CRAB UAS Program

CRAB Design Systems Program has embarked on a new frontier, one that reaches far beyond just design system software and into the world of aerial mapping using UAV's. What is an UAV? An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is a type of aircraft which has no onboard crew or passengers. UAVs include both autonomous and remotely piloted vehicles.

The Washington State County Road Administration Board demonstrates the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) mapping technologies to Washington State County Public Works staff for the purpose of exploring the possible benefits provided by the use of this new technology.

Based on demand from the county staff, CRAB's Design Systems Engineer began in full earnest to do all we could to provide support, education, research, and coordination with the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) into UAVs for the counties.

The CRAB UAS program has flown over 30 missions statewide. The UAV acquires terrain data from the sky - in the form of geo-referenced digital aerial images, counties can gather millions of data points in one short flight. With collection made simple, county professionals can focus their energy on using and analyzing data, rather than struggling on how to gather it.