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JUL 2015

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58 JULY 2015 S I T E S E L E C T I O N hat if the real estate and facility data you're seeking, storing and fltering could be connected to real-time site reconnaissance from unmanned aerial systems (UAS)? The Federal Aviation Administration has yet to issue its fnal Small UAS Rule, but Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 allows the Secretary of Transportation to authorize exemptions for operators wishing to use drones for commercial purposes. As of mid-June, 601 petitions had been granted, and more than 2,600 requests were pending. Drones could be helpful for locations that are off the beaten path or potentially treacherous to visit — a closed chemical manufacturing complex, for instance, or a mountaintop antenna. They might also be handy for real-time video during a sales presentation. Thom Bogle, the former JLL and Studley corporate real estate consultant who launched his own frm, Apogee Advisors, says two applications of UAS come immediately to mind. "To be able to literally fy 360 degrees around the building and see the surrounding areas, from your phone or C O R P O R A T E R E A L E S T A T E T E C H N O L O G Y W Could drones be the next-gen tool for evaluating sites? b y A D A M B R U N S a d a m . b r u n s @ s i t e s e l e c t i o n . c o m

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