Recently, 603 Drones, LLC was hired by a firm out of Pennsylvania to provide both aerial and ground imaging of their latest piece of technology which was being deployed here in New Hampshire. The firm, TyBot, LLC, has developed an automated robot designed to identify and tie rebar unions in bridge deck and other concrete-form applications. Traditionally, tying the thousands of rebar unions that are created during the initial deck forming process required a crew of laborers to perform very back-breaking and manual labor as the work is generally performed bent over at the waist while moving from one union to the next all day long. This new technology, on the other hand, is capable of working day and night, through sunshine and rain, to quickly tie the rebar together and accelerate the lead time headed into the concrete pour stage.
This project was particularly challenging for our aerial unit as it involved working over a bridge that spanned a major interstate highway and was under active construction. This meant threading a very fine needle trying to avoid breaking FAA regulations regarding flights directly over people and traffic. Unfortunately, that meant limited range of movement for aerial video, but we were still able to capture all sides of the equipment over the course of the day.
Technology-based projects are definitely a favorite of ours and we’re always excited to discover new innovations in any field of industry. This was no exception as we were able to watch a single operator and this robot cover a substantial amount of ground during the time we were on-site that freed up the construction crew to focus on other needed tasks. We look forward to seeing more innovations of this type in the future!
Jeremy Jones is the founder of 603 Media Group and 603 Drones, LLC. He is a FAA Part 107 pilot and has experience flying multiple Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) platforms in commercial applications. He is also versed in both state and federal regulations as they relate to commercial vs hobbyist sUAS operations and helps new remote pilots to navigate these very tricky subjects.