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Drone Use for Industry


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A presentation given during the 39th Annual NCPA Concrete Paving Workshop. By Digital Sky

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Drone Use for Industry

  1. 1. WHAT IS Nebraska’s Most Advanced Drone Service Provider Global Client-Base, but True to Our Roots Specialists in Both Creative and Industrial Drone Use
  2. 2. WHAT IS A DRONE?
  3. 3. DRONES: A BRIEF HISTORY World War I World War II War in Afghanistan Present Day
  4. 4. THE DRONE EXPLOSION Technological Advancements Lowering Costs of Components Social Media Drone Explosion=++
  5. 5. DRONES FOR INDUSTRY Before During After
  6. 6. BEFORE THE PROJECT Aerial Photography for Proposals and Marketing Aerial Mapping for Planning and Design Existing Site Features Topography with Contour Lines Digital Elevation Models Collection of 3D Point Data
  10. 10. THEN WHAT? What types of outputs will be needed? Do our financials support our needs? Do we have the skill and knowledge to perform the work?
  11. 11. $ $$$ More Skill Less Skill Progress Update Photos Marketing Videos Aerial Mapping Flying Just to “Take a look” Point Clouds Pizza Delivery
  12. 12. THEN WHAT? (contd.) What types of outputs will be needed? Do our financials support our needs? Do we have the skill and knowledge to perform the work? In House or Hire It Out?
  13. 13. DRONING ON YOUR OWN Commercial Drone use is Regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration ”Commercial” is defined as “any time the drone is used to advance business interests.” To operate a commercial drone, one must become a licensed remote pilot. Requires passing $150 proctored exam with a 70%. Pass a background check. Wait for license in mail. After that, following all regulations in part 107 is mandatory. Follow all 43 federal regulations pertaining to drones. Register aircraft, receive airspace authorization, don’t fly over people, etc. Fines up to $11,000 per occurrence for not only the person flying the drone, but the company that hires
  14. 14. JUSTIN KYSERDirector of Flight Operations GIVE US A CALL! 402.413.1089 or 402.239.8764
  15. 15. SUPPLEMENTAL: DRONES + ACCURACY Relative Accuracy Also known as Local Accuracy. Can be increased through various image capture and software methods. Does 1 foot really equal 1 foot? Absolute Accuracy Comparison between an actual coordinate system, and the drone map. If a high level of absolute accuracy exists, gps coordinates will more or less match up. Can be increased by using ground control and/or RTK based imaging systems. Our Experience: Relative Accuracy is easy. Absolute Accuracy of 1-3 cm can be achieved but is difficult.
  16. 16. SUPPLEMENTAL: REPLACING THE WORK OF SURVEYORS! Not So Fast… Drones can do better at supplementing some of the legwork of a survey crew, but a licensed surveyor is still required if the output from the drone is going to be used as a legal survey. We find it best to work in conjunction with surveyors to help obtain the most accurate data, if that is what’s needed.
  17. 17. SUPPLEMENTAL: WHAT ABOUT LIDAR? PROS Higher Point Density than image derived point clouds. Better quality in areas of dense vegetation. CONS Very, Very, Very expensive to implement. Lower flight times when working on electric driven systems.
  18. 18. SUPPLEMENTAL: THE NEBRASKA DRONE BILL Introduced by Senator Carol Blood Greatly limits the ability for commercial drone operators to do their jobs. Would give landowners permission to say “No drones allowed over my property, or else.” Preemption of Federal Aviation Regulations. Doesn’t do anything to “increase public safety.”