Construction Today - Volume 16, Issue 2 - 48
Technology: Streamline Your Business | ASSET DRONE
The company approaches all of its projects with safety in mind. All Asset Drone
pilots are licensed by the Federal Aviation
Administration and work closely with the
FAA to ensure airspace safety and compliance. The company's drones are equipped
with collision avoidance technology as well
as sensors and overrides that reduce the risk
of crashing. "We have 7,000 hours of safe
flights under our belt," he adds.
Asset Drone pilots follow a set of
standard procedures for each flight. A risk
safety manager accompanies pilots on
most projects. "We spend as much, if not
more, time planning and preparing to fly
a safe drone operation than actually flying
it," Worley says.
The company will not perform a flight
in inclement weather, near hazards, or fly
directly over people, he adds.
'Our customers are very
with the detail
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Drone uses specialized
software to ensure drones deliver
One recent example of Asset Drone's innovative approach involved a government
customer that contracted the company to
inspect a series of pipelines located in a
60-foot-diameter concrete bunker, buried
250 feet below ground. The owner wanted
to determine the source of fasteners that
were routinely falling from the structure.
"There was no way to build scaffolding
there; [the owner's] only option was to have
people climb down from the top of the
bunker with ropes," Worley notes.
Asset Drone modified a few of its drones
with lights and top-mounted cameras. "We
used things that are available on the market,
but getting a drone with lights and cameras
here on time was a concern," he says.
Ultimately, the inspection determined
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that the falling nuts and bolts were from
previous maintenance or initial construction 25-plus years ago.
The company has also developed drone
solutions that are not currently available in the marketplace. These solutions
include custom-modified drone controller
electronics, which count and log photos
as they are taken. "This can really solve
the problem of being able to accurately
correlate specific photos that are taken in
sequence to what they are photos of, which
is important when you're taking hundreds
or thousands of photos," Worley says.
Worley co-founded the company in fall
2017 with Dr. Jack Novak and Marc Cohen,
an FAA-licensed airplane pilot, helicopter
pilot and flight instructor.
Novak's track record includes founding
successful companies including a healthcare business that ultimately grew to over
120 locations over 15 years, where he and
Worley worked closely together for over a
decade. Cohen has been providing pilot instruction to Novak for several years. The two
often discussed the drone industry while
giving Novak flight lessons.
In his previous company, Worley held
various leadership positions including
and helped oversee construction, development and marketing. He left the company
following discussions with Novak. "We felt
the industry was at a good point in terms
of adoption and people understanding the