Learn the best practices to scale your UAV program’s data management systems effectively.
Find out how to set up and scale a digital asset management program that will reduce pilot error, prevent data loss and save on daily operational time.
Everything that your team does in the field and in the office needs a defined, documented process. This is no more essential than with file and folder management where a simple yet robust structure is essential to prevent data loss and increase time efficiency. Pre-preparation and on set diligence is key to success.
There are so many technical facets to drone data capture, from the hardware itself to the sensors the drones carry, to post-processing, data presentation, data analysis, hosting, and backups, etc. All of that is more than many teams (or IT departments for that matter) are comfortable with. Staying in the know and identifying key areas for you and the team to research and learn about monthly and quarterly is crucial. Research and evaluation need to be a continuing part of your program’s growth.
Automated sorting & uploading of data, also a valuable check for duplicate data, card formatting
A checksum is a small block of data pulled from another block of digital data that is used to detect any missing or erroneous information that may have been introduced during its transmission or storage to a new location. By using a checksum utility, a baseline measurement is established and allows for data monitoring to ensure proper retention. Examples of applications include Fixity, FastSum and ExactFile.
Flight log tracking and powerful analytics tool for drones. Roles, license holders and personnel management.
Software monitoring tool to detect errors in storage media
Awesome tool for tracking AV gear, survey equipment, drones, tripods etc. Preventative maintenance and analytics tools built in.
Successful programs emphasize gathering buy-in from stakeholders across departments into their drone programs -- and they do it by driving value. Almost every strong program whose tea, we engage with has an “anchor story” about a specific event involving their drone program that drove immense value. Some examples are: a $50k reduction in insurance costs, a massive reduction in risk, and a deployment that would have cost $35k in helicopters. Documenting ROI and presenting it constantly when advocating for change is a key mentality embraced by expanding orgs.
Once success has been achieved across multiple projects or areas of the organization with the drone program, program managers who are not afraid to ask for the resources they need are the ones that (surprise) get the tools to move forward. Technology investment requires risk, and to really expand, program managers need to take the success they’ve experienced and put it on the line to get the resources they need to really expand.
One of the most compelling mentalities of successful programs is thinking “future forward.” Almost every team we’ve spoken to that has grown rapidly can articulate a vision of what their program looks like in five years, not just next month, or next year. Looking at the value that can be driven by drones on this more distant horizon, and considering, planning for, and advocating for the use of future technologies is a crucial difference between programs that expand slowly, and those that are gaining real momentum.
This is a summary of Digital Asset Management for UAV Programs, a collaboration between Guinn Partners and Gnarbox. To download the full document please visit https://www.gnarbox.com/pages/uav-ebook
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