Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Services

UAVs are fast, inexpensive, safe and accurate. CEC has certified and registered UAVs complete with airworthiness certificates, a licensed commercial pilot, and operational approval from the FAA to operate UAVs in the National Airspace System.

CEC can offer this new and exciting technology for a wide range of data acquisition applications to benefit commercial and industrial clients.

Aerial Topography and Photography

Armed with the ability to capture 18.2 megapixel photos from our RTK-GPS Surveying UAV, CEC can provide topographic data files that contain 10 to 30 million points due to lower flight heights and high-resolution photographs compared to a conventional aerial survey data file that can contain up to 50,000 points. Aerial photographs or 1080p HD video can be used to display time-lapse project progress, monitor remote locations or provide photography to be used in presentations, displays or advertising

Right-of-Way Monitoring

UAVs can be used to visually monitor rights-of-way for both overhead and underground utilities to determine if revegetation efforts have been successful, or if there is evidence of earth movements such as slumps and slides, or if there is vegetative intrusion into overhead utility lines. UAVs can be flown manually by an operator in visual contact with the UAV, and they can also be pre-programmed to fly a given flight path.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

The ability to shoot high-quality, geotagged photos allows for real-time GIS data acquisition and eliminates the need to contract aircraft or work around other schedules. UAVs can collect imagery that can be imported into CADD programs and GIS databases, or stitched together to generate 3D reconstructions or develop topographic and aerial base mapping.

Visual Inspections

The ability to fly in close proximity to, and optically zoom in on, a target means that visual inspections of difficult-to-access objects or structures, such as stacks, bridges, reaction towers, pipe racks, etc., can be accomplished quickly and safely from a distance. The high-resolution and HD-quality visual images can then be downloaded and electronically transferred to a host of users.

Volumetric Calculations

UAVs can be used to rapidly fly over raw material stockpiles and excavation areas to calculate volumes, or to determine waste placement volumes at landfills and assess remaining available air space.

Thermal Imagery

UAVs can be outfitted with infrared cameras capable of capturing thermal signatures from wastewater discharges from cooling towers, heat loss from buildings and equipment, groundwater seeps and springs, and other heat signatures.

Precision Agriculture

To help maximize crop yields and assess environmental conditions for agriculture and environmental projects, Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) images can be used to monitor soil composition and vegetative health, as well as measure and monitor plant growth, vegetation cover and soil/water condition, and biomass production. These NDVI images can be created much more frequently and at a lower cost than through the use of satellites or airplanes.