We're Taking Our Clients To New Heights With Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) / Drones

Keeping with our tradition, Bowser-Morner continues to expand our horizons.  Employing Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), we have taken to the sky to better serve our clients’ needs in topographical mapping and photogrammetry services.

Bowser-Morner has a rich tradition  of investing in our people and equipment in order to bring technological advances and their associated benefits to our clients.  Today, we employ remote pilots for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS or drones) in our Dayton, Ohio office.  Our skilled pilots, working in tandem with our professional CAD designer, allow for quick turnaround time, providing data to clients just days after the flight.

Our Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) services include:

  • Aerial Photography
  • Topographical Mapping
  • Stockpile Inventories
  • Waste Compaction Ratio Calculations
  • 3D Modeling

These services are performed in less time and they provide more accurate data than past methods. 

Drones are particularly adept at work above waste disposal facilities and mining and aggregate facilities.  The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) allows us to develop topographic maps for waste disposal sites that can be compared across time to calculate a cell’s consumed airspace as well as cut and fill quantities.  This method of mapping is much more accurate than assuming this information from the weight or volumes of vehicles entering the landfill, or from traditional field surveys.

Before each flight, ground control points are established using a Trimble Geo 7X GPS Unit with a vertical accuracy of 3.5 mm + 0.5 ppm RMS.  The drone then captures images that include these points, thereby increasing the accuracy of the topographic map during the processing stage.  The result is a more accurate final product for your use. 

An additional benefit of UAVs is that the drone can fly below the clouds, approximately 400 feet above the site. This enables the UAV to capture aerial photography in cloudy weather; a benefit that was not available using past traditional methods of aerial photography.  Moreover, the drone is equipped with a 20 Megapixel camera that provides exceptional, high-quality aerial photos and a 3D point cloud.  The point cloud allows you to view your site in 3D, a vast improvement over traditional, one-dimension maps.

Aside from providing basic topographical information, UAV technology can also perform aerial surveys for 3D volumetric analysis of stockpiles and inventory.  This method builds a digital 3D model of the facility and allows Bowser-Morner’s professional staff of engineers and geologists to delineate the various assets of interest on the site and calculate their volume with increased accuracy.  This process can be done as a stand-alone service or as an add-on to traditional topographical mapping.

To better serve our clients, we recently expanded our UAV inventory. Our newest addition allows us to offer improved 3D modeling compared to our previous capabilities.

If you don't need a full aerial, and just need some basic aerial photos of an area of interest, Bowser-Morner can help! For small jobs, we have a quadcopter equipped with a 4K/21 megapixel camera to provide high quality photos of your site.

Our UAV inventory of FAA registered drones includes:

  • (1) eBee Classic fixed-wing drone
  • (1) eBee X fixed-wing drone with  a SO.D.A 3D camera
  • (1) Parrot ANAFI WORK compact quadcopter

UAV Technology combined with Bowser-Morner’s expertise in engineering is a cost effective solution that improves your operations, saves you time, reduces your costs, and increases data accuracy.  If you have a task you believe the UAV could accomplish, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  As we like to say, the sky's the limit!

Key Personnel

Vice President / Director, Engineering & Environmental Services Division View Bio
Ass't Manager, Geologist III View Bio
Environmental Scientist - Drone Pilot View Bio