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How Drones are Helping Shape Roads in the Caribbean

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I was extremely fortunate last month to head to the Caribbean to aid in some road design. In Alberta, with the exception of some roads through the Rockies, our roads are generally flat and the main issues we need to contend with are the freeze thaw cycles our climate brings. In the Caribbean, they may not get winter, but they get a tonne of rain that often washes away sections of road. On top of that, the topography forces road designers to contend with extreme slopes, often times up to and over 20%. The sides of the road have extensive canopy cover or are directly beside the ocean. Winds are constantly blowing and the weather can change rapidly. All of this can lead to some tricky conditions.

With limited ground surveying available, and access to some roads difficult, drones seemed like an ideal solution to get the contractor Mitch from M.B designs the information he needed to build better roads. While on some down time waiting for the winds to die down I interviewed Mitch for this article. Here are some of his responses.

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Picking a Good UAV Ground School

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These days there are a lot of UAV ground schools out there. Ground schools are a great way to learn about the rules and regulations regarding UAVs and provide you with practical and theoretical knowledge regarding the safe operations of UAVs. However, trying to pick the best one for your needs can sometimes be a bit tricky and confusing. So, lets start with the basics.

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No Fly Zones

Whether you fly your drone for fun, or for work or research, you must put safety first. DJI and the National Research Council of Canada has taken some safety matters into their own hands and issued no fly zones. DJIs latest firmware update does not allow your propellers to start up when within their no fly zones found here. You will notice that the no fly zones are centred around major urban airports. Canada’s National Research Council cannot prevent your propellers from spinning, however, they have published an interactive map you can find here which centers around almost all the aerodromes in Canada.

However, there are still many more areas you cannot fly than are listed on these maps. So where you can fly really depends on 3 things.

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