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We use state of the art drones, LiDAR, and other equipment to be the eyes in the sky, on the ground, and below the water’s surface. We use the latest data tools to analyze, visualize, and understand. We use spatial tools, 3D models, and virtual/augmented reality to communicate our insights.

We’ve uncovered hidden cities in Cambodia, monitored Canadian LNG projects from ground to corporate offices in real time, and created crowd-sourcing apps to help improve neighborhoods. Working with our clients, we develop custom solutions to help them understand more than just the map, but a comprehensive landscape of valuable data.

GIS & Spatial Analysis

GIS technology allows us to improve our decision-making, create cost savings for clients and manage projects with accuracy. Along with our GIS software, we can better understand the spaces where we work and answer questions with confidence. At the core of our offerings, our Spatial Analysis service is all about finding the optimal route or selecting the best spot for a new plant build. Based on project scope, we provide our expertise to identify challenges and solve problems by creating intuitive project data management services.

  • Change / progress detection
  • Well & pad optimized design
  • Drainage analysis
  • Data collection
  • Web based mapping (2D and 3D)
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Paper Maps
  • Spatial optimization
  • Cut / fill
  • Drainage / hydrology
  • Pile / pit volumes
  • Public engagement
  • Crowd sourcing
  • Asset management
  • Field data collector apps
  • Field conditions assessments
  • Wayfinding
  • BIM Building Information Modeling
  • Project data management
  • Integrated site plans
  • Land use maps

To learn more about our online GIS and 3D modelling courses for mineral exploration click here.

LiDAR on helicopter

Remote 3D Laser Scanning

Whether collecting data from a helicopter or a boat, McElhanney provides accurate data and models once thought impossible. Without even touching down at a site, we can deliver a high-quality service with no disturbance for our clients.

  • Manned aircraft scanning including fixed wing or helicopters
  • Mobile scanning including trucks, ATVs and boats
  • Terrestrial scanning
  • As-built design
  • Architecture and culture heritage documentation
  • Civil engineering and monitoring
  • Topography and mining
Drones and Robotics

Drones & Robotics

McElhanney has taken the lead in this emerging discipline of UAVs and has become an early adopter. We fly, drive and float with some of the most sophisticated technology on the market for a safer and faster deliverable.

  • UAVs and UMVs
  • 2D and 3D modelling
  • Progress measurements
  • Waterbody depth surveys including 3D models and cross sections
  • Tailing ponds, borrow pits, reservoirs
  • Volumes
  • Sedimentation change detection
  • 3D model and profiles
  • Hazardous water operation in swift, contaminated environmentally sensitive and difficult to access water
  • Underwater object detection and imagery
  • Bridge or asset inspection
  • Vegetation monitoring using Colour Infrared and NDVI image


From data collection to final deliverable, McElhanney’s custom mapping products can help you identify key features of your project area, including sensitive areas, important boundaries, routes, and more. Below, are a few of the ways we can transform your project data into presentation-ready, interactive maps:

  • Aerial mapping
  • Topographic, planimetric mapping
  • Terrestrial scanning
  • Point clouds
  • Orthophotography
  • 3D Orthophoto colorized DEM
  • 3D structure models
  • Volume calculations
  • Pipeline mapping
  • Transmission line mapping
Augmented reality

Visualization & Virtual/Augmented Reality

McElhanney offers a range of visualization products to transform your project data into presentation-ready, user-friendly maps and renderings.

  • Video fly-throughs
  • Photogrammetry
  • Point clouds
  • Supervised / unsupervised classification
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Video VR / AR
  • Well pad and road optimization
  • As-built 3D modeling
  • 3D corridor mapping
  • Deformation monitoring

To learn more about our visualization, virtual, and augmented reality services, visit our feature page here.



Vertisee is a web-based platform that integrates the power of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with easy-to-use maps. It allows our clients to access project-by-project site data from any internet browser, at any time.