Michael Baker International, a provider of engineering, consulting, planning, technical and professional services, says it has received a Section 333 exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate several types of UAS.
Specifically, according to the exemption grant, the company is authorized to fly the PrecisionHawk Lancaster III, DJI Phantom 2 Vision+, DJI Phantom 3 and DJI Inspire 1.
Michael Baker, which has more than 5,000 employees in over 90 offices across the U.S. and internationally, says it can now capture real-time aerial photographs and video, as well as conduct aerial mapping, for clients that need surveys or inspections of a site. The company recently demonstrated the technology on several projects, including condition assessments at a former children's hospital and crop health assessments for agriculture.
‘Our UAS capability builds upon the company's full continuum of innovative solutions that immediately enhance time frames for planning and executing projects in surface transportation, utilities infrastructure, land development, pipelines and many other markets,’ says Robert Hanson, senior vice president and the firm's geospatial practice leader.
‘Integrating our FAA-certified unmanned aircraft program with our other advanced data collection capabilities allows us to take data collection to an entirely new level for our clients,” he adds. “Through our licensed pilots and certified operators, we are better able to gather data more safely and efficiently – which represents immediate short- and long-term value.’