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Webinar | Using Drones To Supplement Characterization At Complex Sites

July 12 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EDT


Join us on July 12, 2023 for a technical webinar regarding Using Drones To Supplement Characterization At Complex Sites

Presentation Description


Many munitions response and environmental investigation sites have challenging conditions, such as steep terrain, which make accessibility to the site difficult or impossible, leading to data gaps and incomplete site characterizations. Recent developments in Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) technology have made it possible to equip drones with customizable payloads, including a wide variety of sensors capable of performing characterization surveys in areas that are inaccessible to terrestrial surveys.

A case study will be presented for a complex munitions site that includes several types of terrain, land use, and contamination profiles, including sheer cliffs that drop approximately 1,000 to 1,500 feet around the rim of the mesa. Parsons’ approach to performing munitions and explosives of concern characterization was to deploy sUAS to collect aerial orthophotography and thermal imagery data over the inaccessible portions of the site.

Results/Lessons Learned

Analysis of the sUAS data for the case study identified 201 potential munitions related items and aided in the delineation of 2 high-density areas in inaccessible locations that could not have been investigated using traditional terrestrial survey techniques. The use of these sUAS technologies enabled Parsons to complete a full characterization and risk assessment of the site without producing any data gaps
associated with the steep terrain.


William Baum 

William (Billy) Baum is a Munitions Response Geophysicist at Parsons. Throughout his career, Mr. Baum has specialized in collecting and interpreting digital geophysical mapping (DGM) and advanced geophysical classification (AGC) data for federal clients such as United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC).

To Join The Webinar

Microsoft Teams Meeting
Join on your computer, mobile app or room device: Click here to join the meeting.

Or call in (audio only): +1 951.465.7634
Phone Conference ID: 980 621 551#

Please visit the Parsons YouTube channel where video recordings of our previous
technical webinars are available for viewing.


July 12
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
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