PDS Drone Projects
Planning and Development Services of Kenton County has been on the leading edge of drone use in the planning industry for over two years now.
This story map provides an overview of how drone technologies have been implemented in project workflows within PDS, and across several partner agencies. These successful drone projects have not only saved PDS and its partners time and money, but have led to new workflows, new efficiencies and created new best practices in Kenton County.
The PDS drone is only operated by employees that are FAA Part 107-licensed pilots (this is a Federal requirement for operating a drone under 55 pounds for commercial, work, or business purposes). The PDS drone pilots have accumulated 189.6 flight miles and 32.5 hours of flight activity.
Currently PDS operates a Typhoon H hexacopter. PDS uses Esri Drone2Map software for all image analysis and post-processing. This drone service is available to business partners and agencies.
PDS and LINK-GIS partners have completed 45 drone projects, which required 203 individual flights.
In 2018, the PDS received a national award, the “URISA Distinguished System – Exemplary Systems in Government Award – Single Process System Category” award, for its innovative use of drone technologies in government operations.
POSTSCRIPT: The Story Map of which this illustration is a part may be found here. By the end of this Story Map experience, you will have a better understanding of the types of drone projects that PDS has completed over the past two years.
Click on the image above to view the PDS Drone Projects Story Map.
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