Photogrammetric and Photo/Video Surveys | For 3D Mapping and Modeling

This service is for productions/creators who require images and videos in Japan for their 3D modeling and/or mapping.

We offer the following methods for data gathering.

  1. Drone photos/videos (Optional GCP service is available. We can set GCPs with GNSS systems for accurate measuring.)
  2. DSLR/Mirrorless photos
  3. 360º camera photos/videos (GoPro Max)

*This service is shooting-only and does not offer 3D processing from these images on our side.

Each method is divided into two rate categories according to your processing purposes.

  • Survey for photogrammetry
  • Survey for details*

*”details” stands for images which you can see, for example, designs and surface structures of subjects.

Main differences between the photogrammetry and details are the number of images required and preparation period in advance to each survey. As a result, the photogrammetry survey basically has higher rates than the survey for details.

Each production require different set of photos/videos for their 3d processing. If you require other methods other than ones below, let us know.

1. Drone Survey

Drone surveys are separated into two categories to follow related Japanese laws.

  1. Drone survey for large subjects – Requires Special Arrangement.
  2. Drone survey for “small” subjects – No Special Arrangement required.

Japanese law orders special arrangements for flights in which operators cannot see their drones with their direct eyes. In other words, if your requirement needs a drone to fly very large areas and to move away from the operator more than around 100meter/300feet, the special arrangement must be done. These arrangements must also be done in case the drone is not visible for any reason. For example, even if the drone is 50m/150feet away from the operator but behind obstacles and not visible, the special arrangement must be done also.

Survey with Special Arrangements | Large Areas/subjects

This is basically for flights whose operations are done beyond 100m/300feet radius of the operator. Not also operations but also planning is included in these rates. 1/2 day stands for up to 4 hours.

Survey 1/2 Day Rate Day Rate
Photogrammetry US$3,000 US$4,500
Details US$2,000 US$ 3,000
5-6 pts. GCPs.*optional  +US$ 1,200 +US$ 1,200

If the flight area is larger than what we have experienced, this estimation may vary. The largest area survey with this plan for us is a huge auto racing circuit.

Survey without special arrangements | Small Area/subjects

This is basically for flights whose operations are done within 100m/300feet radius of the operator. Not also operations but also planning is included in these rates. 1/2 day stands for up to 4 hours.

Survey 1/2 Day Rate Day Rate
Photogrammetry US$1,800 US$2,700
Details US$1,200 US$ 1,800
5-6 pts.  GCPs.*optional  +US$ 600 +US$ 600

2. DSLR/Mirrorless Survey

This method is done by professional architecture/interior photographer(s) and image qualities are promised. (at least 20 megapixel). Planning is also included in these rates. 1/2 day stands for up to 4 hours.

Survey 1/2 Day Rate Day Rate
Photogrammetry US$900 US$1,350
Details US$600 US$900

3. 360 Videos (GoPro MAX)

Some projects add 360º videos for their photogrammetric surveys. This method is addition to the other two methods above.

DFS uses a GoPro MAX. Rates for this method largely depend on where to mount this camera. If you just want to attach this camera on a tripod or still surfaces, the following rates are applied. 1/2 day stands for up to 4 hours.

Survey 1/2 Day Rate Day Rate
360º video +US$299 US$399

On the other hand, if you need to mount the camera on facilities where mounting requires special arrangement and care, we require an additional fee for planning and operations. If you have question, let us know: hotaka.d@gmail.com