Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

The impressive array of data captured by Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), or drones, is altering the dynamics of power system decisions and designs. You need experts who know how to gather the right data, analyze it and put it into a context that achieves your project’s goals.

You Benefit From Precision

POWER’s industry-leading experience in engineering, visualization and geographic information systems (GIS) allows us to pinpoint the data you require for a successful project. Sometimes, for example, your project needs a quick reroute for an area not covered by initial surveys. Gathering data with drones in such cases offers significant advantages in safety, precision, turn-around, convenience and cost over more traditional methods such as using helicopters. If it’s not a good fit, we’ll recommend another method.

Get The Most Out of Your Data

Capturing data is only the beginning. From our deep experience providing mapping, analysis and visualization services to the energy industry, we’ve developed the knowledge and tools that allow us to efficiently deliver solutions that work best for you. We’ll help you make the most of your project data while saving you time and money and reducing risk.

UAS Services

To see sample project applications for some of the top capabilities of our drones, download this infographic.

Photography and Videography

Drone photography and videography offer you a way to quickly see projects that are rapidly developing or in hard-to-reach locations. And you see them in high resolution.

Aerial photography once was limited to manned aircraft flying at 400 feet or higher. Drones now can bring you within a few feet. Our UAS experts can capture detail you were never able to see before. With geographical information tagged to the images, you can easily understand where they were taken.

Drone photography and videography provide a safe way for you to quickly acquire data that you can act on.

DennyWe monitored construction of Seattle City Light’s new Denny Substation project. Besides aerial imagery and video, we developed a 3D model to document construction methods and work completed for each stage of the project.


The ability to fly drones below 400 feet opens a world of possibilities to visualize the future of your project.

Our experts can merge drone video with animation to create a virtual 3D environment of your project. You gain the ability to provide the public, regulators and other stakeholders an easy way to understand how construction will progress over time. Your audience can grasp the big picture quickly, minimizing the time needed to answer a variety of questions.

You also gain the ability to model reality that allows you to take inventory and make surface calculations. You can inspect your project from anywhere and interact with the information captured from a drone.

You not only gain confidence that your project is being constructed as planned and designed, but you generate trust among stakeholders.

DennyCombining drone video and geospatial information, and then overlaying our 3D model, provided a look into the future of the Seattle City Light’s Denny Substation.

UAV SimWe used drones and animation technology to show different possible uses of an empty lot adjacent to POWER’s Boise office. This highlights the ability to simulate information in a video.

UAV SimBefore-and-after photo simulations quickly communicate to stakeholders how a project will fit into the landscape.


Mapping and Modeling

Highly accurate, detailed topographic data, maps and 3D models help you make smarter decisions, reduce your risk and achieve your project goals.

We’re a leader in using GIS for planning and documenting the effects of a project. Drones extend our ability to collect GIS data as well as aerial and thermal images. We will process the data to deliver a meaningful analysis that you can act on.

We also can call on our engineers, environmental professionals, GIS specialists and visualization experts to support your project. In POWER, you have a single source of services that our competitors typically outsource to subcontractors.

We used drones to scan a landslide area in northern Idaho. The data proved crucial to determining the extent of the slide and mitigating the problem.