Drones Take Flight
The tarmac just got a little bit more crowded, as drones are looking to make their presence known at major international airports. This news comes as Atkins, www.atkinsglobal.com, with the help of Autodesk, www.autodesk.com, and 3DR Robotics, 3dr.com, which have launched a construction drone over Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Intl. Airport, one of the busiest airports in the world.
The purpose of the launch served to survey progress over a new ground transportation hub and airport hotel near the airport’s West transportation curb and North and South parking garages, which had previously been demolished and redesigned.
In addition to not disrupting air space or passengers, the drone was able to complete seven flights, capturing more than 700 nadir and oblique images across 40 acres. Once the data was collected, it was then processed into 3D point clouds, that will then be used to plan further demolition and construction processes effectively so as not to disrupt daily airport operations.
This serves a great step for construction drone use at major U.S. airports, and may quickly spread to other cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles, and Louisiana, and even reach overseas as far as the U.K., U.A.E., and Saudi Arabia.
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