Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — drones — are now critical tools in the collection of data quickly and efficiently. As one of the first firms to earn certification for commercial use from the Federal Aviation Administration and Transport Canada, we bring deep experience in capturing high-resolution photos and video, thermal imagery, construction data, equipment condition reports and more — and we understand how to use this information.

Applications range from collecting information on wetland areas without setting foot on them to inspecting the condition of elevated power equipment without leaving the ground. The benefits to project efficiency, accessibility and safety are changing budgets and timelines for the better.

This new drone technology is being put to the test. Our team of geospatial professionals, engineers and data specialists are inspecting critical utility equipment — transmission lines, substations, plants and landfills. The collected data is being compared to results from traditional data collection, evaluating cost, time, efficiency and data quality.

Technologies & Platforms

Depending on the data that is needed, we implement UAVs and UAS of varying types. Fixed-wing drones can cover a large area, a corridor or plant site. A quadcopter can hover to allow a tower or nest inspection. Each flight can be tailored to the project with specialized cameras, custom flight paths and other equipment capabilities.

Operations & Piloting

Our in-house team is trained to handle the full spectrum of UAV work, avoiding the added costs of subcontracting. We have a range of vehicles that can be dispatched to provide the correct functionality for every project.

Data Integration

The flight itself is just the beginning. The UAS datasets collected include data distances, depth, width, temperature and other metrics. Our specialists run that data through various applications to produce design, construction and planning aids. It can then be used to make detailed calculations, plan for growth, adjust timelines and identify other operational needs.

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