By taking a bunch of pictures at different points in the target location, a drone can create a 3D model of the area. The model can be used to render the space in 3D from all of the 2D images. This type of mapping uses a combination of GPS and image stitching technology to create the 3D space. The more coordinates provided, the denser the Point Cloud becomes. We can utilize RTK and PPK processing for accuracy. We can also work with your surveyor or engineer to get you the detail you find necessary.