Leading Consulting Engineering Firm Turns to UAS Technology for Mapping

R.A. Smith National is adopting UAS technology

R.A. Smith National’s Jon Chapman and Bill Wandschneider of the firm’s Brookfield, Wisconsin office integrated unmanned aerial vehicles to conduct surveys for planimetric mapping. The firm has used UAS technology for projects and clients in the private and public sector.

One of the many advantages of using this technology is the data collection the user can get from one picture, as well as the ability of better map areas that can be difficult or unsafe to traverse.

R.A. Smith National has been at the forefront of expertise in UAS technology having obtained a Section 333 Exemption and associated blanket COA (certificate of authorization) from the FAA in 2015.

“At R.A. Smith National we are always looking for ways to save our clients time and money. The use of advanced survey technologies and the speed at which they are growing are phenomenal,” said Smith. “It’s exciting to see our staff using the latest technologies to more accurately and cost effectively collect survey data and overcome challenges that are plaguing our clients."

"We have been very successful in the integration of advanced survey technologies as extensions of our conventional surveying practices and only employ new solutions after they have been proven and vetted through sound research and development," he continued. "We are excited about expanding our UAS services and will be making additional investments in this area in the near future,”

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