David McClennen

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  1. Actually you cannot. Stationary vehicles are one thing but once it has someone inside it and moving it becomes a liability. Of course I am going through something similar and the are ways around it. I usually wait for a break in traffic and then cross with my camera at 90 degrees to see that im fully across to the other side. If I need more top down or an angle closer to the bridge i fly with the camera at 90 degrees again and set up adjacent to the roadway. While there are rules agaisnt flying over traffic there's nothing about flying adjacent to the roadway.
  2. I'm David, I'm a Geospatial Information Systems Technician, and the Drone program coordinator for the city of Seabrook. I've been flying since Feburary of this year. We started mostly out of necessity as TXDOT has decided to start 2 major construction projects that essentially quarter our city. No one had experience with drones, but I had mapping experience so it's been a steep learning experience from the beginning to say the least! Now, we have 7 more pilots from across departments coming in to the program, and are looking to expand our fleet from one drone to several. Looking forward to sharing my experiences, and using your wisdom.
  3. I work for a municipality; I am a GIS TECH. and I love Trimble products. They have amazing products and are a premier geospatial company. That said, a majority of the geospatial industry's business model, as im sure most others are too, is subscriptions. Trimble is no exception. Drone imagery processing software companies are also the same way. I recently started our own drone program; and what i had determined from similar research was I had to bring as much if not all stages 'in house' as possible. Processing, fleet/ pilot management, mapping. I will say though if you got the money and it's no issue, go the route that requires less experience on your end. The route we chose required us to learn a lot beyond the basics, lots of training. But if you don't have time to do that id suggest going the way you mentioned. Less stress on you and the quality will be A+ right off the bat.