The North Dakota Department of Transportation has received waivers at the end of March to start using drones for flood season and in emergency response situations.
North Dakota DoT uses drones for flood season
The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) tested the effectiveness of drones last year and concluded that the bird’s eye perspective would save the department resources when determining the extent of a flooding situation. This year the NDDOT will be officially using the drones for the first time.
“A picture is worth a thousand words. So, as far as getting that information out there on our Facebook, our Twitter and all those things–basically, people can see what’s going on without actually going out there,” said NDDOT Strategy and Innovation Director Russ Buchholz, according to West Dakota Fox.
Directors from the DoT said that unmanned aircraft will save crews from dangerous situations. The drones will also be used for transportation survey work and to determine the needs for resources for various projects.
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