The Rise of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Inspires SEPI to Lift Off

UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) or drone devices are becoming more widely used in the A/E/C industry as a method to gather data more efficiently.

Often times, capturing project images and associated data with a drone is quicker, more accurate, less invasive, and safer than many types of traditional ground-based methods. SEPI’s Asset Management & Maintenance Services (AM&M) group envisions utilizing drone technology to supplement our transportation inventory and assessment operations and help facilitate disaster relief efforts.

SEPI’s understanding of how a transportation asset changes over its life cycle; whether it’s a highway, roadway, bridge, sidewalk, or greenway; provides a critical perspective in developing an effective AM&M program to reduce long-term operating costs and to conduct emergency response services when the need arises.

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Our AM&M services are enhanced by staff with experience in the planning, design, and construction of major forms of transportation infrastructure. This includes FAA Certified Drone Pilot staff such as CJ Jackson, Geospatial System Specialist, located in our Belhaven office. CJ has 12 years of experience providing GIS services including seven years with the NCDOT. As a certified drone pilot, he has experience piloting UAS devices for post-storm events, natural disasters, and emergency operations.

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Call on SEPI to support your project needs for the following types of UAS service areas:

  • Data collection for 3D visualization models
  • Monitoring environmental issues: algae blooms, sand migration, mapping SAVs, rockslides, etc.
  • Monitoring drainage areas: drainage areas, retention ponds, runoff, etc.
  • Monitoring environmentally sensitive areas: stream and wetlands, riparian barriers, etc.
  • Inspection with Thermal Imaging: heat loss
  • Live streaming capabilities: evacuation routes, potential detours, support for traffic control, traffic studies, traffic timing, etc.
  • Bird’s-eye view of right-of-ways and easements: power lines, water/sewer lines, gas lines, etc.
  • Documentation of storm damage: live streaming views for officials, photo/video documentation, etc.
  • Inspections: traffic signal poles, large signs, large structures

SEPI’s Geomatics group also utilizes drone technology on smaller sites to achieve additional efficiency in a variety of services including as-built surveys, topographic surveys, volume calculations, and to efficiently locate designated utilities. Drones enable staff to accelerate delivery of data and provide accurate information, even on active sites, without safety and productivity being impacted.

Let’s work together! Contact us today for your project needs.