May 24

Unmanned Aerial Systems – one tool in the geospatial toolbox

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) have become an established tool in the survey, mapping, and engineering fields. Incorporating these aerial imaging and mapping platforms into our services is adding new dimensions and perspectives as we measure, observe, and inspect project sites and structures. This technology excels in situations where site safety and accessibility are a concern. Due to its ease of mobilization, UAS provides an economical means to frequently monitor or measure a site.

Inspection/Observation Applications

While UAS may never replace the human element of a professional inspection or construction observation, this technology has proven to be a useful tool to provide new aerial perspectives. Applications to apply UAS acquired high definition imagery and video include:

  • Scouting missions prior to “hands-on” structural inspection
  • Construction progress monitoring
  • Structural condition reports
  • Documentation for traffic and parking studies
  • Storm damage assessment

Mapping Applications

UAS systems can support high-accuracy topographic mapping and 3D modeling. This technology provides high-definition surface models for contour generation and volumetric calculations with rapid deployments and quick turnaround times. Unmanned aerial systems are especially effective at mapping sites that require frequent updates, and to provide access to potentially hazardous work environments.

Ayres Associates uses flight planning and data processing software specifically designed for UAS technologies. Skilled aerial mapping technicians employ customized workflows and quality checks to ensure that data will be delivered to meet your needs. 

Our mapping capabilities include:

  • Digital surface models and contour generation
  • Volumetric analysis and topographic change detection
  • High-resolution orthoimagery
  • Planimetric mapping
  • 3D modeling

Qualified UAS Pilots

Successful projects start with safety. Ayres Associates completes all UAS projects in accordance with the FAA’s Part 107 regulations. Our pilots in command are all properly certified and complete strict internal training, both in an office setting and in the field. All personnel follow strict safety protocols and have invested the time needed to understand and appreciate the risks of the work environment before deployment of UAS equipment.

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