The Top 7 Drone Visionaries in 7 Commercial Markets – Civil Infrastructure

Whether it’s being able to inspect a bridge from the air just as easily as from the water or addressing critical infrastructure inspections in an entirely new way, drones are clearly having a significant impact on the approach civil infrastructure organizations are able to take. Enabling success with drones in civil engineering isn’t always a…

FAA Declares Exclusive Authority over Drone Operations

On July 20th the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a press release announcing its total control over drone operations in the country’s airspace. The statement unequivocally declares that the federal agency has exclusive authority over aircraft operations—including unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs)—within navigable airspace, although it allows that state and local governments can regulate landing sites.…

Redefining the “R” in ROI for Commercial Drone Programs with Kittyhawk – an interview with Joshua Ziering and Jon Hegranes

The first half of 2018 saw some major announcements from Kittyhawk, the company dedicated to unifying the mission, aircraft, and data to empower safe and effective drone operations. New features that enabled drone operators to conduct automated flights were announced at the very beginning of the year, while their collaboration with Jeppesen has enabled them…

Making Drone Technology Credible for Surveyors and Engineers

It wasn’t so long ago that the only time a surveyor or engineer would ever operate a drone was in their free time. In industries like surveying and engineering, accuracy and reliability are absolutely essential, and so surveyors have been rightly skeptical to adopt the technology until it can be proven to be reliably accurate.…

Improving Worker Safety With Drones

Dangerous work is par for the course in many different industries. In 2016, 5,190 people died while on the job, making for an average of more than 14 work-related deaths per day. While eliminating all of the risk that comes with some jobs is unlikely, it is important to find ways to reduce employee risk…