Remote Sensing

Remote Sensing

Remote Sensing

The CEC Surveying and Mapping team firmly believes in using the right tool in the toolbox. Every project is unique and many times require specific or multiple disciplines to achieve. In addition to our other mapping technologies, our team implements a diverse group of remote sensing tools. By utilizing an array of platforms and sensors, we are capable of accomplishing a fully comprehensive data collection – every time.

Our Remote Sensing group utilizes the latest in geospatial technology. We offer aerial, mobile and terrestrial LiDAR services - as well as UAS data acquisition. We work hand-in-hand with our surveyors to ensure the most accurate, precise, and thorough project data. With our team’s varied expertise, we strive to think critically and make the best decisions to better serve our clients and their projects.

Mobile LiDAR

LiDAR, or 3D laser scanning, is an innovative remote sensing technology that integrates optical and positioning sensors to collect and generate survey-quality point cloud data. CEC provides both LiDAR data acquisition and data processing services. Having various processing tools and software, we can deliver data in whatever format is required.

Our vehicle-mounted mobile LiDAR system allows us to map roadway corridors accurately and efficiently. We have also integrated 360 degree panoramic imaging with our mobile LiDAR system. This allows us to generate not only highly detailed pointcloud data, but also up-to-date 360 degree streetview images.

At CEC, we take safety seriously. By implementing mobile LiDAR technology, we are able to survey highly-trafficked areas without exposing our crews, or the public, to potentially unsafe conditions. From busy intersections to multi-lane highways, mobile LiDAR can handle it all.

Optech LYNX Mobile  Mapper System M1 

Terrestrial LiDAR

Our terrestrial LiDAR systems enable us to collect highly dense point cloud information from a fixed position. This gives us the advantage and flexibility to take on the most challenging of projects. The portability of terrestrial LiDAR allows us to bring the power of 3D laser scanning to hard-to-access areas. Whether it’s the intricacy of an architectural as-built or the complexity of a power plant’s piping network, terrestrial LiDAR captures the smallest details.

FARO Focus x330 and Optech ILRIS 1


Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

One of the most rapidly adopted technologies to date is the commercial use of UAS for geospatial data acquisition. CEC began researching UAS in 2014 and received its Section 333 Exemption to operate commercially in 2015. Now operating under Part 107, we employ 5 FAA certified UAS operators. Our knowledgeable flight staff ensures every mission is conducted safely and reliably.

In our field, accuracy is paramount. That’s why the CEC team utilizes commercial grade systems. As UAS operations are becoming a more standard part of our geospatial toolkit, leveraging high-accuracy platforms and payloads is vital. By utilizing enterprise systems, we are capable of implementing multiple sensor types, including LiDAR, to acquire actionable data across multiple disciplines.

DJI Matrice 210 RTK


Geospatial data comes in many different forms and filetypes. It can be very large and difficult to manage. CEC has made it easier than ever for our clients to access and explore the geospatial data for their projects! By creating CEC Halo, we have eliminated the need for our clients to have all the right software and infinite hard drive space. With only an internet connection, CEC Halo allows you to view, utilize, and integrate your geospatial project data. 


Bartley Estes, CMS
Senior Remote Sensing Technician
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Bartley Estes

Darren Smith, PLS
Vice President / Surveying and Mapping Practice Leader 
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Darren Smith


Remote Sensing Applications

  • Topographic Survey
  • As-Built Documentation
  • Quantities & Volumes
  • Drainage Analysis
  • Clearances Analysis
  • Pavement Analysis
  • Asset Management


  • Condition Analysis
  • BIM & 3D Modeling
  • Urban Planning
  • Structural As-Built Documentation
  • Exterior/Interior Architectural As-Builts
  • Temporal Change Detection
  • Forensic Scene Documentation


  • Orthomosaic
  • Infrastructure Inspection
  • Damage Assessment
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Telecommunications
  • Construction Monitoring
  • Erosion Monitoring/Change Detection