Canadian Firm Expands UAS Fleet, Brings Services to U.S.

Edmonton, Alberta-based Stantec has expanded its unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) services by acquiring a new fleet of drones designed by Skycatch.

According to Stantec, the fleet will support the firm’s environmental, geomatics, community development, mining, architecture and transportation services by providing commercial surveying and mapping.

The multi-rotor systems will be located in Edmonton; Calgary, Alberta; Regina, Saskatchewan; Ottawa, Ontario; Santa Barbara, Calif.; Tucson, Ariz.; Reno, Nev.; and Salt Lake City.

With the unmanned devices, Stantec says it can process, view and share 3D information to staff and clients in a Web browser while using a secure, cloud-based data solution.

Stantec has commercially operated UAS across Canada since 2013 and will now have certified operators in the U.S., as well, under the new Part 107 rules.

Kevin Grover, UAS operations manager for Stantec, says, “The Skycatch system provides everything we need in one package that is easy to use. This will allow us to provide clients with detailed 3D terrain and high-resolution imagery much faster than before.”

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