Services Provided Construction UAS

Services provided to construction companies.

Track the Progress of Ongoing Projects

In addition to helping to identify new sites, drones can enable utilities and power companies to monitor progress on construction projects. “Not only can drones measure progress in real-time, but they can also improve safety while saving time and money,” Drone Examiner notes.

UAS Attorney Clint S. Dunaway can help you use drone with your construction projects. Contact the Dunaway Law Group at 480-389-6529 or send us a message HERE.

Services Provided Flight Systems Manual

We help companies prepare Flight Systems Manuals.

Program is designed to be flexible while ensuring that all UAS activities are conducted in the safest manner possible in compliance with all statutory requirements. We recommend all flights have…

  • A flight plan providing information about the proposed flight.
  • A Project Risk Assessment (PRA) completed prior to the flight.
  • Appropriate liability insurance.

Services Provided: Utility Companies

We Provided Services to Utility Companies

BENEFITS TO DRONE PROGRAM

With far-flung facilities, often in settings with rough terrain and other difficult conditions, companies in the energy and utility industries face serious challenges as they inspect, monitor and maintain their assets. As unmanned aircraft systems (UASs, or drones) have become more sophisticated and reliable, they have emerged to offer valuable capabilities that can help energy and utility companies.

By taking dangerous tasks out of the hands of humans, drones can greatly improve safety. Further, capabilities such as powerful cameras and other sensors enable drones to do many jobs more quickly, accurately and efficiently than human workers.

Here’s how energy companies and utilities are benefiting from drone technology.

Improve the Safety of Inspections by Avoiding Dangerous Conditions

Utility workers often face hazards when conducting inspections, including heights, proximity to high voltage and inclement weather. Some assets, such as wind turbines, are particularly dangerous for human inspectors. “The utilization of drones helps keep workers away from private property, aggressive dogs, volatile homeowners or areas that are not adequately maintained,” the online energy marketplace provider Choose Energy notes in a recent article about UAS technology.

DJI, a manufacturer of UAS systems, says its drones can take high-resolution images and shoot 4K video, which helps inspectors spot areas that may need to be repaired, such as cracks or fissures. Further, some of the company’s drones come with advanced sense and avoid technologies, which can prevent collisions in situations with sudden gusts of wind or pilot error.

Rev Up Operations with Speedy Drones

Because drones can quickly make their way from place to place through the air, they can dramatically speed up inspection and monitoring tasks. “Drones are 97 percent more efficient than manual inspections for solar farms,” Carmen Smith, vice president of marketing at the aerial intelligence company Measure, tells Choose Energy. They avoid having workers trek across many acres of solar panels or climb onto roofs, and they complete a detailed inspection of 100 percent of panels in a fraction of the time.

Reduce Labor Costs by Boosting Efficiency

Because human workers take so much longer than drones to complete inspection and monitoring work, the use of unmanned systems can help to cut down the labor costs associated with these tasks. For example, a 2018 article in Drone Examiner notes that a drone can replace the need for staffers who would otherwise have to walk around oil and gas wells with infrared cameras in search of leaks.

Drone manufacturer Yuneec says its drones are capable of inspecting more than 4,000 photo-voltaic panels per hour. By comparison, the average for inspection conducted by a human is roughly 60 panels per hour — meaning a person would take about eight days to complete a task that a drone can do in an hour.

Survey Potential Sites

According to Drone Examiner, an Oregon utility is using drones to survey potential locations for new solar energy infrastructure. The drones map the area’s topography and use algorithms to find the best place for each solar panel. The process takes 90 percent less time than traditional surveying and design.

UAS Agriculture

BENEFITS OF DRONE USE IN AGRICULTURE

The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in agriculture is making farms increasingly profitable. UAVs are used to control pest populations, monitor crop health, and develop cropping plans that are specific to your fields. 

Compared to traditional fixed wing aircraft, UAVs can fly lower, slower, and hover in place for extended periods of time. All of which enhances the precision, speed, cost, and safety of pesticide application. In fact, studies suggest that pesticide application by a UAV could be up to five times faster than traditional fixed-wing aircraft.

Aerial Pesticide– The fact that UAVs can fly significantly closer to crops without causing damage to them reduces the concern for drift of chemicals into areas when they are not wanted.

  1. Increased Accuracy– The UAVs ability to discharge pesticides with such accuracy has decreased the need for applications that have previously been hand-applied by people. These benefits may also result in sUASs supplanting uses that have traditionally required hand-application for certain pesticides.
  2. Decreased Drift– UAVs limit the risk of pesticides drifting to non-target areas, potentially poisoning non-resistant neighboring crops or agricultural workers. Drift can be caused by pesticides being released at improper altitudes, at inappropriate ambient temperatures, or with incorrect droplet sizes.
  3. Improved Crop Health– UAVs can essentially make an aerial map of your field and provide a detailed report showing the location and percentage of areas that may be suffering due to insects, lack of water, or other detrimental things. This analysis can show farmers problematic areas to key an eye on. UAVs analyses that can show you how to spot weed and diseases, identify pest-infested areas and even help you count plants and trees.
  4. Topography of Fields– Allows farmers and agronomists to create an overview of their fields, to let them mark points of interest on their field (such as ponds, or barns) and calculate how large certain areas on their fields are. Besides being drastically faster than traditional measures, drone data analyses offer exact numbers and percentages together with the precise location of healthy and problematic areas.

    II.    CHALLENGES TO IMPLEMENTING A DRONE PROGRAM

The technology of UAVs is moving forward so rapidly that the laws, rules, and regulations have not been able to keep-up. As a result, a patchwork of exemptions, waivers, and label modifications is currently required for a commercial entity to aerially apply pesticides via UAVs.

There are rules and limitations, among others, on operational hours, location, and daylight for UAV use. Some, but not all, of these limitations may be waived by the FAA Administrator.

Many of the FAA regulations on aerial pesticide application have not been updated in almost half a century and fail to accommodate advancements in technology, especially with UAVs. But the FAA has created waivers and exemptions that can be requested to use UAVs in a way that will benefit farms.

III.       VALE LA PENA– IT’S WORTH THE EFFORT

FAA laws have not kept up with technology however, the FAA has created three general ways to ask for permission to be excluded from a particular rule. Be requesting an exemption and/or waiver a UAV operator could use to navigate to aerially dispense pesticides. The type of waiver required depends largely on which of UAV used. The FAA will waive traditional requirements traditionally placed on UAVs, so long as the Administrator determines that “the proposed [sUAS] operation can safely be conducted under the terms of [the] waiver.”

There are essentially three different types of waivers that can be asked for under Part 107. These waivers are the easiest and fastest to, however, they are more limited in the restrictions that may be waived. For UAVs over 55 lbs., a Section 333 Exemption is needed so it can be flown. With a Part 11 Exemption the FAA can exempt an individual from any FAA regulation. However, obtaining a Part 11 waiver requires passing through a vast array of FAA regulations.

Setting up a drone program can be daunting and leave you frustrated. So don’t try and go it alone, get help from the UAV law professionals at the Dunaway Law Group. Contact us at office@dunawaylg.com or 480-389-6529 to discuss your goals and how we can help you reach them.