Since 2015, International Drone Day has been a worldwide event where over 150 cities celebrate drones and their uses. We are excited to join in the celebration this year! Beginning in 2017, Stewart has offered the Geospatial Services vertical under our Geomatics practice area. Since then, our Geospatial Services team has traveled near (as close as the North Carolina State University campus) and far (the beautiful island of St. Lucia) to offer top-of-the-line aerial photography and fly-over videos using drone technology. Read on for an insight of how drone technology has been integrated into several of our interdisciplinary projects:
St. Lucia National Sports Strategy: Stewart developed a master plan identifying 28 venues of small-to-large sports and recreation complexes, including five national and iconic venues. The primary sports venues are designed to meet international association standards and include artificial turf soccer fields, synthetic tracks, cricket grounds, multiple sports courts, indoor basketball arena, aquatic center, support buildings, a national stadium, and a variety of other sports facilities.
In conjunction with our Sports & Events practice area, Stewart Geomatics provided surveying services and drone photography for multiple sports complexes, including Mabouya Valley Soccer Stadium, the National Tennis Center, and Daren Sammy Cricket Ground. “Stewart used a combination of field run survey and conventional stereo photogrammetry in order to maximize efficiency,” said Jamey Gray, PLS, Director of Geospatial Services. “During our latest trip to the island we were able to survey six sites within a week. These existing condition surveys were used for new design and retrofitting for the complexes.”
North Carolina State University Greek Village: Greek Village is a 50-acre site that will houses 20 individual fraternity and sorority houses near North Carolina State University. In addition, the redevelopment plans include new town homes for smaller fraternities and sororities, a community center, several pavilions, outside gathering areas and public space, ball fields, and attractive landscaping.
On this project involving four of our eight practice areas, our Geospatial Services team provided drone and aerial mapping of the entire site to assist with an existing conditions survey for Phase IV. Stewart plans to implement these same services in future phases of the project, due to be completed in 2024.
Fayetteville Technical Community College/Cumberland County Emergency Regional Fire and Rescue Training Center: The Center will support Fayetteville Tech’s Fire Protection Technology public service program of study, which provides educational training in emergency management, fire technology, and fire training. The Center will enable the college to add classes not currently offered including fire investigation/arson certification, thermal image, vehicle extrication, high-angle rescue technician, and other types of fire and rescue training. In addition to classrooms, the Center will provide live fire buildings, apparatus bays, technical rescue areas, specialized training areas, and additional training facilities for member departments of the Cumberland County Fire Chiefs’ Association and other emergency responders, bringing an unmatched level of quality for training opportunities across a multitude of disciplines that does not exist in North Carolina.
“For this project, Stewart used a combination of field run survey and conventional stereo photogrammetry for the existing conditions topographic survey,” said Gray. “We also provided high-resolution orthoimagery for mapping 2D planimetrics and assisting with the site study.”
While Stewart is proud to utilize drone technology to help achieve project goals and milestones, it’s not all work and no play for our Geospatial Services team. In July 2019, Jamey Gray and Geomatics Field Supervisor Will Turner volunteered their time to host the Girl Scouts North Carolina Coastal Pines Summer STEM Camp in a drone presentation at Dorothea Dix Park. Jamey and Will worked with the troop of 70 girls to get their homemade drones off the ground and flying. “Working with the Girl Scouts was a great opportunity to share some of our professional experience with a technology that’s inspiring for anyone interested in math and science-based careers and have a lot of fun at the same time,” said Gray.