We get requests just about every day from companies all over the world asking about renting survey equipment.
Purchasing aerial, mobile, and terrestrial survey equipment is significant financial investment, especially for occasional or short-term projects.
We also meet many companies that are just entering the survey industry who need to win bids and succeed at a few projects before they are ready to buy, or maybe they are expanding into new applications.
This is where survey equipment rental becomes an attractive option. In this article, we will explore what you need to know to successfully rent survey equipment, focusing on survey aircraft, aerial survey lidar, and aerial survey large-format cameras.
Before delving into the specifics of survey equipment rental, let's address the fundamental question: why should you consider it in the first place?
Attention Equipment Owners! If you own survey equipment that is sitting idle, consider making it earn revenue for you as a rental. Keep reading to learn more about what equipment is in high demand, setting your terms, and minimizing risk.
Now that we've established the benefits of survey equipment rental, let's delve into the types of equipment that are in high demand and worth considering for your projects.
The large majority of our clients are engaged in large-scale aerial mapping and data collection, and require survey-modified aircraft with hatches. These survey aircraft integrate advanced technology to capture high-resolution images, lidar data, and other geospatial information.
Survey aircraft rental is particularly sought after for tasks like:
Companies that specialize in aerial survey aircraft rentals are informally called “Platformers.” They provide the “platform” that flies aerial survey equipment such as lidar and cameras. Most platformers provide the aircraft and a pilot. Others may also rent a sensor and even a sensor operator.
Attention Survey Aircraft Owners! If you own a survey aircraft that is sitting idle, consider listing it on our Survey Aircraft Leasing Marketplace! We can help you find renters.
This next section focuses on survey equipment rentals of lidar.
Lidar (Light Detection and Ranging) technology uses laser pulses to measure distances and create highly detailed 3D maps. Lidar is indispensable for various applications, including:
When renting survey lidar equipment, you will need to consider the sensor's resolution, range, and scanning speed to ensure it meets your project's requirements.
You should also make sure you are staffed with an experienced lidar operator and have the appropriate post-processing tools to interpret the data acquired by the lidar.
Which lidar systems do we see most in demand for rentals? Our most commonly requested systems are:
Large-format cameras are designed to capture high-resolution, georeferenced images from aerial platforms. These cameras support lower-altitude engineering applications and high-altitude orthophotography projects.
When renting large-format cameras, consider the camera's sensor size, resolution, and lens options to ensure it aligns with your project's objectives.
Which camera systems do we see most in demand for rentals? Our most commonly requested systems are:
Avoid the blur! In addition to renting aircraft, lidar, and cameras, we often get requests for gyro-stabilized mounts. If you have a GSM3000 or GSM4000 available for rent, let us help you find a renter.
Whether you are an owner or a renter, it's essential to understand the terms and conditions of a survey equipment rental agreement. Here are some key considerations:
Attention Equipment Owners! We have rental agreement templates that you can review and modify as you prefer.
While survey equipment rental offers numerous advantages, it's essential to mitigate potential risks. Here are some strategies to minimize risks::
For smaller equipment such as drones, drone lidar, terrestrial and hand-held lidar, you can find many reputable rental companies. Do thorough research and choose one with a track record of reliability and customer satisfaction. Read reviews, seek recommendations, and check references.
For larger equipment such as aerial lidar systems and cameras, you will be renting from private owners. You can reduce risk by working with an experienced broker and keeping the lines of communication open.
When you receive the rented equipment, conduct a thorough inspection to ensure it's in proper working condition. Document any pre-existing damage or issues. Do the same when you prepare the equipment for return.
Remember, you are renting a very expensive and fragile asset. It is in everyone’s best interest to take the appropriate amount of time to ensure the rental agreement is reviewed carefully, insurance is in place, and the proper steps are taken to ensure safe shipping and proper training. Rushing into a rental is not advised.
Attention Equipment Owners! We will ensure that you feel comfortable with any rental. You are responsible for executing the rental agreement with the renter, with the terms and conditions that are most appropriate for your business. We will advise you if we feel a rental is impractical or risky. Every rental needs to be a win-win for everyone involved.
Survey equipment rental provides a cost-effective and flexible solution for many companies in our industry.
By carefully considering your equipment needs, understanding rental terms and conditions, and mitigating risks, you can maximize the benefits of survey equipment rental.
Let aerialsurvey.com help you rent the equipment you need, or get your idle equipment earning for you as a rental.