One Billion Drones by 2030?

U.S. futurist Thomas Frey spoke on the future of drones at the World of Drones Congress in Brisbane.

No, there will not be 1 billion drones flying around the world in 2030. The concept of a drone, as defined by futurist Thomas Frey, means there will be 1 billion unmanned vehicles flying, rolling, swimming and more.

Frey touched on the impact drones could have in the future while speaking at the World of Drones Congress in Brisbane.

“In the future drones are going to have multiple capabilities, so let’s not think of them as little flying cameras,” he told the audience.

“They can also roll on the ground, they can stick to the side of a building, float in the river, dive under water… they can climb a tree and attach themselves like a parasite to the side of a plane. A driverless car is a drone.”

Frey said he believed one day every city would have its own fleet of drones, making tasks more efficient across areas like health, education, business, travel, and leisure.

While Frey expects drones to have a positive impact moving forward, he said the industry needs to recognize that until battery technology makes major leaps forward, the impact is always going to be limited.


Florida Drone Technology Company Launches Pipeline Inspection and Classification into the Future

Accurate identification—along with periodic verification—of High Consequence Areas (HCAs) in the pipeline industry is more vital than ever before.

Tampa, Florida — In the natural gas pipeline industry, accurate identification—along with periodic verification—of High Consequence Areas (HCAs) is absolutely vital.  With stringent and costly government regulations on the rise, the need has never been greater for a quick, cost-effective means to analyze the demographics and physical environment inside the potential impact radius (PIR) surrounding thousands of miles of pipeline throughout the US.

Since the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) recently released updated guidelines regarding proper HCA identification, pipeline owners and operators have had to re-evaluate the time consuming and expensive processes in place to accurately classify pipelines nationwide. Failure to do so will likely translate into hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.

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DFS drone technology easily identifies key classification metrics, impending violations, and even  gas leaks.

A Timely, High-Tech Solution

Diverse Flight Solutions (DFS), in partnership with Detailed Aerial Solutions (Shepherd, MI), now has an answer for Florida pipeline operators and inspectors in the form of high-tech unmanned eyes in the sky.

Combining drone technology and a powerful cloud-based software platform, DFS can quickly and accurately identify key classification metrics, impending violations, and even potential gas leaks, via a simple flyover of any given stretch of pipeline.  By integrating precise mapping software, current census data as well as high-definition video and still photographs, this proprietary technology will provide pipeline operators with an extraordinary amount of data to classify pipeline faster, and more accurately, than ever before.

More Accurate Information in a Fraction of the Time

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Data such as landowner information (contact name, address, phone, facility type and more), number of structures, HCAs and other user-defined fields can be pulled up, and shared, with a click of a mouse.

The information gathered using this drone technology will be a gamechanger in the industry. This data includes metrics such as the number of people that live and work in any given radius surrounding a pipeline, an algorithm that identifies a building as a residence, school, assisted living facility, etc. (as well as how many people are actually on premise within a specific time period), and even contact information for home and business owners along the route, if desired.

Data collection that used to take upwards of 3 to 5 weeks of labor can now be acquired and documented in 24 – 36 hours. Fully equipped drones operated by certified pilots eliminate the need for traditional walking crews, by flying over—and analyzing—the same stretches of pipe at a drastically quicker pace.

Signage Requirements: Fines Ahead

Imprecise signage along pipeline routes—one area highlighted by new regulations—looks to be a major source of fines in the near future. Without drone technology, pipeline owners are forced to send crews out to physically walk the line in order to verify compliance.

Without drone technology, pipeline owners are forced to send crews out to physically walk the line in order to avoid with costly signage violations.

With a drone flyover however, high-definition video and still images clearly illustrate the markings around any given area.

What’s more, precise documentation will be a key factor in eluding severe penalties moving forward. Diverse Flight Solutions’ technology records everything in the cloud; this means that any and all documentation can be accesses anywhere, any time it’s needed.

Leak Detection

In addition to acquiring key classification data, DFS can also use drone technology to detect leaks along a pipeline. Through the use of specialized cameras and lenses—including infrared—DFS can ascertain plant and vegetation health surrounding stretches of pipeline, which is a key indicator of a leak.

A New Day in Pipeline Inspection

Drone technology can save pipeline operators in the state of Florida hundreds of hours in manpower, while preventing potentially enormous fines.

With over 10 years overseeing day-to-day operations in the industry, Michael Klumpp of DAS understands the challenges facing pipeline operators today.

“New standards mean that these pipelines must be brought to code, or companies face millions of dollars in fines,” says Klumpp. “The current processes involve overlaying giant maps created by using data from crews walking thousands of miles of pipe. It’s time intensive and subjective. They can’t keep up.”

DAS and DFS have combined to offer advanced solutions in the state of Florida that quickly and cost-effectively collect the necessary data to correctly classify pipeline (and identify HCAs), discover PHMSA compliance violations before fines are levied, and even detect leaks, all while putting executive-level data directly into the hands of those that need it most.


Diverse Flight Solutions’ Detailed Pipeline Solutions Software and platform is a gas and oil pipeline industries solution to PHMSA compliance and standards concerns. Necessary data that once took 3-5 weeks of manual labor to collect can now be obtained in 24-36 hours, by using drone imaging combined with an interactive map viewer and overlapping data. For more information contact Diverse Flight Solutions at 727-410-0134 or by email at


How Accurate is Drone Surveying

How Accurate is Drone Surveying in Quantifying Stockpiles?

Drones in Mining and Aggregates, Part Three: 

Drone surveying vs ground surveyingIn Parts One and Two of this series, we covered the steps involved in drone surveying, and then looked at one company’s economic breakdown of the cost savings experienced by integrating a commercial drone into daily operations.  Drone surveying is revolutionizing this process and saving a great deal of money (and time) for companies throughout the world.

Now we’ll address a common question in regards to quantifying stockpiles with UAVs: How accurate is drone surveying?

The Right Stuff: Superior Drone Surveying Equipment and Software is Paramount 

Subpar drone surveying equipmentPhotogrammetric accuracy in quantifying and mapping depends on a number of factors, not the least of which is equipment. Factors such as pixel resolution, lens quality, accuracy and control, quality of GPS, caliber of software, post-processing procedures and more all directly affect the accuracy of drone surveying.

Since drone surveying technology began to explode and the FAA eased restriction on using UAVs for commercial use, drone pilots have come out of the woodwork using off-the-shelf machines and sub-standard cameras, trying to pass as UAV professionals.

Drone surveying equipmentWhen it comes to specialization like measuring stockpiles and creating 3D mapping, cutting corners on equipment just won’t cut it. The equipment involved in accurate drone surveying isn’t cheap. At Diverse Flight Solutions, we use (and sell) advanced drone packages that run anywhere from around $15,000 up to $50,000 plus.  When the Tom, Dick and Harrys come out of the woodwork offering specialty services like this with substandard equipment, the drone surveying industry as a whole gets a black mark.

When a drone professional with the right equipment and proper volumetric software follows best practices, study after study has proven that drone surveying consistently comes within 1-2% accuracy compared to expensive and time-consuming professional ground surveys.

Continued on Page 2: Case Study on the Accuracy of Aerial Surveys

A Real World Look at How Aerial Surveys with Drone Technology are Revolutionizing the Industry

How Aerial Surveys with Drones Save Companies Money: A Real World Look

Drones in Mining and Aggregates, Part Two

Aerial surveys for stockpilesIn Part 1 of this series, we took a step-by-step look at our process of measuring stockpiles through aerial surveys in mining, aggregates and construction. The process itself is quick and efficient, particularly in comparison with traditional quantifying methods (i.e. “walking the piles”).

Whether a company decides to invest in its own drone package for recurring aerial surveys, or hires a qualified service provider to come out periodically (Diverse Flight Solutions does both in the state of Florida), this technology is saving mining and aggregate firms a great deal of money, time, as well as liability.

Now that you’ve seen the calculation process, let’s take a look at one company’s in-depth economic study comparing stockpile measurement done through conventional methods versus aerial surveys through drone technology.

Aerial Surveys Provide Substantial Savings for Alabama Contracting Company

This study, provided by Kespry, begins by adding up the company’s costs associated with quantifying stockpiles at three sites—each with a total of 30 large piles—over the course of a year.  Costs were broken down into three categories as follows:
mining and aggregate measurementAnnual Costs (Without Drone)

Manpower – Before incorporating aerial surveys, the company conducted four internal volumetric measurements over the course of the year. Each of the three sites took a week to quantify, which translated to a total of 576 hours at $30/hr for an annual total of $17,280 of employee manpower.

Equipment – The cost of the survey and GPS equipment was figured by the firm’s finance department to be $11/hr, adding up to $4,752 over the course of the year.

Third Party Expenses – Two external ground surveys were completed throughout the year as well. One was carried out via manned aircraft at a cost of $11,000 and another by ground at $4,800, for a third party total of $15,800.

Total Annual Cost: $37,832

Continued on Next Page: Annual Costs Using a Drone/Summary

How Drones are Used to Measure Stockpiles

How Drones are Used to Measure Stockpiles

Drones in Mining and Aggregates, Part One: 

Aggregate stockpilesWord is starting to get out about commercial drones, and their ability to provide valuable aerial data, functional 3D models and accurately measure stockpiles in a fraction of the time required using traditional methods.  While it’s not necessarily the drones that quantify the stockpiles—the high-tech cameras, sensors and data-analyzing software connected with the drones do the heavy lifting—this technology is helping mining operations and aggregate producers the world over to streamline essential tasks, thereby saving a great deal of time and money.

But how exactly does this drone technology work?  Let’s start with some basics, including the steps involved in stockpile measurement, and then take a look at how drone technology is saving mining and aggregate businesses money and time in the real world (spoiler: it’s not only through stockpiles).

Why Are Drones in the News Right Now?
faa-part-107-dronesBefore we get into the specifics, you might be wondering why drones are such a hot topic; particularly in the US. In August of 2016, the FAA officially began certification testing for commercial drone use without a pilot’s license. In order to legally provide a service like stockpile measurement in the past, one would need an actual pilot’s license and an exemption from the FAA, known as section 333.

Under the new rules, UAV pilots that are certified through the FAA via “Part 107” can legally provide commercial drone services in the United States. This allows businesses in a number of different industries to legally and more affordably use drone technology to streamline tasks and gain competitive advantage.

Man Uses Drone for stockpilesDrone Options: Purchase vs. Service

Companies can take advantage of this drone technology by either purchasing their own drone package (UAV, high-tech camera with essential sensors, software analysis package, etc) to quantify stockpiles or by hiring a qualified provider to come out and fly the site.

Buying a drone equipped to provide accurate stockpile data is, of course, not cheap. For this reason, the trend appears to favor the service model.  The industry as a whole is still in its infancy, but qualified drone service providers like Diverse Flight Solutions can periodically fly a site to provide accurate inventory measurements of any number of stockpiles, as often as need.  Price will often be reduced as frequency  of service increases.

Next Page: Step-by-Step – How Drones are Used to Measure Stockpiles

FHP chief says drones won’t be used for speeding enforcement

– Drones would not be used to ticket motorists, Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Executive Director Terry Rhodes said Tuesday after her agency got backing from the state Cabinet to ask lawmakers to set up a pilot program that would use unmanned aerial devices to help manage traffic crashes.

“If we were going to do this, number one I would want to try it for a year, 18 months, report back to the Legislature and then determine what type of law it would be,” Rhodes told reporters. “It would not be for criminal evidence or arrests.”

Asked if drones could be used to issue speeding tickets or other motor-vehicle infractions, Rhodes responded, “That is not the intent.” She added, “There are other uses for it, but I don’t want to use it for getting speeding tickets.”

The Cabinet — Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, Attorney General Pam Bondi and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater — agreed to accept the highway agency’s “legislative concepts,” including the drone proposal, for the 2017 session.  Gov. Rick Scott abstained from the vote.

The drone proposal stems from a 2013 state law that prohibits the use of unmanned aerial vehicles by law enforcement for surveillance and evidence gathering. The law limits the use of automated surveillance aircraft by law enforcement unless a judge issues a warrant, there is a “high risk of terrorist attack” or officials fear someone is in imminent danger.

The law was pushed as a way to protect people from the unwarranted use of drones and other unmanned aircraft.

Information provided by The News Service of Florida.

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Real Estate properties should be shown in a dramatic and striking way. DFS capture just that. As any commercial or residential broker or investor knows, curb appeal is one of the most important features of any property. Aerial HD video and photography has the ability to truly get the look and feel of the property AND its vicinity.  Or utilize our “Inspections”  imaging service to provide closeHD imagery of potential issues with commercial or residential properties. Roofs, eaves. structures, and unsafe or hard-to-reach areas are ideal for an Aerial inspection service. 

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Book your FREE consultation or demonstration today! Our mission is simple, to provide high quality aerial imaging and data collection in a safe, efficient and cost effective manner. We are a leader as a professional commercial drone operator/contractor.

We provide aerial and ground based ultra high definition video, photography, inspection and mapping services for the commercial, industrial, real estate and private sectors. All of our pilots are FAA Approved Remote Pilots, Airman Certified with Small Unmanned Aircraft System Rating. Drones are considered aircraft, and as such, our UAS are registered with the FAA, just like an airplane. You can be secure knowing that we pride ourselves on legal, safe and professional operations.

Diverse Flight Solutions services a wide variety of industries. Whether your needs include crop data/monitoring, mapping & surveying, construction monitoring, emergency response & public safety, industrial inspections, golf course and aerial photography, real estate and more. Diverse Flight Solutions is at your service. Commercial drone services in Tampa, and surrounding areas.

We have over 20 years of combined experience. Our staff consists of the most knowledgeable engineers and experienced pilots the industry has to offer. Diverse Flight Solutions  can build any custom drone to suit your company’s needs. We also provide flight services with our own equipment at a low cost.

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Drones For Agricultural Crop Surveillance

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Using drones for crop surveillance can drastically increase farm crop yields while minimizing the cost of walking the fields or airplane fly-over filming. Using our Imaging system, you can view composite video showing the health of your crops.

Utilize Advanced agricultural drone technology for the farming and agriculture industries with intuitive, actionable intelligence that drives costs down and improves crop performance. Reap the benefits of precise crop scouting from above.


The Benefits of Drones in Farming

  • Increase Yields
    • Find potentially yield limiting problems in a timely fashion.
  • Save Time
    • While all farmers know the value of scouting their crops few actually have time to cover the acres on foot.
  • Return on Investment
    • At an average of $2 per acre for a walking visual inspection or an aerial survey to take an image of crop fields, the ROI on the purchase of an aerial helicopter drone can be met quickly. In most operations, the ROI for our drones can be achieved in a crop season or less, leaving you owning a drone that reduces your operating costs and improves your crop yield by giving you the timely information you need for quick management intervention.
  • Ease of use
    • UAV products can be very complex to set-up and operate, but with our preset standards we allow new operators to have confidence in operating from the beginning.
  • Integrated GIS mapping
    • Draw field borders for flight pattern
  • Crop Health Imaging
    • Seeing the true health of your field in a color contrast allows you to see how much sunlight is being absorbed by the crop canopy.
    • Identify Crop Stress, Track Rough Plants & Detect Early Infestations
  • Failsafe – The Drone Flies Home
    • As an added safety net with the flip of switch your  Drone will return to its original takeoff location

With a drone or UAV you can capture highly accurate images of your fields, covering up to hundreds of acres in a single flight. Without the cost and hassle of manned services. At a far greater resolution than satellite imagery provides, even when there is cloud cover.

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