No longer just a hi-tech toy – drones are becoming an indispensable tool in helping understand the lay of the land.

Surveyors say unmanned aerial vehicles have become a common piece of equipment within their industry – the devices not only save time, but potentially the skin of staff.

Kris Gough, senior surveyor at Lower Hutt and Kapiti based surveying, engineering and resource planning business Cuttriss, said about 20 per cent of the company’s surveying work had involved the use of drones since they began using them in August last year.

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