A photo of an agricultural field taken with a drone

Forestry and Agricultural Drone Services Farm, Forest, or Environmental Sectors - Drones inspect larger areas in less time.

Improve your yield using more information in less time

Environmental sectors deal with large areas of land. Forestry or Agricultural services need days or weeks to be set aside to get the information you need. Drones obtain this information in a fraction of the time it takes a human. Even in hard-to-reach agricultural areas or dense forests, we give you high-quality, actionable data.

Drones are used in all areas of agriculture. Land planning, livestock management, crop monitoring and infrastructure inspection are becoming more efficient. Engineers With Drones can help you with inspections at all stages and save you the hassle of dealing with multiple contractors.

Preparing to map a group of fields
Detect and Prevent Disease

Detect and Prevent Disease

Drones equipped with LiDAR sensors can gather and interpret data regarding the condition of trees, vegetation, and bushlands. Alongside thermal cameras, topographic surveying, and aerial mapping, this technology allows you to instantly detect unhealthy flora, and draw up plans for its removal or restoration.

A person measuring GCP's on a farm mapping project
Accurate Soil Analysis

Accurate Soil Analysis

Drones with thermal imaging cameras can accurately and quickly analyse the status of soil. Identifying problems with soil quality, fertiliser management, or dead soil zones using precision data capture. This information helps in identifying the best practises for planting, crop management, and soil management.

A section of old bog land
Irrigation Monitoring And Planning

Irrigation Monitoring And Planning

Our drones' thermal cameras and remote sensing technologies, allow issues associated with irrigation, and insufficient or excessive moisture, to be easily rectified. Using this data, together with crystal-clear RGB Imagery of soil and crops, you can identify natural land flow patterns, prevent water-logging and optimise drainage.

A section of forestry with a road
Land Appraisal

Land Appraisal

Large areas of land can easily be photographed, examined, and documented by drones to capture an exact reading of their geography, boarders, and vegetation cover. This allows you to record a professional and accurate status of your land at a given point in time, without having to step foot on the ground.

Why choose us?

Qualified engineers

As licensed engineers, we also provide the expertise, understanding, and knowledge necessary to carry out a thorough inspection, with deliverables to match. Our skilled engineers are at the ready.

IAA certification

The Irish Aviation Authority has awarded Engineers with Drones full approval in accordance with the most recent European-wide EASA regulations.

Latest technology

To ensure that you always get the best possible service and cutting-edge deliverables, we purchase the most up-to-date drone technology as soon as it's available.

Rigorous HSSE standards

The operation of Engineers With Drones is governed by a comprehensive HSSE system. Our guiding principles are to reduce risk through rigorous assessment, and to maintain a high level of staff education and training.

Fully insured

We have 6.5 million in public and product liability insurance, and 13 million in employers' liability insurance. Engineers with Drones are fully insured to fly wherever you need.

Based in Ireland

As we're situated in Ireland, we can respond to your needs quickly, with zero travel complications.

First-class deliverables

As seasoned engineers in the field, we are aware of the trouble that shoddy reports and deliverables can create. For this reason, we provide you with exactly what you require.

Quick turnaround times

Thanks to our fast turnaround times, your entire project can be completed in a fraction of the time of traditional methods, without any compromise in the quality of your deliverables.

4K and VR Footage

In addition to quadrupling the resolution of an HD camera, 4K also gives you quicker frame rates, incredible contrast variations, and expanded colours. VR video takes the level of immersion and clarity to the next level.

Why use a drone for your forestry and agricultural inspection?


The safety of your personnel and our own is paramount, and we place it at the forefront of our company culture. Ask us about our HSSE systems and practices.


Drone inspections take up less of your manhours and resources than traditional inspections, giving you a faster and more budget-friendly return on your investment.

Detect hidden problems

We use cutting-edge technologies to detect problems that would otherwise be invisible. These include ultra-HD photography/video, LiDAR and thermal imaging.

Greater Accuracy

Drones capture high-quality, impartial information that gives you an exact assessment on the status and needs of your asset.

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Thermal IR technology and ultra HD allow our engineers to get a view that it not available to the naked eye. From a safe distance, we can find defects and insights that are only visible with a drone.

Quick turnaround

We understand that you need answers fast. We can deliver a plain-English report with clear-cut conclusions in days. Then, you can take the steps you need to and get back to doing what you do best.

Rapid response

Need us there in a hurry? No problem. Let us know what you need, and we can be there on the same day. After all, sometimes the problem just won't wait.

Real-time consulting

Sometimes the brief can change even in real-time. If need be, you can be stood there right next to the drone operator, directing them as the situation develops.

Drones in Agriculture and Farming

More Informed Planning

The time invested in planning pays off year after year. An up-to-date and detailed aerial photograph of your land is priceless. Outdated methods of obtaining this information are tedious and costly. We create these images for you in a fraction of the time, so you can plan with confidence and move on to the next phase.

Clear images simplify road and access planning and help you use your land efficiently. Up-to-date images are invaluable in boundary disputes. Our topographic maps of your property make it easier to plan drainage and irrigation. When you know the lay of the land, you can irrigate more efficiently and avoid flooding. We take care of this in a single flight, streamlining the process.

Reduce Crop Failure

Aerial photographs show variations in health and density that aren't visible from a human perspective. Inspection efficiency allows for more frequent crop monitoring. Our drone is equipped with a high-resolution camera that capture detailed images without endangering crops. Intervention before health is poor enough to be visible from the ground often saves entire areas of crops from failure.

Multispectral imaging provides information about the health of plants, and can detect pests or diseases. Fertilisation is also more efficient when you can pinpoint exactly where it's needed. With multispectral imaging we can detect pests and diseases before the situation is bad enough to be obvious.

Recover Wandering Livestock

Livestock is tracked down easily. Drones cover larger areas and difficult terrain faster than a human, and with a sharper eye. Thermography is used to pinpoint lost livestock.

Infrastructure Inspections

Buildings of all types are also inspected using a drone, giving you peace of mind that your livestock is safe. Including silos, tanks, and vessels.

Accurate Yield Estimation

Multispectral imagery show crop density, allowing you to estimate yield more accurately. Planning sales and distribution is made more efficient, and can be done at an earlier stage.

How can Drones be used in Forestry?

We help to facilitate forest planning. It's important to get an overview of the land first, as long-term crops need access for years after planting. Efficient land use can facilitate access at all stages of a forest's lifecycle.

Birds' Eye View of the Entire Area

Dense forests cause visibility issues. Aerial views of forests provide a better perspective and a clearer view of the area. Planning access roads and walkways is easy when you no longer have to physically navigate the area.

Aerial images of trees show differences in health and density. Problems that aren't visible from a human perspective become apparent when you're above the tree line. After storms and damaging events, drone photography reveals damage that can be quickly repaired.

Monitor the Health of your Forest

Multispectral imaging gives insights into the health of individual trees and the forest as a whole. By finding areas that need fertilising, you can focus your efforts where they're needed.

Drones detect disease and pests earlier than the human eye. They can intervene before the problem is so bad that it becomes visible, saving trees at risk of failing.

How does it work?

Reach out and tell us your idea

We take emails, phone calls, messages, everything! If you are unsure of what's possible we are happy to advise, the most important thing is to get in touch. We would be delighted to answer any questions you may have.

Start at the end

With drones, it's best to begin where you want to end up. What sort of deliverable would you like when it's all finished? If you are not sure then we can advise. We can look at what you would like and work backwards from there.

Scope of work and set a price

Once we have agreed on what is to be done, the scope of work is set and a price is agreed upon. We feel it is vital that everyone knows what they are getting and what they are paying for it. There should be no confusion.

Permits and other paperwork

Once we have confirmation you are happy to proceed, we start the ball rolling. We organise things like RAMS, site permits, Air Traffic Control clearance and much more. Basically, we generate everything needed to turn up on-site with all our ducks in a row.

Field Operations

Next, we do the work on site. We have the gear, we have the know-how, so now it's time to get the job done. This can sometimes be affected by the weather, but for the most part, we get the job done on the date specified.

Post Processing

This is where we take what we generated in the field and turn it into a final deliverable for you. This can be anything from the raw data itself, to fully processed Orthophotos, condition reports, CAD line work or thermal imagery.


The final step is the handover of the deliverables. We tend to use a cloud-based service, so you can access your data anywhere. We can also tie into your existing systems if that is more convenient.

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Our Services Not just photos from the sky

Spoiler alert: we're not drone pilots. We're professional engineers who have learned to fly drones really well. If you're looking for a photo of your garden or a swooshing shot of your wedding reception, we're probably not the right people for you. But if you need an engineer's eyes and brain, combined with next-generation UAV technology and ready-to-roll deliverables, then you've come to the right place.

Drone Photography

Capture high-quality imagery of your assets from never before seen vantage points.

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Thermal Imaging

Detect abnormalities within your assets that are otherwise invisible to the naked eye.

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3D LIDAR Surveys

Record incredibly detailed elevation data to aid in ultra-precise measurements and calculations.

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What technology do we use for forestry and agricultural inspections?

We purchase the latest drones as they come on the market to ensure you are getting the highest quality service from us at all times. Here is a quick look at what we would be most likely to use for a typical drone forestry and agricultural inspection.

Our equipment
DJI MatriceM300 RTK M300 RTK by DJI

Our flagship drone: The M300 RTK by DJI is the premier enterprise-level inspection drone on the market. With a flight time of up to 55 minutes, lots of built-in redundancy, and a host of payloads to choose from, this is our go-to UAV for inspection work. When coupled with the Zenmuse H20T camera, it is capable of safely inspecting high-value assets at a stand-off range.

  • Drone
  • Camera
  • Thermal Imaging
  • Ultra HD
  • Long range
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Our equipment
DJIZenmuse P1 Zenmuse P1 by DJI

Combined with our flagship drone platform DJI M300 RTK, the DJI Zenmuse P1 camera enables photogrammetry and 3D modelling of the highest standard. There are also interchangeable fixed-focus lenses, on a 3-axis stabilized gimbal, that provide robust versatility to help create stunning 2D, 3D detailed models.

  • Camera
  • Mechanical Shutter
  • 4K video
  • Stabilisation gimbal
  • High-resolution
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DJIZenmuse H20T Zenmuse H20T by DJI

One payload with a multitude of sensors. The H20T is specifically designed for conducting inspections of high-value assets. When coupled with the Matrice M300 aircraft, the various sensors on the H20T give the operator a wide array of options to get the best imagery possible.

  • Camera
  • Thermal
  • High-resolution
  • Wide-angle
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Our equipment
DJID-RTK 2 Base 2 D-RTK 2 Base 2 by DJI

The DJI D-RTK 2 mobile base station helps make accuracy easy. This GNSS receiver supports GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, and GALILEO signals, allowing for centimetre-level positioning. The integrated IMUs monitor movements and calibrate tilt sensors to minimize risks.

  • Tri-pod
  • Mobile station
  • Centimeter-accurate position
  • survey
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Our Equipment
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IAA Certification
We are fully accredited by the Irish Aviation Authority to the latest European-wide EASA regulations.


Health and safety is a core principle of our business. Find out how we put these principles into practice.


Fully insured
We hold 13m employers' liability insurance and 6.5m public & product liability insurance.


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Expert engineers
We are experienced engineers with strong technical backgrounds.


Irish location
Based in Ireland, we'll be with you quickly - ready with all the correct permits.


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