Highlights from the Joint ICRI/ACI Dinner Meeting

2018 Joint ICRI-BWC & NCC-ACI Dinner Meeting

by Mike Payne, P.E. | Facility Engineering Associates, P.C.

On February 8, The ICRI Baltimore Washington Chapter (ICRI BWC) upheld its annual tradition of a joint dinner meeting with the National Capitol Chapter of ACI (NCC-ACI) for the 1st quarter dinner meeting held at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Tysons Corner, VA. A good turnout was had by both organizations, as members enjoyed networking and a family-style Italian dinner before the night’s proceedings. ACI opened the evening with a summary of its previous year’s accomplishments and introductions of the new 2018 leadership for that chapter. Following, Bobby Radcliff, 2018 President for ICRI BWC, took a moment to thank Shannon Bentz, Past President for ICRI BWC, for her leadership in 2017, and to introduce ICRI’s 2018 leadership. Bobby provided some insight for several upcoming events anticipated for 2018, including a competitive night at the go-kart track and possibly a casino night for its members.

The night’s original speaker had to cancel due to a last minute conflict. However, Kristen Olsen from Vertical Access was gracious enough to present on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, and their use in the A/E/C community. Kristen provided a summary of several drone types and shared her experience with how her she had successfully used drones in the building restoration industry. She touched on the benefits of using drones to access areas where investigation by rope decent or other means was not feasibly possible or safe. The crowd was intrigued at the possibilities of the technology, which included infrared imaging, photographic 3D point cloud modeling, and HD video that could be used to identify deterioration during an assessment phase or inspect for quality during a construction phase. Unfortunately, as Kristen pointed out, FAA regulations currently limit the technology in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. However, the A/E/C community continues to push for the use of this technology and the industry anxiously awaits as NASA explores a possible traffic system that could remove many limitations of this technology as early as 2019. Kristen ended by suggesting that future use of sense-and-avoid technology and pre-navigation-automated flights would truly make drones an autonomous tool for the industry to utilize in the years to come.


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