Some of the participants shared their observations about the UAS forum and how it will enhance WSP’s services to its customers.
“The establishment of this forum was a timely and much-needed initiative to facilitate regular knowledge sharing of this developing technology among a diverse group of individuals throughout many regions and sectors of WSP, said Matt Bacon, who represents the U.S. region on the committee along with Jag Mallela, Darren Hardy, Adrienne Lindgren, Greg Reynolds and Abhishek Bhargava. “As our clients navigate the uncertainties with integrating this technology, drawing from our global expertise and resources will better position WSP as elite consultants.”
“As UAS regulations change, innovative uses of UAS technology emerge, which creates significant opportunities for WSP,” added John Tang, who represents the Canada region on the committee along with Michèle Laflamme and Sébastien Fortin. “Through this forum, WSP is able to adapt quickly through a strong bench of global resources and determine the best equipment and practices to implement.”
“The opportunity to interact with our peers around the globe and learn from their experiences with drones/UAS is highly valuable,” said David Stewart, who represents the Australia/New Zealand region on the committee along with Caileb Baildon and Harry Follas. “It allows us to consider new areas of services based on what our overseas colleagues have tried and to learn from each other. This is a fast-changing space; hence, this is another very valuable way of helping us to stay at the forefront of the engineering UAS services market in our region.”
WSP’s commitment to UAS technology is part of its goal to help clients create a world that is Future Ready™—thinking beyond the conventional and prepare for the changes and challenges the world will face, and improving the overall quality of life through information, thoughtful solutions, and approaches that will have a positive impact on our environment.
By tapping into WSP’s vast knowledge and experiences of unique regulatory constraints on UAS technology around the globe, national and international standards development activities, and economic challenges/drivers of integrating UAS technology, forum participants are empowered with global insights that help shape UAS integration activities on national, regional, and local levels. Effectively, this approach is bringing a global scale of expertise to WSP’s local customers.
Jon Gustafson is a civil integrated management consultant with WSP USA in Minneapolis and is facilitating this global forum on UAS technology. He is a strategic advisor on deploying geospatial technology to WSP sectors and end markets. He also serves as a steering committee member of the American National Standards Institute Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standardization Collaborative, helping to drive national unmanned aircraft systems integration efforts.
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