“Down to Earth,” a surveying reality series that shows how real surveyors collect data and turn
it into real deliverables, despite challenging conditions, rugged terrain and hidden dangers, is set to
premiere 3 new construction oriented episodes Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Viewers can register to
watch at either 9am ET, 6pm ET, or 9am CET at the following link: CLICK HERE
The mdLiDAR1000 aaS taking off for a construction project in Fort Myers, Florida
The next 3 episodes of Down to Earth, venture into “Cougar Country” where we join the Southwestern
Florida Cougar Companies as they use Drone LiDAR Surveying Equipment to provide more detailed
topographic surveys. However, they have to contend with the unpredictable Florida weather as they try to collect data, confirm fill quantities, and stay on budget. Watch as the Cougar Companies fly ahead of
their competition and use drone LiDAR technology to provide a more thorough picture of sites both pre
This premiere will feature the 3 episodes of Down to Earth, Cougar Country, along with exclusive behindthe-scenes mission planning, data capture and analysis of the final deliverables narrated by the
professionals involved in the project.
The first episode introduces Adam Murphree, Director of Technology for Cougar Companies, and explains
how he’s using drone Lidar Technology to the companies’ advantage.
Adam Murphree, Director of Technology for Cougar Companies pilots the mdLidar1000 aaS
“Drone LiDAR gives you the ability to get through trees and still get data from the surface, and it does it in
a fraction of the photogrammetry processing time,” Murphree said. “That’s huge. A dataset that might
take half a day to process with photogrammetry is done in 10 to 15 minutes with LiDAR.”
For Episodes 2 and 3 you’ll follow Adam as he contends with heavy equipment, active construction sites
and the gusty winds of Florida to get the job done.Data collected helps to visualize a LiDAR point cloud of the Construction site to help calculate fill quantities.
“These next episodes of Down to Earth show how the Cougar Companies are taking advantage of drone
Lidar technology to not only be more efficient, but to win more projects and grow their business,” said
Microdrones Marketing Director Bret Burghdurf. “Being on site at the various construction jobs give you
a much better sense of the scope and size of the projects that the Cougar Companies are dealing with
and how drone surveying equipment from Microdrones gives them an edge on their competition. But,
producing these episodes definitely wasn’t a breeze, thanks to some blustery conditions. Dealing with the
Florida weather made for some exciting episodes of Down to Earth.”
Find out if the Cougar Companies can deliver in circumstances that try even the most experienced pilots.
Microdrones grew out of the collaboration between the German inventor of the world’s first commercial
quadcopter and a determined surveying payload and software developer in North America. The result is a
global aerial mapping technology company that delivers complete and reliable mapping systems
specifically developed for the surveying, mining, construction, oil & gas and precision agriculture
Microdrones Integrated Systems are industrial tools addressing specific complex mapping challenges for
professional customers, relying on a fully integrated geospatial workflow that enables cutting-edge
software technology from Microdrones to transform raw data collected in the field by Microdrones
survey equipment into valuable high-quality survey-grade data. Microdrones is widely recognized for its
LiDAR technology leadership.