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Meet our Virginia Beach Team Members

Draper Aden Associates recently expanded our presence in Hampton Roads and opened an office in Virginia Beach. The new office is located at 109 S. Lynnhaven Road in the Widgeon Professional Center. The Virginia Beach office will provide multidisciplinary services and adds five new team members. Collectively, they have over 100 years of experience providing innovative and multidisciplinary engineering and consulting services. Joining DAA in Virginia Beach: David Barton Director of Aerial Services Surveying and SUE Division A proven leader and innovator with unmanned aerial systems (UAS), also referred to as drones, David will become DAA’s Director of Aerial Services. A native of Chesapeake, he has worked closely with the federal government, military, and private companies on a wide variety of technology, scanning, and UAS/drone projects. Email David at:       Robert Erwin, LS Survey Team Leader Surveying and SUE Division Hired at DAA in 2012 Rob specializes in surveying, including the management of GPS and UTS machine control systems. Most recently with Branscome, he has worked...

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Employee Spotlight: Michael Little

At DAA we are overflowing with exceptional employees and each month we like to choose one to highlight. Check back at the beginning of every month to see who's in the spotlight! Michael Little Title: Senior Project Surveyor Division: Survey Hometown: Limestone, ME Birthday: April 28 Connect with Michael on LinkedIn   What 3 words would you use to describe working at DAA? Exciting, fun, and at times stressful   Favorite thing about working at DAA? Work sharing and every other Friday (HAHA!)   In your experience here, is there a project that really stands out? Why? Yorktown Terminal, very challenging.   What TV show, movie, or book are you obsessed with right now? TV show would be Blind Spot and anything showing how to live off grid. Books, the Bible.   Have you been on a recent vacation or trip that you loved?   I recently went to Maine, visiting my four grand kids.   [caption id="attachment_6282" align="alignleft" width="300"] Michael recently went to Maine to visit his grandkids[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6281" align="alignleft" width="300"] Hiking the Trail...

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man in draper aden vest flying a small unmanned aircraft or drone

Change is in the Air

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]   Draper Aden Associates has spent the last year integrating small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), navigating the FAA regulatory framework and assessing the accuracy of drone data collection. While traditional survey methods still play a major part of every project, the adoption of aerial imagery has made a profound effect on the firm’s overall abilities to provide efficient and timely delivery of information to customers. The utilization of aerial imagery on projects, including landfills, aggregate production facilities, and site planning has led to a marked increase in overall field and office efficiency.     An important part of the process was the initial filing for a Section 333 exemption to conduct commercial sUAS flights. This required that DAA not only have a fully implemented safety and operations procedure but also required a certified Pilot to operate their aircraft.   “Getting a pilot’s license has always been a goal of mine,” stated Darren Goodbar, Director of Aerial...

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Poplar Island and Draper Aden Associates: A Success Story

When a barrier island fades away and disappears—whether due to natural or human-influenced causes—it’s rare that it’s given a second chance to reappear. Thanks to the Army Corps of Engineers and the Maryland Port Administration, along with help, in part, by Draper Aden Associates, one such success story exists—Poplar Island. Located some 34 miles southeast of Baltimore, Poplar Island is now a textbook example of barrier island restoration gone right. Up until the 1920s, the Island was home to a small community of fishers and farmers and then, eventually, acted as a hunting retreat until 1946. During that time however, the island quickly eroded, a natural process intensified by rising sea levels, and by 1990, only five of the original 1,100 acres remained. Talks began in the early 1990s to establish a restoration plan for Poplar Island. Given that the Port of Baltimore dredges an estimated 4.7 million cubic yards of...

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