County incorporating drone technology

A DRONE'S EYE VIEW OF THE DICKE ROAD PROJECT
By: 
Bob Tomaszewski
Staff Writer

The Auglaize County Engineer is starting to incorporate new technology into long-standing and continuing projects throughout the county.

This fall, as soon as the leaves start falling, Doug Reinhart said his department will put drones in the air to survey both the Auglaize and the St. Mary rivers.

In the past, department personnel would personally inspect the river banks.

“A guy would use a four-wheeler and ride along the river to inspect log jams,” Reinhart said. Now, the plan is to fly drones at about 150-feet to find the jams, and then send back coordinates to create an arial map of the trouble spots.

Reinhart said members of his department went through training and received the necessary FFA licenses to operate drones. The equipment is currently in use for arial photographs of on-going draining projects, Reinhart said. The county engineer hopes to use the drones for bridge inspections as well, but said that concept has yet to receive approval by the Federal Highway Administration.

Reinhart estimates...

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