Reliability for measuring "holes in the ground" (Quarries; Sand Pits)

I have a client who wishes to measure the void volume of a sand pit (negative volume). I’ve heard it said that “below ground” volumetrics using DD are not as reliable as “above ground” volumetrics. Can anyone chime in on this? Is there a recommended technique to ensure an accurate measurement for pits? What is the margin of error? Thanks in advance…

You might check out these documents from our FAQ page and blog.

How Accurate is My Map?

Drone-based Volume Measurement
New Elevation And Volume Tools For Mining and Construction
Drone Maps Enable Instant, Accurate Volume Analysis

Feel free to contact us if you have any other questions.

No issues here. We have tested voids, ponds and stockpiles against traditional survey and there is little more than 2-3% error across the board. Verified by trucking as well. That was more like 5%, but we already know truck ticket aren’t always right.