Volumetric surveys are performed for several logical reasons. Primary examples would be for obtaining the volume of material stockpiles; determining an amount of required fill for large scale dig outs such as quarries or burrow pits; and quantifying change-over-time volume for instances of determining the amount of material removed in comparison to a prior survey.
Typical volume surveys involve measurements for coal yards and other examples of stockpiled materials, quarries, mines, landfills, retention and excavation ponds, lakes and dam capacities.
The science of volumetric surveying can be complex and involves employing the latest in survey technology using GPS positioning, laser and unmanned aerial systems and computer generated 3D modeling software to deliver highly accurate volume measurements. Alphatec Surveyors utilizes a highly advanced topographical survey method that details stockpile or pit volume data with 3D sectional imagery, profile mapping data and/or photography.