Through a newly issued commercial exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Hanson Professional Services Inc. – an employee-owned consulting firm providing engineering, planning and allied services – is adding drone services.
Hanson petitioned for the exemption June 30 to use an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to collect data as part of its engineering, planning and surveying services. The firm says it will use a DJI Inspire 1 quadcopter and will add fixed-wing aircraft in the future. Brandon Tanner, engineer in training, is the firm’s pilot in command.
The drones will be used for services such as inspections, mapping, surveys, photography and videography of project sites; project corridor planning; wetland delineations; flood monitoring; utility corridor inspections, vegetation management and coal ash stockpile and impoundment volume surveys for power companies; and aviation obstruction surveying for airport runways.
“By adding UAS services, we can offer new approaches and additional capabilities to clients,” notes Matt Schrader, a professional land surveyor and a vice president and national geospatial technical leader at Hanson, which is based in Springfield, Ill., and has locations throughout the U.S.