TOPODRONE Announced as Finalist for AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards

March 14, 2023 – Montreux, Switzerland – TOPODRONE, a Swiss based designer and manufacturer of high-precision surveying equipment, has been named as a finalist in the XCELLENCE IN TECHNOLOGY of the XCELLENCE Awards by the Association for Uncrewed Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI). TOPODRONE AQUAMAPPER was selected from a pool of accomplished applicants as one of several finalists.


TOPODRONE AQUAMAPPER is a drone-based solution for bathymetric surveying and marine construction. The multitasking data collecting device is designed for a wide range of applications in the maritime branch and other water sources. The product mounted on a UAV provides a combination of high-speed efficiency (up to 14 km/h) and accuracy, successfully challenging conventional surveying methods. It is a PPK ready solution, compatible with DJI Matrice 300 RTK. The combination of GNSS and Inertial measurement system helps to get accurate results after data post processing providing a new standard of accuracy, efficiency and flexibility.

“This year, XPONENTIAL is all about designing a shared plan for the future of autonomy,” said Keely Griffith, Vice President of Strategic Programs at AUVSI. “There’s no better place to announce the 2023 XCELLENCE award finalists. Together, they are redefining what’s possible with uncrewed and robotic technology.”


AUVSI’s XCELLENCE Awards honor innovators with a demonstrated commitment to advancing autonomy, leading and promoting safe adoption of uncrewed systems and developing programs that use these technologies to save lives and improve the human condition.

“We developed AQUAMAPPER throughout 2022 and first presented the product at Intergeo 2022. Within half a year our solution has been applied in a number of European countries, USA, Israel, the Philippines and many other locations for bathymetric surveying and mapping. The key application areas include but are not limited to mining, construction, renewable energy and many more”, Maxim Baklykov, TOPODRONE CEO, explains.

Winners will be announced at XPONENTIAL 2023 on May 8-11 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO. Learn more about the AUVSI XCELLENCE awards here.


TOPODRONE is a Swiss based designer and manufacturer of high-precision surveying equipment for installation on UAVs, vehicles and backpacks. TOPODRONE’s hardware (LiDARs, high resolзution cameras and PPK) are used for mapping and 3D modeling. Application areas include but are not limited to forest and agricultural monitoring, construction and urban planning, and bathymetry. TOPODRONE’s advanced post-processing software provides users with easy-to-use innovative data processing workflows for automatic data generation, georeferencing and alignment using GNSS and IMU data post processing, and SLAM algorithms. For more information, visit


The Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) — the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of uncrewed systems and robotics — represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in industry, government, and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets. For more information, visit


Co-hosted by AUVSI and Messe Düsseldorf North America, XPONENTIAL is the leading annual gathering for global leaders and end users of uncrewed technologies. Founded on a belief that cross-pollination drives innovation, it’s the only event designed to advance the entire autonomy ecosystem. Each year, the show welcomes thousands of the industry’s top minds to cultivate collaboration, spark new ideas, and this year, build the blueprint for autonomy. XPONENTIAL is a catalyst – helping each attendee transform their vision into real opportunities. For more information, visit