Who “V” Are and What “V” Do

“Great customer service from a great team. Oliver and Walter are exemplary technicians and passionate about producing products that truly innovate. They have been a tremendous help in moving forward our business application and their technology is crucial to our clients satisfaction and ultimate success.” – Adam Watts (Desert Drones Imagery)

Founded: 2008
President: Walter Volkmann
Operations Manager:Oliver Volkmann
Location: Gainesville, Florida, USA
Vision: Unmanned or remotely controlled aerial vehicles will have a huge impact on future geospatial operations.
Mission: To identify sustainable and appropriate civilian geospatial applications of unmanned or remotely controlled vehicles; to support and provide efficient, cost effective, safe and responsible geospatial solutions; to develop self sustainable UAS operations internationally.

Meet the “V-Team”

Walter Volkmann

President | Geodetic & Cadastral Surveyor | Geo-Spatial Solutions Specialist

Born and raised in Namibia, southern Africa, Walter Volkmann is the son and grandson of Land Surveyors. Graduating with a B.Sc. Engineering (Survey) from the University of Natal in 1980, Walter began an exciting career of challenging projects which have taken him around the world. Walter has pioneered GPS applications in surveying tasks on the ground and in the air; mentored survey students, trained company and government employees – and consulted to International Aid Organizations and Governments. He has provided expert advice in the development of strategies to deliver countrywide GNSS positioning services and has assisted survey offices in the utilization of new technologies to improve overall efficiency in the preparation of land titles. Walter’s areas of expertise comprise geodetic, cadastral, topographic, and photogrammetric surveying, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), UAS operations and general management of survey projects. Walter’s classical education in surveying has presented him with many opportunities to identify and provide innovative geospatial solutions in rural and urban settings. His practical, pioneering experience in various parts of the world has given him a special perspective of how new technologies can be appropriately applied to address geo-spatial challenges in developing environments.

Oliver Volkmann

Oliver Volkmann

Operations Manager

In 2011 Walter was joined in Micro Aerial Projects by Oliver Volkmann, his son, who grew up in Namibia helping Walter on survey projects, watching and learning to develop solutions to a wide variety of challenges. With a background in the IB system and business training, Oliver has worked as a GIS Analyst with a GIS based company and as International Distribution and Sales Manager of a European U.A.V. manufacturer. Oliver has partnered with Walter in the development of the V-Map system. He has traveled extensively around the world to train and support enterprises in the development of UAV operation capacities. Oliver’s innovative drive and initiative to improve safety and efficiency in UAV operations have earned him the friendship of an international network of UAV enthusiasts and enterprises.

Walter and Oliver Volkmann


Our History: from the Stars and Greenwich Mean Time to SUAS….
surveying the bush in the 1980s
surveying in the Namibian bush in the 1980's
collapsed survey tower 1980's
survey crew in Namibia in the 1980's
tools for processing survey work on location in Namibia in the 1980's
Walter Volkmann using GPS for the first time in Namibian surveying
early days of surveying with GPS in Africa
quad bike GPS surveying in Namibia
surveying with a quad bike in Africa
taking the kids on survey missions in Namibia
Walter Volkmann teaching new survey methods in Namibia
surveying in Namibia with the help of a helicopter
accessing remote areas of Namibia on a survey job using helicopters
GPS receiver set up in south Florida
the V-Map system for aerial mapping
geospatial work at mines
UAV repairs by Oliver Volkmann
V-map system on a UAV
small UAV mapping
showing small UAV photography to the young
aerial photography in Italy with small UAVs
using small UAVs for mapping in Ghana
V-map system on show at the World Bank in Washington, D.C.
Oliver consulting
Oliver consulting in China
the V-Map team in Tirana
Oliver giving a demonstration
mapping project in Albania using small uavs
Oliver explaining a small UAV platform
on the job explanations of how small uavs work
surveying an dmapping in Africa
using a small uav to survey and map a village
surveying an African village
inspecting solar panels
uav training
using the V-Map system
UAV cell phone tower inspections done by Micro Aerial Projects in Africa
V-Map Air on Action Drone AD2
V-Map rapid control system on the job
Accurately surveying validation points with V-Map for no GCP mapping
Walter and Oliver Volkmann
Custom UAS Solutions
New Maps
Bateleur UAV up and into the air
villagers seeing uav photos of their village
3D model
survey marker on the Namibian/Angolan border
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In the slideshow above you will see a historical sampling of the surveying, mapping and photographic methods used by Walter and Oliver Volkmann.  From early days of triangulating from the stars in the wilderness of Africa to the development of their cutting edge V-Map system for aerial mapping from small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), they have a wealth of experience in using, adapting or putting together different platforms for a variety of purposes.  Together they strive to provide cost effective solutions to meet the unique challenges facing their clients anywhere in the world.