SLR contributes to UAV guidance

Environmental consultancy SLR is collaborating on a project to produce guidance for the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for infrastructure asset management. The firm has joined the Construction Industry Research and Information Association CIRIA’s latest project steering group (PSG).

SLR will assist the PSG in generating the guidance which will help establish good practice for the use of UAVs within infrastructure asset management. The project’s ultimate objective is to establish a clear understanding of how UAVs can improve asset management capabilities. Whilst the use of UAVs is regulated by the Civil Aviation Authority, there is insufficient independent industry guidance for their use for this purpose. SLR will support the project by providing case studies of work utilising drones undertaken during the past four years.

The firm will be joined by other representatives including HS2 Ltd, the Environment Agency, Network Rail, Tideway, ESRI and Thames Water. All PSG members are set to benefit from early and exclusive access to the guidance as it develops.

UAVs are not the only technological advancement of interest lately to SLR, as the firm recently extolled the benefits of using virtual reality when undertaking landscape and visual impact assessments (EA 31-01-18).