You could say flying is in his blood. Michael grew up flying with his dad, a recreational pilot. By pairing a love of soaring and passion for video games, he’s become a key player on our bridge, tunnel, and infrastructure inspection team as a certified Part 107 pilot for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). As Bridge Inspection team lead and UAV practice lead, he serves a dual purpose as the pilot-in-command and engineer for inspection and condition assessment projects.
Michael has fostered relationships with key partners in the industry to capitalize on the benefits of 3D object avoidance and automated flight. Using this technology, our bridge group deploys UAVs to inspect areas on a structure where conventional inspection methods previously made it impossible.
Inspecting critical infrastructure in our communities for safety is crucial. A favorite moment for Michael is when he was performing a routine bridge inspection in a rural community and a resident stopped to say thank you for keeping their bridge safe. At the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about.