Minnesota DOT testing drones for bridge inspections with amazing results

Minnesota DOT testing drones for bridge inspections with amazing results

Crossroads, a Minnesota transportation research blog, just reported the research results of a 3 part study that the Minnesota Department of Transportation is conducting with using UAVs for bridge inspections. Two parts of the study have been completed and the results are a stunning affirmation of how drones are a safer alternative, while also saving time and money.

Need thermal inspection? Some helpful tips on choosing a resource

Need thermal inspection? Some helpful tips on choosing a resource

If you’ve decided it’s time for a thermal inspection, then you need to find a thermal inspection resource that can supply you with accurate data and reports. Here is some helpful info about what to look for.

Using thermal inspection yet? Do so with drones!

Using thermal inspection yet? Do so with drones!

Is that flat rook leaking? Does that new building you’re contemplating purchasing wasting energy with insulation issues? With recent innovations in drone and thermal technology, you can now get answers quickly and accurately.

Why using drone-based cameras are ideal for façade inspections

Why using drone-based cameras are ideal for façade inspections

Drones are changing the way façade and roof inspections are conducted, providing more and better (!) data, more safely, more quickly, less obtrusively, and far less expensively. View a drone-obtained image of trees growing from a steeple and be amazed.

Trump receptive to reducing drone regulations

On Thu, June 22, 2017, US President Trump conducted a high-profile meeting with leaders of Sprint, AT&T, Precisionhawk,  AirMap, Airspace Inc, and Kespry.  In this public forum, the focus was on how the government uses technology and policy challenges facing that industry.

Trump was in favor of reducing regulations – including drone regulations – in order to help spur business and keep US companies competitive.

Prior to this meeting, the team met with regulators at the FAA and the Dept of Transportion.  The group requested greater freedom to operate drones and continuing their push for relaxed rules that require UAVs to only be operated in specific areas, during daylight, and within a VLOS (Visual Line of Sight). 

While first indications look quite promising, we’ll see how much Trump’s administration is able to carry through on his wishes.

Read more details, along with quotes from attendees at Recode.

Trump & drones?

In our world of drones, all eyes will be on the White House tomorrow, as Trump meets with tech entrepreneurs and VC folks about emerging technologies ... drones being one of them. What will be the outcome?

CEOs from Kespry (drone manufacturer) and Precisionhawk (drone platform company) are sure to press hard for less stringent regulations. Let's face it - drones are here and here to stay.  Yet, federal agencies have been able to keep pace with the onslaught of UAVs in the marketplace. 

Aside from being the toy or gadget of choice these last few years, drones are allowing many organization to recognize significant cost-savings and efficiencies for a myriad of industries - agriculture, construction, development, movie & TV production, etc. 

One of the regulations that may become part of the conversation is the restriction known as VLOS - visual-line-of-sight - rules. Right now, UAV operators need to maintain VLOS at all times ... if not the pilot, then an assistant. Yet with today's intelligent systems, VLOS is becoming less and less of a necessity, at least with FAA 107-certified pilots. We'll see what happens!

New smart clothing technology for construction workers aims to save lives

The smart clothing technology industry is a rapidly growing one, despite the fact that virtually nobody is wearing any of it yet. The vast majority of the devices remain in their prototype phase. That said, many are becoming funded or have already achieved their funding and could be seen on store shelves in upcoming months and years.