Carson City continues to lead Nevada cities in its use of drones to map and inspect city assets more efficiently and cost-effectively. To satisfy state and federal regulations, Carson City conducts an annual volumetric survey and financial assurance report of the city’s municipal solid waste landfill site. This involves obtaining an updated aerial topographic survey of the landfill site each year. Until this year, the city has relied on expensive traditional manned aerial surveys to get the job done. This year, however, Carson City teamed up with Strix Imaging, a northern Nevada drone aerial imaging and mapping firm, and Alpine Land Surveying, the surveyor of responsible charge, to map the city’s landfill more cost-effectively using drone technology. Carson city saved over 25% on their landfill mapping with Strix Imaging. “The products we provide are truly turnkey. Our customers don’t need pilot licenses, they don’t need to learn new processes, and customers don’t need to take on any of the risks associated with operating their own drone” said Brian Blair, founder of Strix Imaging. Carson City like many municipalities has their own drone program and leverages it for many uses internally. Carson City has been using drones to support operations, maintenance, planning, and emergency management since September 2016. Carson City contacted Strix Imaging with a desire for precise high accuracy mapping and the professional services that they could provide to meet regulatory requirements in less time and for less money. “Drones allow us to perform certain tasks faster and cheaper than we ever could before. We believe in using the right tool for the job and will continue to support internal drone operations and partner with professional drone service providers like Strix Imaging to ensure that we are using the right tool for the job each time a flight is needed.” said James Jacklett, Control Systems Operations Manager with Carson City. Strix Imaging employs advanced technology and decades of aviation experience to provide maps that can be accurate to within 3 inches. The cost of systems, like the one Strix uses, including the large time investment to train personnel and acquire pilot licenses, is typically beyond what makes sense for organizations that don’t have extensive mapping needs “More and more, we find survey firms, engineering firms, cities and mines who do small-area mapping with their own drones, end up turning to providers like us for their large-area, precision mapping needs. Aviation, even with drones, continues to be an industry that requires an extremely high level of precision and experience to make sure things go according to plan.” Blair said.