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On March 29, 2016, the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and the Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence and Innovation (LSUASC), State of Texas FAA UAS Test Site, announced the National Unmanned Aircraft Systems Credentialing Program (NUASCP). NUASCP offers Section 333 exemption holders the opportunity to receive a 3rd party vetting and “Live-Flight” operational audit of all of their operational and safety policies, procedures and qualifications required through the 333 exemption process.

Qualified vendors and operators that complete the program are provided with a certificate that serves to differentiate them from the over 4,500 (and counting) exemption holders as voluntarily enrolling in and satisfactorily completing a program to further demonstrate their ability to safely and effectively operate Section 333 exempted small UAS in the NAS.  

Moreover, this credential offers qualified vendors exclusive access to selected TEEX-LSUASC UAS programs and opportunities under development such as support to State and Federal disaster and emergencies and potential access to energy sector and other Industry partners for the purposes of infrastructure inspection and other remote sensing support that may contribute to the growth and enhanced business operation for the qualified vendor.  TEEX and the LSUASC continue to add “Stake Holder” partners to the program that may at their choosing elect to require successful completion of this program in order to be considered for contracted services.

Precision Aerial Compliance Solutions

Voluntarily participated in this program and is pleased to announce we performed our Oral, Safety and Flight audits July 29, 2016 and are the 4th service provider to complete this rigorous credentialing process.

Precision Aerial Crew performing Pre-Flight check during flight audit.

Finalizing Pre-Flight check and calling sterile cockpit.

Pilot in Command and Visual Observer flying the audit flight.

Harris County Flood Control District and Precision Aerial Team up to fly John Paul’s Landing Environmental Park project.

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Unmanned Aircraft Systems and the HCFCD

The Harris County Flood Control District is testing the use of small, unmanned, remotely guided aircraft as a cost-effective tool for conducting flood control project surveys, and for collecting maintenance-related data and imagery.

The Flood Control District joins a wide range of government agencies – from public works and parks departments to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – who use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to more safely and efficiently:

  • Inspect infrastructure
  • Collect geo-spatial data about what’s on the ground in a particular location
  • Conduct plant and animal species surveys

With jurisdiction over more than 2,500 miles of open and closed channels across nearly 1,800 square miles, and with limited staff, the Flood Control District anticipates a variety of potential benefits from the use of UAS:

  • They make the inspection process safer for inspectors who often need to access waterways and enter remote, overgrown areas.
  • They allow inspectors to cover more ground in a work day, as compared to boots-on-the-ground inspections.
  • Future applications could utilize different image-capturing capabilities to identify plant stress, and quantify success of site stabilization and tree planting sites. These tasks help to determine when a project has been successfully completed by a contractor, or to identify contractor performance issues.

Flood Control District use of UAS technology is guided by both federal and state law, including the Texas Privacy Act. Recent contractors, HUVRdata LLC and Precision Aerial Compliance Solutions, are among UAS service providers vetted and credentialed by the National UAS Credentialing Program (NUASCP).

According to project flight rules, the UAS fly over and retain data about ONLY Flood Control District-owned property and right of way. Flight rules require that the Federal Aviation Administration-certified Pilot In Command:

  • Maintain visual contact with the aircraft at all times
  • Avoid flying over or collecting data about any persons not directly involved in the demonstration project, which includes adjacent homeowners.
  • Fly only during daylight hours.

UAS at John Paul’s Landing Stormwater Detention Basin

Conroe based Precision Aerial Compliance Solutions LLC, a Flood Control District UAS contractor, conducted a two-day aerial topographic survey October 10-11 at the Stormwater Detention Basin at John Paul’s Landing in northwest Harris County. Data and images from the 283-acre survey, which included the site of a completed Excavation & Removal (E&R) contract, will provide timely information about current conditions at the site, where work progresses on a $1.8 million capital project to expand the stormwater detention basin. Quick completion of the topographic survey will help avoid costly delays in the project, which began in 2015 and continues with a second phase in 2016.

Precision Aerial used a 4-rotor Phoenix ACE, custom-built by Maryland-based UAV Solutions, to perform the work. This backpack-able vertical take-off and land system is equipped with infrared and daylight cameras, weighs less than six pounds, and has a sixty-minute flight duration. Precision Aerial is now working on a final survey report, including data and images.

The basin at John Paul’s Landing, located in a mostly rural area of the Addicks Reservoir watershed, is a key element of the Upper Langham Creek Frontier Program. John Paul’s Landing is the site of a future Harris County Precinct 3 park.

Stormwater detention basins reduce flooding risks and damages during heavy rain events by safely storing excess floodwater and slowly releasing it back to the bayou when the threat of flooding has passed. E&R projects provide a cost-effective way to perform preliminary excavation in advance of a future capital project.