Verdis, a Coeur d’Alene-based engineering, planning, landscape design and construction firm, is expanding its services to include drone photography.

Anthony Bauerle, an Engineer-in-Training who joined Verdis earlier this year, has obtained a Remote Pilot Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA requires drone pilots to complete the training to demonstrate an understanding of the regulations, operation requirements and safety procedures.

“Areas with minimal access can be photographed, videoed or inspected with the use of a drone,” Bauerle said. Verdis will utilize Bauerle’s aerial photography and videography to explore job sites, take construction before-and-after photos, perform site inspections, create maps and capture marketing images.

“Technologies are advancing quickly, and drones can even be used to produce heat elevation maps, 3D models and point clouds with the use of third-party software,” Bauerle said.

Verdis opened 14 years ago as a local land use planning/landscape architecture business focusing on local projects and has grown to a team of 36 including civil engineers, draftsmen, landscape architects, planners, construction superintendents and laborers. The woman-owned firm has landed more than 150 state and federal contracts in 14 states since 2015, the year Verdis became certified under the 8(a) Business Development Program.

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