Commercial Drone Uses

There’s no denying drones are popular. Over the past few years, we’ve seen a dramatic increase of unmanned aircraft carriers taking to the sky. In fact, drones with cameras have already proven to be invaluable in terms of capturing events and even filming movies. Images previously accessible only by climbing into a helicopter are suddenly available to the general public, at prices ranging from super cheap to super pricey, depending on the buyer’s needs and budget.

Drone Outdoors

Commercial drones have also proven to be an incredible asset for civil engineering, land surveying, materials testing, and drilling services. However, commercial use of drone technology is still in its infancy. It wasn’t until August 2016 that commercial drone use was formally approved under a set of conditions. One such condition is that the person flying the drone has to have a remote pilot certificate with a small UAS (unmanned aircraft system) rating or be supervised by someone who has these credentials. This requires potential pilots to pass an aeronautical test at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center.

So what did commercial drone usage look like before last August? Well, for one, it was heavily regulated. In fact, Anderson Engineering was one of the first companies in Missouri to acquire FAA exemption. With three certified pilots on staff, we have been in the drone business for years.

How can this help you in your project?

Aerial Photography – With drone technology, we can quickly and efficiently complete environmental assessments, detect and identify change, and resolve property boundary disputes.

Aerial Inspections – Drone technology can be utilized to help determine the status of a project, site or development, all without the risks, liability and cost associated with a helicopter or other manned aircraft. Drone inspections can be performed at any property with multiple altitudes and positions.

Thermal Imaging – This technology allows for efficient completion of thorough thermographic inspections. Instrumental in industrial and construction areas, thermal imaging drones provide a way to inspect otherwise inaccessible buildings, powerlines, and photovoltaic systems.

Construction Site Progress – Drone technology likewise has made the task of estimating completion times and material needs easier by allowing us to accurately track the progress that is being made at any construction site. With a bird’s eye view of the project, we can more easily determine what materials are still needed in real-time, resulting in a more efficient process. 

Aerial Topography – Drone mapping provides the view that has been missing. With it, we can see terrain differentiation, slopes, ravines, ridges, and other defining features.

In short, Anderson Engineering’s ability to utilize drone technology in conjunction with our competitive, multi-faceted services provides tremendous value to clients across all industries and projects. Commercial drone usage might still be young, but we have been doing it for years to the benefit of our clients.

Have a question about how drones could help advance your project? Give us a call at 417.866.2741.