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Olsson receives federal approval for commercial drone operations

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Olsson Associates, a leader in the engineering design industry, has been awarded federal approval for commercial use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System. Under Section 333 and Certificate of Authorization, the firm has been given federal exemption to integrate the Draganfly X4, the 3D Robotics Aero-M and the 3D Robotics X8 into existing and new service lines at Olsson.

“This exemption is an important step for Olsson Associates in providing accurate, actionable and defensible aerial data products to our clients,” said Jonathan Harris, unmanned systems program manager for Olsson Associates. “Our clients are continually looking for new and innovative ways to reduce costs while increasing their safety of operations. UAS are an incredible tool to meet those demands.”

Olsson uses UAS for a variety of services, spanning many of its practice groups. Applications include aerial inspection, photogrammetric and light detection and ranging (LiDAR) survey, wildlife monitoring and architectural pre-visualization.

“Olsson continues to identify new and exciting ways to help provide industry-leading services to our clients, and we believe this UAS/drone technology is just another example of what we feel is critical to the future way of doing business in an efficient and cost-effective way,” said Ryan Beckman, Olsson’s senior vice president of sales and new business.

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