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Construction: In-House Drone Program vs. Drone Services Provider

August 16, 2017

This is a good article by Gene Blinkov regarding the outsourcing of drones in the construction industry.  The original article can be found HERE


As drones have grown in popularity the affordability of drones for day-to-day use has greatly improved. Yet, to complete the type of work expected on construction sites and analyze the collected data appropriately, companies should know that initial costs for drone operation could reach up to $50,000. After the initial cost companies will incur additional time & expenses for the operation, data processing software subscriptions and insurance to name a few.

Companies need to consider the type of equipment they need, as well as the needed accessories for monitoring and surveying. Accessories include camera sensors, batteries, tablets, protective gear etc. And the costs don't stop there. In addition to the drones and accessories, companies will need to find the right kind of software to analyze the data being collected. The primary four areas of expense are equipment, accessories, software and pilot training.

Taking on such responsibilities as a company in order to have an in-house drone program can be a huge burden that hinders momentum. In addition to the initial start up costs of developing an in-house drone program and operator costs, companies will have to consider liability and litigation risk. The Federal Aviation Administration requires a commercial insurance policy that covers liability up to one million dollars. Companies would have to check with their insurance carriers if they even offer commercial drone liability insurance, as it's a relatively new area. Insurance, if it is available, can be expected to run another $2,000-3000 a year.

How the FAA Is Getting Involved

If the cost of operation and gear isn't enough, new Federal Aviation Administration operating rules add to cost and training time for commercial operation of drones. A commercially used drone can only be operated by a certified UAV pilot or observed by one. Drone operators must man the drone within their visual line of sight, without any aid such as the use of binoculars. Training for certification includes an exam for the applicants' knowledge of regulations, airspace classifications, aviation weather sources and emergency procedures. The exam itself is not difficult - but knowing your way around flying a drone above a ton of expensive equipment and other obstacles takes a lot of practice.

In-house vs. Service Provider Partnership

With so much cost to consider and the need for trained individuals, partnering with drone professionals eases a lot of the stress and can save companies money. By working with outside company professionals, companies will save money every month, the liability will remain with the drone professionals and there's no need to train or hire personnel to operate the drone. Flights and inspections can be planned ahead of time and the data collected and analyzed can be delivered to project managers, lenders and investors incredibly fast!


*  On a personal note, the work that I've seen from in-house drone operations is quite bland and lifeless when compared to that of a professional.  


Louisiana State University | Nicholson Gateway Drone Panoramic Image

August 10, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The following is a panoramic aerial image of the new Nicholson Gateway development near Louisiana State University.  


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Egret Landing Subdivision | Monroe, Louisiana - 7/26/17

August 08, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

This aerial media package is part of a collection taken for the Egret Landing subdivision's July construction milestone.  The property is located just behind Centurylink's main headquarters on Highway 165 north of Monroe, Louisiana.

The new IBM Tower and Century Village development is located just across Highway 165.

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First Baptist Church of Monroe, Louisiana | Aerial Photos

August 06, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Louisiana Helicam was selected to shoot aerial photos for First Baptist Church of Monroe, Louisiana.

More information can be found at http://www.firstmonroe.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/FirstMonroe

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/FirstMonroe


Brown Builders | North Village Plaza Apartments | Ruston, Louisiana

August 01, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Brown Builders teamed with former NBA star Karl Malone and other investors to build Ruston’s newest luxury apartment homes, North Village Plaza Apartments.

The 120-apartment unit includes six multi-unit buildings along with clubhouse, garage buildings, in-ground pool with pool house, paved parking and access drives.

The community clubhouse will include a business center, 24-hour fitness center, kitchen, covered patio, ping pong patio, fire pit and dog park. The in-ground pool, pool house and cabana includes volleyball courts, bocce courts and a shaded pergola at the pool.  There is also a set-aside outside area for children to play.

The luxury apartments have gourmet kitchens with stainless steel appliances, and stone counter tops. Bathrooms have garden tubs. Plank flooring finishes the luxurious 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartment homes. There are 11 floor plans from which to choose.

The apartments are designed to meet the national green building standards and criteria. As a green certified project, the following must meet specific criteria: lot & site development, resource efficiency, energy efficiency, water efficiency, environmental quality, and home owner education.

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L'Auberge Casino and Resort | Baton Rouge, Louisiana | Aerial Photos and Panoramic

July 26, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Louisiana Helicam recently had the privilege of providing aerial photos and panoramic images for the L'Auberge Casino and Resort located along the Mississippi River near Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  

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Bossier City Walmart Neighborhood Market - 6/10/16

July 26, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Louisiana Helicam documented the construction progress for the new Walmart Neighborhood Market located in Bossier City, Louisiana.





Rhodes Properties and Development | Triple Crown Subdivision | Ruston, Louisiana

July 19, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Located 5 miles from downtown Ruston on Stable Road, Triple Crown Subdivision is a new 30 acre residential development. There are 85 lots from $35,500 to $47,500 that will be sold to builders and individuals.

•Conveniently located 2 miles to I-20, 4 miles to LA Tech, and 5 miles to downtown Ruston
•Located in Choudrant School District
•Spec Homes Available
•Underground Utilities

For more information:  Rhodes Properties and Development - Triple Crown






1987 Toyota 4Runner Highlight

July 13, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Here's a classic 1987 Toyota 4Runner video that was filmed in Bunkie, Louisiana.

FedEx Ground Distribution Center | Carencro, LA

June 30, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Louisiana Helicam recently completed weekly project aerial photos, videos, and panoramic images for the newly-constructed FedEx Ground Distribution Center located in Carencro, Louisiana.  We visited the site each week for 36 weeks during the course of construction.

The new project, developed by the James Saad Development Corporation, replaced an existing facility in Scott, LA. The site was chosen because of its ease of access to major highways, proximity to customers' distribution centers and a strong local community workforce for recruiting employees.

The new facility is part of a nationwide network expansion to boost daily package volume capacity and further enhance the speed and service capabilities of the FedEx Ground network. Since 2005, the company has opened 15 new hubs featuring advanced material-handling systems and expanded or relocated more than 500 local facilities.