Since the U.S. military debuted its first unmanned aircraft systems (better known as drones), the technology’s applications have broadened and its usage has changed significantly. Today, one can find both the general public and businesses using drone-mounted cameras for a variety of purposes, including uses by general contractors.
Earlier this fall, Coastal Structures had the opportunity to invest in a company drone. Selecting the DJI Phantom 4, Coastal Structures plans to use the device around job sites to capture aerial photography of work in progress. Additional tasks, however, will be added in the future as business integration and drone-handling sophistication increase.
When general contractors invest in a business-operated drone, it opens several doors. Long gone are the days of helicopter rentals and expensive surveying tools. Now, with the introduction of a drone on daily work assignments, companies are able to easily get high-resolution photographs and videos, monitor and track progress, and conduct site surveys. What before could involve a long and expensive process is solved with a one-time purchase of a drone, enabling contractors to save significant amounts of time and money for themselves and their clients.
Although purchasing a drone in 2016 is quite simple, not all drone usage is viewed equally under the law. Your neighbor who owns one for recreational purposes operates under a completely different set of rules and regulations than those with intent to fly for commercial purposes. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), all individuals who operate drones for work or business purposes must pass an initial aeronautical knowledge test and be vetted by the Transportation Security Administration. In addition, the regulations that apply when operating the device in a controlled airspace are complex. New provisions to the rules, designed to minimize risks to other aircraft, people and property on the ground, were implemented earlier this year. The good news — the drone specialists at Coastal Structures have studied up on all restrictions and have acquired all their certifications!
The Phantom 4 is capable of shooting ultra-high-definition video, producing professional-quality footage. Photographers can shoot images in 12-megapixel Adobe DNG RAW format, providing large photographs with the sharpest colors. An advanced 3-axis gimbal, a device mounted between the camera and the drone, eliminates unwanted vibration and movement in-flight, enabling the camera to capture smooth and fluid footage even during complex maneuvers.
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