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Commercial | VOLAERO
'We're seeing breakthroughs with fusion
of sensors at the image-capturing level.'
produce measurements and other data.
"With drones, it's not just about taking
pictures," Zwebner says. "It's about creating
data from the pictures which can be used
in 2-D and 3-D models by managers to see
how a project is coming along."
The data generated by drone images can
be used for quality control as well as for
georeferencing, surveying, asset management and to determine stockpile volume.
Drones can monitor ongoing operations of
a building long after it is completed. This
includes the use of drone imagery during
structural inspections to determine a building's structural integrity. Thermal imagery
cameras can also be used to detect anomalies in building systems.
"What we're seeing is that up until now,
drones have taken imagery and processed
it from the outside of the building," Zwebner explains. "We're now seeing that move
to the inside."
VolAero uses Matterport cameras in
many of its interior imaging projects. The
team includes (from left) Service
Engineer Brian Liem, CEO Charles Zwebner
and Chief Drone Pilot Jeff Fidelin.
cameras capture 360-degree, 3-D images
that are useful for in-building visualization. VolAero's monitoring services enhance
contractors' existing safety plans. "Drone
surveillance can show you whether or not
your workers are using best practices -
regardless of whether management or an
OSHA safety inspector is onsite," the company says. "You can correct these behaviors
immediately and workers will be more apt
to use best practices when they know they
are being watched."
Drones can access dangerous or hard-toreach areas such as unfinished roofs. This
allows inspectors to access the area without
putting themselves at risk, VolAero adds.
Seeing the Future
Zwebner founded VolAero in 2016 following a 20-year career in the telecommunications industry.
His experience includes all aspects of
telecom: long distance, dialaround, resale,
wholesale, switching, routing, fraud billing,
fiber, voice over internet, and large and
medium enterprise telecommunication
consulting, he says..
VolAero continues to embrace new technologies,
such as a drone that integrates a light detection
and ranging sensor.
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Zwebner founded and served as CEO
of two companies: Yak Communications
Inc., an alternative long-distance provider
he built from scratch and led to more than