Drones Raise the Bar for Roadway Pavement Inspection

Aerial imagery replaces boots on the ground and cuts field time by 60% for civil engineering firm Bolton & Menk

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Aug 2, 2018 · 5 min read
Bolton & Menk is an engineering, planning and consulting firm.

Drone Maps Provide High-Value Data for City Officials

A member of the Bolton & Menk flight crew preparing for takeoff in the field.

“The linear flight planning functionality eliminated a lot of complexity for our team,” said GIS project manager Nick Meyers. “We were able to plan and map long stretches of roadways in minutes.”

A section of the city mapped with DroneDeploy. Cracking along the roadway is clearly present in the high-resolution drone map.
A close up of “alligator cracking” seen throughout the city’s roadways. Cracking like this needs to be evaluated to determine a maintenance timetable.

“DroneDeploy automatically added a lot of information into the database,” Nick says. “We could update or modify as needed, and then just run a script at the end. No more cumbersome process of using multiple excel sheets to make calculations.”

Compiling Accurate Data and Measurements. Fast.

The Bolton & Menk team exported data collected and processed in DroneDeploy to its GIS software for further analysis.

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