Olsson Associates has been awarded federal approval for commercial use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System. Under Section 333 and certificate of authorization, the firm has been given federal exemption to integrate the Draganfly X4, the 3D Robotics Aero-M and the 3D Robotics X8 into new and existing service lines.

“This exemption is an important step for Olsson Associates in providing accurate, actionable and defensible aerial data products to our clients,” says Jonathan Harris, unmanned systems program manager for Olsson Associates. “Our clients are continually looking for new and innovative ways to reduce costs while increasing their safety of operations. UAS are an incredible tool to meet those demands.”

Olsson uses UAS for a variety of services, spanning many of its practice groups. Applications include aerial inspection, photogrammetric and light detection and ranging (LiDAR) survey, wildlife monitoring and architectural pre-visualization.

Olsson Associates provides engineering and design services in water resources, transportation, structural, water/wastewater, land development, landscape architecture and urban planning, environmental resources and compliance, survey, technology, geotechnical and mechanical/electrical. The firm has more than 28 offices in the Midwest and Southwest U.S.