Department of Labor Drone-Based Roof Inspections – Various U.S. Locations

  • U.S. Department Of Labor
Project Value

$100 million+


Federal Infrastructure



Over the last decade, Parsons has supported the Department of Labor’s Job Corps architecture and engineer design and construction management services at 121 Job Corps Centers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. The Job Corps is the largest residential career training program in the United States and has been operating for over 50 years. The program helps eligible young people ages 16 through 24 complete their high school education, trains them for meaningful careers, and assists them with obtaining employment. Within the Job Corps’ Division of Facilities and Assessment Management program, Parsons has implemented visual and thermal drone-based sensors for roof inspections and provided guidance on modernizing and expanding educational facilities nationwide.

Take To The Sky

Throughout the years, our teams have tested and implemented various technological capabilities to include exterior models of each Job Corp facility. This has included drone-based roof inspections using thermal and high-resolution day-time imagery and laser scanning of interior structures for construction planning. Our drones provided detailed imagery for sloped roofs that cannot be safely accessed in person and also valuable infrared (IR) data to help locate potential roof leaks on flat roofs. All of this data helped provide the Department of Labor with informed recommendations for targeted repairs versus replacements to improve quality of life.

Project Scope And Overview

The drone-based inspection was introduced to the program as a more efficient way to document existing conditions, especially when commercially available satellite imagery could not provide the same level of resolution or up-to-date depictions of the centers. Drone captured photos are all GPS tagged and site photos are built into models for inspectors to note areas on concerns, estimate repair areas, and deliver change-over-time capabilities when the next drone inspection occurs. The team, when requested, also provided presentations and demonstrations to students and staff at the centers about use cases of drone technology.

Our Drone Inspection Expertise

Our talented team of architects, engineers, drafters, IT professionals, and innovators have sought to bring technological solutions to provide maintenance plans and cost-effective recommendations to the Job Corps program. Many of the educational facilities are older and have unique challenges at each location, so the teams at Parsons have used creative problem-solving to provide solutions to each challenge, including the use of 3D modeling technologies. We use drones to manage risk during inspections, and by using increasingly autonomous drones, thermal sensors, and zooming cameras, we perform inspections both up close and from a distance.

Learn More

The use of drones is taking off—and for good reason. Drones’—also called Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS)—are a boon to all industries benefiting from remote sensing technologies. Drone-mounted sensors help save time, cut costs, and improve safety, especially during inspections. Moreover, sUAS capture imagery and other types of data are invaluable to design, planning, and project management. Learn more.


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