Florida Aerial Photography - Florida Department of Transportation
I was asked to put together a quote for the Florida Department of Transportation a few days before Hurricane Irma arrived. My comments over the phone were "Well, it looks like we're going to dodge a bullet here in Brevard County, so hopefully you won't need my services". That didn't quite work out the way I expected. It was a challenge balancing an already heavy workload along with about a week long hiatus from uninterrupted time in the office but in the end I was quite stoked to have had the opportunity. I saw tons of damage all around the county, and have already seen the FDOT setting up crews at some of the locations that I photographed.
I was basically the pioneer for these guys as they had not yet hired a drone operator to accomplish this type of work for them. Normally they hired a 4 man crew to head out on a boat which I can only imagine was cost prohibitive as well as time intensive. Shooting aerial photos and aerial videos provided the FDOT a means of capturing numerous long stretches of causeways and roadways in depth and quickly.
The big bonus was the fact that I was hired on again just a week after my first gig, and once again in Seminole County about a week after that. Orlando is still experiencing impounded water, flooded homes and the challenge of determining the how, what, where and why to it all. Having access to high resolution aerial photography and aerial videography affords them the ability to examine all of these areas far more efficiently than before.
Here are a couple of photos from a few different areas in Brevard County and Seminole County.