Surveying and Engineering

Enhancing Surveying and Engineering Precision with InTerra SmarTarget Ground Control Points


The Surveying and Engineering industry plays a crucial role in shaping our built environment by providing accurate measurements and topographic data. With the advent of drones, this industry has experienced a revolution in data collection methods. However, to ensure precise and reliable results, the industry requires efficient ground control points for georeferencing. InTerra SmarTarget’s advanced system offers a compelling solution, combining rugged design, powerful software, and cost-effectiveness to meet the unique needs of surveying and engineering professionals.



Traditional survey techniques and reliance on Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) systems can be time-consuming, complex, and costly for surveying and engineering projects. The need for accurate topographic mapping to support critical decision-making necessitates innovative solutions that enhance efficiency and accuracy.



Drones have emerged as a game-changer in the surveying and engineering industry, providing an efficient means of capturing aerial data. However, to leverage the full potential of drones, precise georeferencing through ground control points is essential. InTerra SmarTarget offers a well-thought-out system that caters to the specific needs of surveyors and engineers, ensuring accurate and reliable data collection.



  1. Accuracy and Reliability:

– GPS-enabled GCPs provided by InTerra SmarTarget enable precise and reliable georeferencing of drone imagery, resulting in highly accurate topographic models and maps.

– The automated PPK technology used by the SmarTarget® system eliminates the need for real-time corrections and ensures consistent and accurate positioning data.


  1. Cost-Effectiveness:

– InTerra SmarTarget’s GCPs offer a cost-effective alternative to traditional survey techniques and RTK systems, eliminating the need for additional equipment and subscription costs associated with RTK.

– The ease of deployment and minimal investment required make SmarTarget® a practical choice for projects of all sizes, especially small to medium-sized ventures.


  1. Streamlined Workflow:

– InTerra SmarTarget’s Locator™ software simplifies the data collection process, allowing surveyors to efficiently mark ground control points in the field and capture positional data during drone flights.

– The system eliminates the complexities of setting up and managing an RTK system, including the need for a base station and subscription service, saving valuable time and resources.


  1. Versatility and Accessibility:

– InTerra SmarTarget’s GPS-enabled GCPs offer versatility and accessibility in various environments and locations, including remote or challenging terrains where setting up an RTK system may not be feasible.

– The system can be deployed quickly, enabling surveying and mapping projects in diverse areas without relying on specific infrastructure or subscription services.


  1. Automated PPK and Correction Factors:

– InTerra SmarTarget’s system utilizes PPK technology and automates the download and processing of correction factors, ensuring precise positioning data without the need for continuous real-time corrections.


Closing Argument:

Investing in InTerra SmarTarget’s ground control points offers surveying and engineering businesses a competitive edge. The system’s exceptional accuracy, simplified workflow, versatility, and cost-effectiveness make it an invaluable asset for professionals in the industry. By adopting the SmarTarget® system, organizations can save time, reduce costs, and achieve greater precision in their surveying and mapping endeavors, leading to enhanced decision-making, improved project outcomes, and increased client satisfaction.