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Mesa County, Colorado

Topographic surveying
- Frank Kochevar, GPS/survey supervisor for Mesa County Public Works, http://www.mesacounty.us/uav/

Mesa County, Colorado shares their cost savings using the Trimble UX5 over traditional aerial mapping

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given the Mesa County Sheriff's Office a license to operate a Trimble aerial imaging rover over Mesa County airspace. For the first time in the history of United States, Mesa County Public Works can perform unmanned aerial mapping. When using the Trimble UX5 over traditional aerial mapping methods, Mesa County’s Public Works also benefits in their cost savings as well.

Mesa County's Public Works chose the Trimble UX5 for a variety of applications. These include determining volume and compaction of the County landfill, surveying and monitoring capital improvement projects for roads and bridges, and assisting the Mesa County Sheriff's Office and other county departments. 

"With the Trimble UX5, Mesa County is one of the first to benefit from a cutting-edge solution that can change how surveyor's collect data," said Frank Kochevar, GPS/survey supervisor for Mesa County Public Works.

By using the Trimble UX5, Mesa County was able to complete the entire unmanned aerial survey of its landfill. In comparison with the traditional aerial survey in a manned aircraft, the cost of the entire project was just 1.7% of the usual cost. The Trimble UX5 demonstrated its features by helping surveyors drastically reduce the time and cost.

 

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