ERM LLC recently acquired a set of 20 AeroPoints, which allow us to place our own ground control points for photogrammetry surveys. With this new equipment, ERM can provide survey-grade accuracy without any assistance from the customer. Just tell ERM where you need data, and we can have it for you within days. Continue reading
ERM President Lon Santis attended training this weekend and passed the FAA’s small unmmaned aircraft system (sUAS) Airman Knowledge Test. The training was provided and the test administered by V1 Aeronautics in Hagerstown, MD. All sUAS pilots must pass the knowledge test and be certified by FAA to operate sUA commercially.
Bryan Adamez, owner of V1, has put together a great program that is highly recommended by ERM for anyone seeking their FAA sUAS certification, especially those not familiar with FAA regulations and airspace. Bryan and his team break things down into easily understood and applicable components. The test questions were challenging, but with knowedge gained in the training provided by V1, passing the test was easy.
ERM recently performed a series of topographic surveys for a local developer using the DJI P3 and Pix4D photogrammetry software. The developer needed to track the progress of subcontractors over a four-week period and ERM provided weekly site surveys in the form of .dfx files to do just that. Eight ground control points allowed for survey-grade accuracy.
ERM LLC was granted COA 2015-ESA-11481-88-333E by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) allowing it to fly unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in support of quarry operations near the Frederick, MD airport.
The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) recently released a detailed analysis of the FAA’s drone data. A close examination of the 764 records, which the agency publicly released on August 21, reveals a more complex picture of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) activity in the United States than initial headlines suggested. There are military crashes and a UFO sighting in the data. Only a about a dozen of the records were legitimately reported “near misses.” Some didn’t involve drones at all.
According to a new project study published in the Ontario Professional Surveyor, aerial images obtained with unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) processed with photogrammetry software can produce data superior to that obtained using traditional methods. Continue reading
Although many companies are flying unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in support of their commercial operations, ERM has encountered few that are harnessing the power of the data that is available. There is virtually no risk of FAA sanctions from flying UAS commercially without a Section 333 exemption, but it is quite another thing to extract meaningful data from the images obtained.
ERM and WipWare, with the cooperation of Bluegrass Materials Company, plan to conduct fragmentation analysis of a muck pile this summer using images obtained with unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Obtaining suitable images of muck piles for fragmentation analysis can be very challenging because the proper camera perspective is difficult or even impossible to obtain. Continue reading
ERM recently had the opportunity to brief the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Small Business Labor Safety Roundtable on the implementation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the National Airspace.