Cardno received a nationwide 333 exemption and Certificates of Waiver or Authorization (COA) issued by the Federal Aviation Administration for commercial UAS mapping operations at a 200 feet Above Ground Level (AGL) height in “undeveloped” areas. Cardno is committed to expanding its capabilities and technical expertise in the UAS market, as it is one of a few firms of its size licensed to operate in this emerging technology.

Cardno’s fleet of UAVs includes both fixed wing and octocopter solutions, which carry mapping grade fixed focal length cameras, HD video, and infrared data/image collection capabilities. The UAVs take high-resolution color imagery, producing digital terrain models and other high-tech mapping for a wide range of applications.

By adding UAS capabilities, Cardno strengthens its portfolio of geospatial, mapping, and survey services – including mobile GIS, large format photogrammetry surveys, remote sensing, mobile mapping LiDAR, underground utilities mapping, amongst others – and complements its information management services such as environmental data and compliance management, application and website development, business process modeling, decision support systems, and systems integration.

Remote Sensing Data Analytics

UAS technology is revolutionizing critical data capture, and Cardno’s Remote Sensing Data Analytics team has the flexibility to provide sensor and platform combinations that are cost effective and meet client needs in a variety of industries and services: emergency response, mining, railway inspection, biological resources, oil and gas, utilities, refineries, water resources, and vegetation analysis.

Cardno’s Remote Sensing Data Analytics scientists have the expertise and experience to provide the highest quality orthoimagery and point cloud data for developing base products for projects. These base products can then be further analyzed to create an extensive list of value-added products to aid clients in achieving their end goal while staying on schedule and budget.

Cardno’s Jason Kack, West Business Manager, stated, “Cardno has the largest fleet of subsurface utility vehicles in the US and our SUE/survey team comprises over 450 professionals. Cardno also operates with a global network of around 8,100 staff in over 250 offices, giving us the resources to successfully deliver complex projects while leveraging local knowledge and relationships. We are excited to offer this diverse talent to our clients, along with UAS and Remote Sensing Data Analytics — two innovative and crucial next steps to support client projects.”