Dresdner Robin Assesses Flood-Prone Waterways Using Drone Image
Dresdner Robin Assesses Flood-Prone Waterways Using Drone Image Capture
February 7th, 2019 by Susan Smith
Surveyors use drone technology to capture images of at-risk for flooding riparian areas of northern New Jersey. These images captured by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) have become part of the documentation for a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) program that has saved Pompton Lakes, New Jersey residents hundreds of thousands of dollars per year on flood insurance premiums.
According to Land-use consultancy Dresdner Robin, of Jersey City, N.J., they recently worked with the Borough of Pompton Lakes, N.J., using image-capture UAV flights to gather overlapping photographs of three rivers in the borough. Since then, the firm has been involved in various mapping projects.
Dresdner Robin uses a professional-grade UAV that can ascend rapidly and reach speeds up to 50 mph. Dresdner Robin’s UAV is equipped with a 20-megapixel camera with a mount that allows for independent positioning and rotation, according to company materials. The altitude of the flight is determined by the dimensions of the area to be surveyed and the angle of the camera lens (which can be changed, depending on the project).
Dresdner Robin Survey Director Greg Gloor volunteered to assess Pompton Lakes’ flood-prone waterways and flew 11 individual flights over...