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Terry and His Drone

Jon W. Adams, Director of 3D Reality Capture ::::

A morning in the life of Terry Myers…

4:00 AM

It is the dead of night. Terry Myers stirs in his sleep, slowly awakening to the theme music from Law & Order. He did not fall asleep with the TV on, watching his favorite show… Instead, this is the ringtone that Terry has assigned to calls that come from his place of business, DJS Associates.

There is an emerging situation which requires a forensic field crew to investigate the scene where a traffic collision has occurred, just hours ago.

4:45 AM

Terry looks over his equipment packed in his Ford Escape (AKA DJS 1), mentally checking boxes, as he accounts for each tool he will need to utilize once he arrives at the scene. DJS protocols states that all site inspections are to include 3D laser scanning, terrestrial photographs and video, measuring wheel measurements, and data captured from a new perspective: the drone.

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New Technology in Forensic Engineering Keeps “Flying” Ahead

Drone Technology

Steven M. Schorr, PE, President of DJS Associates and Lead Collision Reconstruction Engineer ::::

Look up in the sky, it seems like you see them everywhere… Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s), or drones, are proliferating.

However, despite the numbers, commercial firms using them for their ability to collect critical data for use in an engineering analysis is just now starting to scratch the surface. The high quality still and video images collected by drones can be used to create accurate three-dimensional models of roadways, terrains, buildings, vehicles and other objects. Computer applications that transform these aerial images into three-dimensional models are improving exponentially and the cost for data processing is coming down.

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Could This Be the End of the Road for the Automobile?

SureFly Drone

R. Scott King, BSME, Sr. Automotive / Mechanical Engineer ::::

The Paris Air Show is the preeminent venue for the introduction of new aeronautical technologies. Notable for its display of the latest military and commercial aircraft, the 2017 Paris Air Show unveiled something new: a personal drone-like helicopter called the SureFly.

The SureFly is a personal aircraft designed for two passengers. It utilizes a gasoline engine to operate multiple generators that power eight motor-driven propellers. Similar in design to popular low-cost, commercially-available unmanned drones, the SureFly has a 4000-foot operational ceiling, is controlled by a joy stick, and can utilize GPS for navigation. However, it also has several safety features such as a lithium battery back-up, propeller loss survivability, and an emergency parachute. But perhaps its most intriguing feature is its ability fly autonomously, up to 70 miles, by entering a destination into its touch-screen display and engaging the autonomous flying mode.

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Easier Airspace Authorizations on the Horizon for Commercial Drone Pilots

Jon W. Adams, Director of Architectural and Heritage Services ::::

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is hard at work on developing the Unmanned Traffic Management System (UTM), a “traffic management ecosystem” that will “ultimately identify services, roles/responsibilities, information architecture, data exchange protocols, software functions, infrastructure, and performance requirements for enabling the management of low-altitude uncontrolled Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operations”.

The first step of this process has been centered on the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC), a system by which Part 107 (commercial) pilots will be able to obtain airspace authorizations in controlled airspace much more efficiently than the current system, which requires an online form to be filled out, followed by a waiting period of up to 90 days.

For many Part 107 pilots, including DJS pilots, this 90-day barrier has meant that some projects that could benefit from aerial stills and video could not be accomplished in a timely manner.

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Drone Documentation: The Next Level of Data Collection and Preservation

Drone Documentation Technology

DJS Associates is pleased to update you on our recent purchase of two additional drones to add to our fleet of Unmanned Aerial Systems (or Vehicles) [UAVs].

UAVs provide a platform of data capture which gathers information from a large variety of perspectives in a short period of time. The aerial still images can be utilized to provide accurate, three-dimensional representations of the sites and/or objects.

The ability to utilize remote controlled aerial vehicles to collect data has exponentially expanded the type of information that can be collected during, or as a result of, a catastrophic event as well as the manner in which this data can be utilized.

The ability of UAVs to fly over an incident area and/or collect data from otherwise inaccessible areas due to their position or height is unprecedented. UAVs are the next level of data collection.

DJS provides several certified and licensed UAV pilots who understand the rules and regulations which govern the National Airspace System (NAS) relating to the use of UAVs (drones).

Watch the Video Below to See the Drone in Action!


Should you, or your client, require the use of Drone technology, or would like additional information, please contact Jon Adams at 215-659-2010 or via email at experts@forensicDJS.com.