The Indiana Department of Transportation has hired Ohio-based Woolpert Inc. to develop a strategic plan for Indiana’s unmanned aircraft systems program.
The firm will create policies, procedures and standards for INDOT to manage the use of unmanned systems, commonly referred to as drones, by other government agencies throughout the state.
People and organizations across the country are attempting to integrate drones into their business processes,” said Thomas Mackie, Woolpert vice president and geospatial program director. “But often these processes are inconsistent and untested, and therefore unsafe.”
Mackie said Woolpert was brought in to integrate UAS into Indiana operations, so operators are using best practices and within Federal Aviation Administration regulations.
Woolpert, a civil engineering firm, says it was the first surveying and aerial mapping company approved by the FAA to fly UAS commercially in designated airspace.