Considerations for Planning and Managing UAS in Projects

Alta Vista Solutions, Inc. Edward Greutert is a professional engineer with more than 25 years of experience providing solutions to federal and commercial clients. He is currently the Principal Engineer for UAS Systems Engineering and Regional Manager of Alta Vista Solutions, Inc and a board member of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. He is responsible for the delivery of professional services in the UAS market for government and commercial clients. He is focused on integrating UAS as a tool to facilitate infrastructure inspections and monitoring programs to collect and assess data. His company develops detailed plans that pinpointing retrofit concerns, using less time and fewer resources. Their approach provides a more thorough analysis, with less service interruption and lower personal risk than would have been achieved using a traditional approach to the inspection. He is a published author and speaker on environmental and UAS technical topics and most recently spoken on the topic of UAS systems engineering and integration at the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) national conference, Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), American Society of Civil Engineers, Caltrans, and other organizations.

UAS Design & Construction

Drone technology is already having a significant impact on the way AEC professionals design and operate. Small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs/UAS), commonly called drones, are gaining in popularity not only among the general public and consumers, but also among professionals working in the AEC industry. Today’s drones pack a big punch by helping project managers, site engineers, design and construction teams build instant ROI with jobsite-ready maps and models. Time and again, drones save money, reduce downtime, and improve safety on construction projects.

Znap Fly: Kevin Moses is the Operations Manager for Aerial flight and Drone Technology at Znap Fly, LLC. While working in the construction industry Kevin obtained his pilot’s license and has hundreds of hours logged in single engine aircraft. At the same time he began flying drones before the advent of government regulations. Now as one of the early FAA licensed part 107 Drone Pilots, Kevin’s mission is to bring aviation knowledge and experience paired with his construction knowhow as an advocate for Drone use on construction projects of all types. He plans and executes UAS missions to support Engineering firms providing land survey data, low altitude orthomosaic data for utility locating, as well as volume measurement for stockpiles throughout California.

Chris Smith is the Business Development Director for Znap Fly, LLC, and oversees map planning and processing for UAS missions for Znap Fly. He plans UAS missions supporting Engineering firms andprocesses land survey data, orthomosaic map data, as well as volume measurement reports. In addition to his UAS expertise, Chris has over 20 years of experience supporting A&E teams performing data collection and design for Environmental Hazardous Materials Construction projects.

The Assessment of Environmental Resources Through UAS Technology

Projects in California can face many regulatory hurdles on their path to completion. One major challenge is the environmental impacts evaluation process. Both state and federal government require extensive documentation and impact assessment of the biological and cultural resources that exist on project sites. The emergence of UAS technology has allowed for the streamlined identification, mapping, and cataloging of these resources, and implementation of UAS for environmental resources work can save significant time and money for some projects. This presentation will discuss the opportunities in using UAS for project development, from site constraints through project construction, best practices for implementing UAS for environmental resources studies, methods for achieving the best value when engaging vendors for these services, and understanding when to consider using UAS for a project.

Ecorp Consulting, Inc.: Dave Krolick is the Corporate Manager for Spatial Information Technology at ECORP Consulting, Inc. He oversees the firm’s geospatial program and guides ECORP’s mapping, geospatial and field data collection programs. His background is in environmental modeling and for the past 15 years he has brought mapping and modeling solutions to biological resources, cultural resources, and water projects in California. His main area of interest is leveraging technology to solve challenging problems with a focus on lidar, UAS, and cartography.

Andrew Myers is a GIS Specialist at ECORP Consulting, Inc. and is one of the lead pilots and mission planners in the firm’s UAS program. He has planned and implemented UAS missions to support technical studies, permitting, CEQA compliance, and proposal efforts on projects throughout California. In addition to his UAS expertise, he has a decade-long background in cultural resources management and field data collection.

Best Practices in Starting & Operating a Drone Survey Program

Flying a drone is easy, but creating a successful drone surveying program is complex. Drone technology presents a huge opportunity to survey firms look to grow their businesses despite a nationwide shortage of hireable survey staff. However, surveyors need to be sure they are getting the best accuracy and business benefits from their drone program. This seminar will cover key lessons Aerotas has learned from starting drone programs for hundreds of surveyors nationwide and completing thousands of drone photogrammetry projects. They will also share a recent case study from post-Thomas Fire reconstruction in Ventura, and photogrammetry & linework from the SAGE drone demo. Attendees will be sent a copy of the final linework from the SAGE drone demo.

Aerotas: Daniel Katz is co-founder of Aerotas, where he has helped hundreds of surveyors nationwide start surveying by drone with industry-leading accuracy. Daniel regularly speak at survey conference across the country, and is a regular contributor to Point of Beginning and state survey association magazines.