MES Evaluating Use of Drones For More Efficient Data Collection

The Maryland Environmental Service (MES) is evaluating the use of drones to determine a more efficient way of collecting on-the-fly elevation and aerial imagery acquisition, wherever needed.

From The Maryland Environmental Service,

The GeoSpatial and Engineering Services group, working with Environmental Operations, utilized a fixed-wing Precision Hawk drone and a quad copter to obtain aerial imagery and elevation datasets for the Harford Waste Disposal Center. The MES Survey team successfully set 24 targets (24” x 24” in Tyvek chevrons) in and around the perimeter of the landfill to establish known coordinates and elevations that the drone then interpolates throughout the 30 acre site. Each drone’s flight was operated by a certified pilot from our teaming partner Michael Baker International, and was completed in approximately 30 minutes, per drone.

For more information on this pilot project, please contact Michael Manen at

Watch a live drone demonstration and learn about the many ways drones can assist county governments at the 2016 MACo Summer Conference as part of MACo’s Tech Expo during a session on Wednesday, August 17, from  12:00 PM – 1:15 PM entitled Look! Up In the Sky! It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! No – It’s a Drone!

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