Aerial Services

The Sky is no Longer the Limit

An Industry Leader in Unmanned Aerial Systems



With the successful incorporation of drones and advanced sensors, Draper Aden Associates continues to utilize technology to provide their clients with responsive and responsible professional services. The enhanced capability of aerial surveying allows us to get rich datasets, accurate deliverables and comprehensive information quicker and more often at a lower cost than traditional methods. We strive to integrate these benefits in all of our professional services.


High-resolution aerial perspectives, before the first acre is cleared and shovels hit the dirt, Draper Aden’s Aerial Services provides updated images and video for use during site planning, design, and review. Drones provide regular monitoring of projects, weekly or monthly, for site managers, contractors, investors and even sales teams. Final as-built conditions are presented for project documentation, marketing and promotional goals. To meet the needs of our clients, a single solution isn’t always possible. As our fleet of UAV options demonstrates, we are dedicated to improve and expand our solutions to meet our client’s needs.


Advanced capabilities have been integrated to enable structural documentation of vertical and horizontal infrastructure. Through the use of thermal sensor technology, solar panel inspections take less time and can occur more frequently. Roof and envelope inspections can be completed quickly, and more efficiently without the need for extensive scaffolding, personnel risk, and time.


When data collection, from predesign to as-built conditions, inspections, or monitoring, is the name of the game, look to Draper Aden Associates Aerial Services. The sky is no longer the limit. To download a complete copy of our Aerial Services brochure, fill out the form to the right.

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Our Aerial Services

Lunch ‘N’ Learns
3D Scanning
UAV (Drone) Capabilities
Aerial Topographic Surveys
Global Positioning Systems (GPS)

LiDAR Scanning
Thermal Inspections
Volume Measuring
Mobile Mapping
Point Cloud Generation

Existing Conditions Surveys
Infared IR Scanning
Photovoltic PV Scanning
Stockpile Drone Services
Solar Farm Surveys

Recent Aerial Projects

Butcher Creek - Aerial survey-topographic survey-aerial imagery

Butcher Creek Landfill

Aerial Services / Construction Admin/Materials Testing / Environmental Engineering / Geotechnical/Geophysical / Solid Waste / Surveying
Geothermal Solar- aerial survey - topographic survey - aerial imagery (2)

Southampton Solar Farm

Aerial Services / Construction Admin/Materials Testing / Energy / Geotechnical/Geophysical /
Site/Civil Engineering / Surveying
Orange Solid Waste- aerial survey - topographic survey - aerial imagery- Civil Engineering Firm - Environmental Engineering, Remediation, and Solid Waste Resources -Draper Aden, The Environmental Services Division at Draper Aden Associates, Richmond, Blacksburg, Newport News, Charlottesville, Manassas, Virginia Beach

Orange County Solid Waste

Aerial Services / Construction Admin/Materials Testing / Environmental Engineering / Site/Civil Engineering / Solid Waste / Surveying

Who We Are

In 1972, Virginia Tech graduates Joe Draper and Bill Aden formed Draper Aden Associates, a six-employee civil engineering firm in Blacksburg, Virginia. Today, it has grown into a full service consulting engineering firm with locations in Virginia and North Carolina and clients across the Mid-Atlantic region.


Making our mark

Draper Aden is focused on creating a lasting positive impact through our work. We strive to be a partner who helps municipalities, businesses, state agencies, and cultural institutions achieve their goals through expertise, collaboration, and commitment.