How Layton Construction Uses Drones on Construction Sites for Mapping, Modeling, and BIM

How Layton Construction Uses Drones on Construction Sites for Mapping, Modeling, and BIM

Layton Construction, a nationally-ranked commercial contractor, is using drone technology to enhance their operations. Our CEO, Alan Perlman, recently met up with their drone team on a job site to see how they’re using drones in the construction field. The team, comprised of multiple Part 107-certified drone pilots and Drone Pilot Ground School alumni, is currently working to complete one of three residential colleges, as well as infrastructure and beautification of the West End Central Neighborhood on the north side of Vanderbilt University’s campus in Nashville, TN. An aerial view of the Layton Construction job site near Vanderbilt University and West End Ave/25th Ave. The company has experience in virtually every industry, including extensive experience at universities and higher education facilities across the country. This work includes academic medical centers, classrooms, labs, and arts centers, as well as sports and recreation. Throughout the day exploring the Vanderbilt job site, Drone Operations Coordinator Austin Lay was able to fill us in on how Layton Construction is incorporating drones into their processes. We are excited about the future of drones and where they are going. Layton has always been on the forefront of technology and drones are a part of that. — Austin Lay, Visualization Coordinator and Drone Operations Coordinator, Layton Construction How Layton Construction’s Drone Program Got its Start While the company has been around for over 60 years, the drone program is a relatively new addition, added on in 2014. It started with just three drones flown to capture progress

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Agricultural Drones: How Drones Are Revolutionizing Agriculture and How to Break into this Booming Market

Agricultural Drones: How Drones Are Revolutionizing Agriculture and How to Break into this Booming Market

Drone technology is a phenomenal innovation that continues to have far-reaching effects across today’s society, transforming our lives and the way we do business. The agricultural industry seems to have embraced drone technology with open arms, using these advanced tools to transform modern farming. High-tech drones allow farmers, and the drone pilots that operate them, to increase efficiency in certain aspects of the farming process. From crop monitoring to planting, livestock management, crop spraying, irrigation mapping, and more. Below we dive deep into the agricultural drone market and its many applications, along with a look at the future of this exciting industry and what you can do to get started as an agricultural drone pilot. Understanding the Agricultural Drone Market Agricultural drones help to achieve and improve what’s known as precision agriculture. This approach to farming management is based on observing, measuring, and taking action based on real-time crop and livestock data. It erases the need for guesswork in modern farming and instead gives farmers the ability to maximize their yields and run more efficient organizations, all while enhancing crop production. In recent years the cost of agriculture drones has rapidly declined, which has not only led to the explosion of drone use cases in agriculture but has made it a no-brainer investment for modern farmers. In fact, the agricultural drone market is expected to grow over 38% in coming years. Driven by growing population levels and changing climate patterns, the need for efficient agriculture is only going to become

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Flying Drones on a Hollywood Movie Set: An Interview with Ryan Deremo, President of SkyFly Cinematics

Flying Drones on a Hollywood Movie Set: An Interview with Ryan Deremo, President of SkyFly Cinematics

Ryan Deremo is a Drone Pilot Ground School alum and owner of the aerial services company SkyFly Cinematics, which is based in Los Angeles, CA. Ryan started his aerial work doing shots for wedding and real estate, and eventually broke into movies and television—in fact, we interviewed Ryan a while back on how to get started doing movie and T.V. work with drones. This time we wanted to sit down and hear about his recent experience as the drone pilot on set for the new Hollywood film Breaking and Exiting, a dark romantic comedy about suicide prevention and awareness. — Begin Interview Tell us about your experience on the set of Breaking and Exiting as a drone cinematographer. Filming for Breaking and Exiting was a truly rewarding and exciting experience. I personally filmed the opening fade in shot of the the movie, some time-lapses, and the showcased aerial shots, as well as the romantic motorcycle scenes. Check out the aerial motorcycle shot Ryan is talking about here When we got on set it all played out how I’d envisioned it. There were a lot of people near where we were filming, so we had to make sure everyone stayed out of the way when we took off and landed. I was already well acquainted with the director, Peter Facinelli, from his work as an actor in Can’t Hardly Wait, Twilight, Gangster Land, and on the show “Nurse Jackie.” This was his first time directing a feature, and it was an

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How to Choose a Safe and Legal Location to Fly Your Drone

How to Choose a Safe and Legal Location to Fly Your Drone

The best part about owning a drone is flying it! That seems pretty obvious, but for some drone owners finding a safe and legal location to fly turns out to be harder than they anticipated. Many drone pilots wind up disappointed when they find out local regulations prohibit drones in the park where they had planned to practice flying, or frustrated when they find out that the airspace nearby requires special permission before flying. How can you determine whether or not it’s legal to fly at a certain location? With a bit of research, finding a place to fly doesn’t have to be difficult. We recommend that you follow these steps when researching locations to fly (and we’ll talk about each in more detail in the sections below): Make sure you’re familiar with federal regulations Understand the airspace of the location you’d like to fly in Check for local regulations that may impact your ability to fly Check for TFRs and NOTAMs You can also consult our Where to Fly Your Drone Guide designed to help drone pilots find safe and legal places to fly. In it, you’ll find three to five places to fly in over 25 of the most populated cities across the U.S. This guide can take out some of the legwork in finding a place to fly your drone, but we recommend conducting your own research following the steps below as well. Steps to Help Drone Pilots Find Safe and Legal Locations to Fly Taking these

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This Inspection Software for Drones Automatically Detects Roof Damage, First Drone Platform with On-Site Roof Measurements

This Inspection Software for Drones Automatically Detects Roof Damage, First Drone Platform with On-Site Roof Measurements

Inspectors, field adjusters, and roofing estimators can now examine properties with greater precision and safety thanks to new drone technology. IMGING, a drone-based inspection tool from Loveland Innovations, uses artificial intelligence (AI) to automate many aspects of the inspection process. Loveland Innovations has added ground-breaking enhancements to the inspection platform, including drone-based, on-site measurements; AI and deep-learning powered damage detection for commercial roofs; and other powerful updates. Image Source: Loveland Innovations IMGING’s On-Site Roof Measurements Help Users Build Trust with Customers IMGING is the first ever drone platform with on-site roof measurements. Thanks to a unique real-time measurement process built into the IMGING app, field adjusters and roofing estimators can now view and share dynamic measurements on an Apple iOS tablet while they’re still on site with customers. With images and measurements available on site, “users can share everything they see with customers and prospects, which helps them build trust or close more business,” says Jim Loveland, CEO and Founder of Loveland Innovations. IMGING’s Deep-Learning Technology Automates Damage Detection The latest IMGING update also includes a beta release of enhancements to Loveland’s deep learning framework, IMGING Detect™, which automatically finds roof damage on drone inspection images. IMGING can now find the following types of damage on commercial or residential roofs: Blistering on flat roofs Evidence of ponding water Cracking and alligatoring Exposed underlayment Rust Soft metal damage Users can adjust their confidence level on damage auto-detected through the platform and are given the option to approve or deny damage in

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