Cardno has released new technology designed to help reduce man hours required to clear an accident scene. The technology has already been used by several agencies throughout western Washington.

To document and map crime scenes today, law enforcement often requires the lanes where accidents occurred to be closed, which can cause major traffic delays.

“Often, there’s little more than orange traffic cones between the officers and the traffic passing the scene,” says Rob Dannenberg, Cardno’s unmanned aviation operations lead. “Using remote piloted aircraft (RPA) platforms, we’re able to increase data collection, suggest the best way to clear the scene and help turn a several-hour closure for accident documentation into less than 30 minutes.”

In addition Cardno’s RPA platforms enable a more thorough 3D modeling and reconstruction of the accident, providing a more detailed view of the event and surrounding scene.

“The real benefit is to the public we serve. One of the biggest advantages of the new system is our ability to arrive on a scene, deploy our unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and in minutes, have the results we need,” says Renton, Wash. Police Department Commander Chad Karlewicz. “Before, roads would have been closed for hours while we did our work.”

Cardno is also spearheading a pilot program with tactical units in the Northwest U.S. to assist with emergency response teams. The program aims to assess feasibility and best practices for RPAs to make the most of the technology and enhance situational awareness and officer safety.
Preliminary data from the pilot indicate an increase in enhancements to command and control systems and overall accountability.

“This pilot is in the initial stages, but we’ve seen some great early results and expect more progress in the months ahead as we receive feedback from the units,” Rob Dannenberg says.

About Cardno

Cardno is a professional infrastructure and environmental services company with expertise in the development and improvement of physical and social infrastructure for communities around the world. Cardno’s team includes professionals who plan, design, manage and deliver sustainable projects and community programs.