AAE Tech Services Inc.


Drone Surveys

AAE conducts aerial surveys using a fixed-wing eBee Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), a fully autonomous, light-weight surveying drone outfitted with full GPS, ground and wind sensors, and high definition camera. Data gathered from the UAV, combined with our highly-accurate Trimble RTK ground system, provides detailed Digital Surface Models (DSM) and photographic orthomosaic images of any site. AAE’s UAV survey system provides exceptional topographic and environmental data which integrates well with CAD and GIS software.

AAE’s UAV capabilities combined with our partnerships and expertise in hydrology, bathymetry, GIS and engineering provide valuable information and unique solutions. Please contact us for more information on how we can meet your project needs.


AAE‘s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) survey system is well-equipped to tackle environmental project needs. Using a UAV to conduct environmental survey work allows us to tackle a wide variety of jobs with a high level of accuracy, safety and efficiency. Environmental applications include:

  • Topographic and hydrological modeling
  • Flood planning, prevention and mitigation
  • Shoreline surveys and erosion monitoring
  • Environmental impact and habitat assessment
  • Watershed analysis
  • Natural resource mapping
  • Land use classification
  • Wetland classification



AAE’s UAV has been used to provide accurate, meaningful data on a wide variety of construction-related projects. AAE strives to work around the client’s schedule to reduce down-time and provide results as quickly as possible. Long term monitoring can be useful to manage assets and resources, assess project progress and manage timelines. UAV applications in the construction field include:

  • Surface area and volume analysis
  • Stockpile assessment
  • Progress tracking and site evaluations
  • Construction asset identification
  • Post-construction and remediation site assessment



Aerial crop assessment using AAE’s UAV can increase yield and reduce costs for farmers. Aerial assessment of crops provides real time data to measure crop stress, predict yields and assess drainage. Agricultural applications of our aerial system include:

  • Landscape and site inspections
  • Crop damage analysis
  • Pest infestation and plant disease mapping
  • Vegetation stress levels
  • Drainage planning and flood mitigation

Other Uses

  • Custom high-definition aerial photographic surveys
  • Custom orthomosaic surveys and digital surface models
  • Point grid surface layers
  • 3D surface rendering, allowing for digital fly-overs
  • Advertising photos and presentations
  • Aerial Photography
  • Landfill Surveys
  • Property and subdivision maps


Representative Projects:

Pointe du Bois Topographic Survey and Progress Assessments

AAE designed and carried out flight plans to complete a 1m point grid topographic survey of a spillway reclamation site at the Pointe du Bois hydro generating station. The project included placement and surveying of Ground Control targets, data processing and development of point-grid AutoCAD surfaces and TIFF orthomosaic layers. Three survey sets were completed over the course of reclamation to track progress and re-assess stockpile volumes.


Municipal Stockpile Assessments

AAE has designed and carried out flight plans to assess stockpile volumes and surface areas of numerous municipal gravel stockpiles to help managers evaluate incoming and outgoing material quantity records. Regular UAV surveys of gravel pits and stockpiles help managers corroborate records of material quantities received, and mitigate potential losses from under-estimated load sizes.


Pine Creek Lakeshore Topographic Survey

AAE conducted a topographic survey of the lakefront region of the Pine Creek First Nation Reserve. Data was incorporated into a Hydrological Model of the Pine Creek area for use in a flood analysis, prevention and mitigation plan. The Digital Surface Model produced by this survey was used to evaluate flood plain extent and land potentially affected by 25, 50 and 100 year flood events.




Additional Projects

  • Thunder Creek Dam Feasibility Assessment
  • Lake Manitoba Outlet Channel Baseline Aquatics Assessment
  • Ravelston Avenue Drone Survey
  • Skownan First Nation Hydrological Assessment
  • Sixteen Mile Creek Tributary Topographic Profile