Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

SEP 2018

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28 LC DBM Help from the Sky Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles as they are properly called, presently can be controlled by an app on a smartphone or tablet, go under water, automatically follow you and reach speeds of up to 160 MPH. There are even drones whose cameras can be controlled by just moving your head. Hank Price, spokesperson for the Fed - eral Aviation Administration, says that, "The small, model, unmanned aerial system fleet is forecasted to more than double in size from 1.1 million vehicles in 2017 to 2.4 million units in 2022." In many circumstances, having a drone in your maintenance equipment fleet makes sense. Sam Krochman, CEO of an aerial photography company in Orange, Calif. called 191Above, states, "Drones have become the go-to method for con - tractors that want to take their company to the next level… they can be used for photos and videos for promotional rea - sons and even produce elevation maps and 3D models of the landscape." High-resolution aerial imagery, com - monly known as aerial maps, provide maintenance contractors with instant ac - cess to pristine, current views from all an- gles of properties. This can reduce costly site visits, and speed up job estimates by quickly calculating square footage, mea - suring the height of trees, determining the site's vegetation and observing his - torical data including leaf-off imagery. MAINTENANCE EQUIPMENT H Power equipment used in landscape maintenance has of course evolved over the years, but still remained pretty close to its traditional roots. However, with the emergence of alternative energy sources, robotics, remote control, the Internet of things (IOT) and more, some traditions are going by the wayside. Moves Forward LC/DBM Staff Report

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