Using Ground Control Points for Drone Flights

Freelance Contributor

In a recent webinar (watch it here), Aaron Ames from POWER Engineers told us about a recent project, a transmission line project in Arizona. Aaron explained that drones were the best option for aerial imaging for this project as they offer a reduced footprint in an area with sensitive plants and wildlife, namely saguaro cacti, which enjoy heavy protections. Under Arizona state law, any development in this area must account for each cactus when planning for future structures and roads. Prior to UAV technology, POWER Engineers would likely have used manned aircraft (at a greater cost) or a ground survey crew (more expensive, more disruptive, more overall risk). For this particular job, drones were the most efficient and effective tool.  Continue reading →