Wilson and Company is a valued customer of GeoCue Group, Inc./ AirGon and is a current user of Terrasolid software, GeoCue software, LP360 software and Loki. Our sales team members, Megan McNab and Madelyne Loftin, spoke with Derek Smith and Justin Langer at Wilson and Company to learn more about how long they have been using UAVs, what attracted them to begin using the technology, and what kind of projects they conduct using UAVs.
When did Wilson and Company begin integrating UAVs?
Wilson first purchased a UAV in April of 2014. A fixed wing Revolution 1800 with a Sony NEX 5T.
What attracted your organization to the technology?
We feel like it is a fantastic emerging technology, can save time and money on projects and provides high accuracy data with fewer man hours on the right projects. WCI has had a large survey group, a talented Geospatial/photogrammetry group and UAV data bridges the gaps from survey to photogrammetry to LiDAR. We are excited for the future of sUAS technology as it continues to develop at a blistering pace.
Could you give us an idea of your typical project where UAVs are used?
WCI is currently flying the DJI Inspire 2 with Loki. We look for projects that are in uncontrolled airspace, have varying project deliverables and/or are 100 acres or less. We fly nadir imagery, oblique imagery, and videography. We produce orthophotography, point clouds, surface models, planimetric maps, topographic maps and other 3D deliverables. We also use our Inspire 2 for business development support. Typical projects include:
- Road Corridors or Intersections
- Rail yards and facilities
- Housing development
- Construction sites
- Waste management facilities
When accessing a project, what determining factors help decide between UAVs and LIDAR?
We base our decision largely on what the client’s needs are. We look at project size and location, the possibility that the deliverables or area will change and how dramatically, mobilization fees and man power required to complete the project to client specifications. Often it will involve an in-depth conversation as to what the final deliverables are as well. We would not recommend using sUAS imagery for a job that may take a week to fly with the UAV and end up more expensive than an afternoon with mobile helicopter LiDAR for example. We would recommend using the UAV for a rural city parking lot upgrade. It is typically less expensive to drive one guy to a remote area vs mobilizing the LiDAR unit(s).
About Wilson and Company
For more than eight decades, clients have chosen Wilson & Company to help them move from concept to completion, unused spaces to productive places, underutilized to efficient facilities, and rural and urban challenges to achievable solutions. Wilson & Company provides you with engineering, architecture, planning, environmental, survey & mapping, and construction management services.
Loki is AirGon’s third generation Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), Post-Process Kinematic (PPK) direct geopositioning system for drones. Unlike other direct geopositioning systems on the market today, Loki supports, in “plug and play” fashion, the ubiquitous Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire 2 drones from DJI. Loki turns these low-cost prosumer drones into high accuracy, professional mapping platforms. Of course, Loki also supports high-end drones equipped with digital cameras from Sony, Nikon and others.