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The Sacramento District of the USACE adds Microdrones UAS into their workflow

Watch the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District’s aviation team in the video below, that shows them demonstrating the capabilities of the Microdrones mdMapper1000DG at New Hogan Lake, California, May 10, 2019. The Microdrones integrated systems offer advanced mapping, surveying and inspection capabilities in support of Corps’ projects in the region.

Video created by John Prettyman

The Sacramento District’s aviation team for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was excited to put the Microdrones mdMapper1000DG to work.  One of their first demonstrations took place at New Hogan Lake, near Stockton California. The district’s UAS team, consisted of David Mello, James Oliver, Casey Young and Jerry Frost, who after a week of training were ready to present the Microdrones system to Sacramento District Commander Col. David Ray.

The Microdrones mdMapper1000DG can provide the USACE with an advanced aerial photogrammetry package that can be used for a wide variety of applications such as mapping, surveying, inspection and high-resolution photos for the Public Affairs Office.

USACE Sacramento District's Casey Young, right, brings the mdMapper1000DG in for a landing as Brad Booth of Microdrones ensures the process goes smoothly. Photo by J. Paul Bruton

Pilot and Geographer Casey Young values the capabilities and benefits that the Microdrones integrated system will provide. “It’s emerging technology and we are on the cutting edge of this,” he explains. “These systems far surpass what you could just go down to the store and buy. So now we’re grabbing imagery that’s absolutely going to be at that engineering and design level quality.”  

Another unique benefit of the mdMapper1000DG is that it’s a scalable system, meaning it can grow with the Sacramento District’s needs as new technology and payloads become available.

Dave Mello, a land surveyor with USACE Sacramento District, provides a briefing about the recently purchased mdMapper1000DG the district will begin using. Mello briefed Sacramento's Commander Col. David Ray and others before a demonstration flight of the UAS at New Hogan Lake on May 10, 2019. Photo by J. Paul Bruton

“This is powerful … it gives us the ability to better understand and synchronize our efforts,” said District Commander Col. David Ray. “This will be very helpful in not just explaining what we’re doing, but in allowing people to actually see specific details and visualize information that is difficult to explain.”

For more information on how UAS adds cutting-edge capabilities for Corps projects, click here to read the story by J. Paul Bruton.

If you or your company is interested in learning how to add UAS systems into your workflow, click here to speak with a representative from Microdrones.