GBA Joins KDOT’s Unmanned Aerial Systems Integration Pilot Program

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LENEXA, Kan. (July 27, 2018) – GBA is excited to announce its partnership with the Kansas Department of Aviation’s (KDOT) Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (IPP). This program will allow the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to create new regulations based on information collected by government and private partners.

GBA is one of KDOT’s 32 team members and the only nonacademic operational partner to be selected for the project’s initial conceptual operations. The first round of operations will also be provided by the University of Kansas and Kansas State University.

As a part of this program, GBA will use UAS to capture long linear infrastructure beyond visual line of sight as it relates to roads and bridges. This will involve a phased approach starting with enhanced visual line of sight operations to develop aircraft sensors and safety cases for future projects that are beyond the visual line of sight. Because GBA is able to perform this work under the FAA’s current regulations, it will have a large role in determining what the economic impact of beyond visual line of sight projects will be under future rules.

“GBA is in a unique position to leverage our familiarity with the FAA regulatory process and early adoption of UAS technology to create remarkable solutions,” said Ed Young, GBA associate and former Director of Aviation at KDOT. “This will lead to a regulatory framework that helps the UAS industry grow in Kansas, while also producing realistic savings for our clients in the design and construction of infrastructure.”

GBA brings prior operational experience with UAS technology and transportation infrastructure to this program. Its knowledgeable on-staff pilots use the company’s engineering capabilities to deliver solutions through aerial data collection for services including mapping, infrastructure inspections, infrared mapping and more. This experience will assist GBA in translating economic savings for the IPP.

KDOT is one of 10 participants selected to participate in the program by the DOT with the goal of using the state’s unmanned traffic management system to perform beyond visual line of sight operations. For more information on IPP, visit:

About GBA

GBA provides innovative engineering and architectural solutions to clients throughout the U.S. Primary markets include transportation, water, environment, buildings, site development, and commissioning.

GBA and its subsidiaries employ a staff of 250 headquartered in Lenexa, Kansas, with regional offices in Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Texas and Illinois. Members of GBA’s multi-disciplined staff work closely with clients to accomplish the firm’s core purpose – “creating remarkable solutions for a higher quality of life.”