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Small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) vehicles, commonly known as drones, are gaining popularity in the Design and Construction Industry as an acceptable alternative to traditional aircraft or ground visual inspection data collection and recording methods.  Drones utilized in commercial applications can only be operated by FAA Licensed UAS Pilots. (FAA, 14 CFR part 107)

Gale employs sUAS pilots who have passed and been certified under the FAA, 14 CFR part 107 for aeronautical knowledge and risk management. As required by the FAA, Gale adheres to the operational requirements of part 107 for sUAS flights, including pre-flight checklists, airspace regulations, and flight log recommendations. A certified pilot will be the Remote Pilot in Command and will have an additional staff member on site during sUAS operation to maintain flight safety.

Gale is currently using drone technology to advance the following services:

  • Building Inspection

    Cost-effective and comprehensive analysis of various applications such as high definition building or site photography/video

  • Photogrammetric survey of topography or facilities on project sites
  • Building inspection – particularly useful on fire or storm damages buildings or when access is difficult or unsafe
  • High Definition roof, tower and facility visual inspections (versus crane, scaffolding, or other portable lift apparatus)
  • Access and inspection of hard to reach building areas (historic slate roofs, towers, steeples, etc.)
  • Access to impassable areas and structures due to natural disasters (hurricanes, flooding, mudslides, etc.)
  • Terrain and facility feature photogrammetry
  • Photographic documentation of existing conditions, areas which may requiring additional investigation, or repairs (high rise façade inspections)
  • Periodic construction process photography and time-lapse analysis
  • Creation of 3D models of buildings and sites
  • Development of orthomosaic Images of sites/road/transportation systems to develop base drawings/site renderings
  • Aviation facility obstruction measurement, tagging and analysis

 

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