Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Spring 2019


Charles Weber

Course Title

Strategic Management of Technology

Course Number

ETM 526/626


Drone aircraft -- Applications to surveying, Technology -- Management, Strategic planning


The process of gathering land surveying information is laborious and requires a skilled professional to perform. The land surveying industry is in desperate need of workers and this has increased the value of the work performed. The improvements in the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) industry have resulted in the equipment becoming significantly more affordable and as it advances, it has the potential to provide information that is less prone to human error than a traditional survey in a fraction of the time. This paper will discuss the changes to come in the industry of land surveying and will suggest ways to implement these new technologies, identify the weaknesses and limitations, and suggest further areas of research. As an example firm will be discussed and personal experience in this market will be incorporated.


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