Technical Q&A: Getting Business Done with Drones
Technical Q&A: Getting Business Done with Drones
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Technical Q&A: Getting Business Done with Drones
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Companies save time and money on projects by flying missions with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Q: How can companies save time and money on projects by flying missions with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones?

A: With UAVs, we’re able to capture high-resolution images and sweeping video, but that’s not all. UAVs use remote sensors that focus on specific parts of the light spectrum to collect valuable data that can identify vegetation health, wetland areas, surface temperatures and more. That information can efficiently produce detailed design, construction and planning aids — from 3-D modeling and thermal imagery to wildlife and cultural monitoring.

At Burns & McDonnell, we’ve used data collected by UAVs to help design and inspect gas, oil and electric plants, substations, electric transmission lines, gas pipelines, landfills and more. This allowed personnel to capture high-quality data without risking their safety.

In addition to providing safe, cost-effective solutions for tasks on many projects, UAVs also reduce the need for environmental permits that can require a major effort and stall projects. Using UAVs, we’ve collected data over wetland areas without setting foot on them, saving a substantial amount of time and money.

Burns & McDonnell has a specialized internal team trained to handle the company’s UAV work. Without this in-house team, this work would most likely have to be subcontracted at a much higher cost. Because the technology is so efficient and cost-effective, our firm is steadily building a fleet of UAVs that are being dispatched on projects for clients across the company.

Steve Santovasi

Steve Santovasi is the department manager for geospatial services at Burns & McDonnell. Connect with him on LinkedIn or call directly at 203-294-2361.

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