CARDNO SUPPORTS DEVELOPMENT OF UNMANNED AVIATION PILOT TRAINING CURRICULUM FOR U.S. MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER - Civil + Structural Engineer magazine


Santa Barbara, CA – Cardno, an international professional infrastructure and environmental services firm, has built and is continuing to refine an unmanned aviation program for the U.S. Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) at Twentynine Palms, the world’s largest USMC training and testing range.

This included developing the installation infrastructure, safety management system, and operational regulatory framework to support routine Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) flight operations in conjunction with and in support of large-scale training events. As part of this program’s development/management contract, Cardno created all of the unmanned aviation pilot training curriculum for MCAGCC. The full program is compliant with both the Federal Aviation Administration and the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR).

The program is currently focused on application engineering, including the identification of capability gaps, aerial surveying and mapping, and the development of professional video messaging productions using aerial and ground footage from the project. One example includes this video that was developed for use as an opening message for Combat Center staff presentations.

Cardno has leveraged the success of this ongoing USMC contract to expand our existing Data Acquisition Program worldwide. Cardno’s Global Data Acquisition Program offers comprehensive data collection, management, and computer vision support to clients around the world. Our team of certified professionals is leveraging sophisticated robotics and computer vision technology to acquire data from the sea, land, air and space. Our analytics team provides geospatial support, vegetation density reports, asset inspection, 3D modelling data for design, photogrammetry/survey, project assessment, documentation, and enhanced video messaging products.

“What sets Cardno apart is our focus on the data. We are a technology agnostic, data acquisition and management company focused on providing clients with real, actionable intelligence,” said Cardno Program Manager Dave Prall. “Our team of professionals applies this same data-first approach to every acquisition project we face.”



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