Drones used to map Elk Mountain site

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Three certified drone pilots (left to right) Scott Fontan, Ben Shinabery and Paige Wilson used drones to map the Elk Mountain Industrial site.
Drones used to map Elk Mountain site


Businesses that may be interested in locating on the Elk Mountain Industrial site will soon be able to get a birds-eye view of available sites and tracts, along with vital information about Manchester without leaving the comfort their office.


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Jamie Shepherd, Director of Community and Economic Development for Jackson Energy, Clay County Interim Judge-Executive Johnny Johnson and State Representative Tim Couch were on hand last week as Drones for Economic Development used three drones to map the site.


Jamie Shepherd, Director of Community and Economic Development for Jackson Energy and Clay County Interim Judge-Executive Johnny Johnson were on hand as drones were used to map the Elk Mountain Industrial site.
Scott Fontan was the “helicopter” pilot while partners Paige Wilson and Ben Shinabery controlled smaller drones. All are certified drone pilots.

Jackson Energy sponsors and finances PowerVision which uses the latest drone technologies to provide an aerial showcase of available commercial and industrial tracts across areas served by Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives. East Kentucky Power Cooperative is releasing a dramatic new digital site presentation tool it thinks could change the economic development game in its rural service territory, and maybe for the state at dataispower.org. It enables a prospect in Germany or New Jersey to see a Kentucky site in three dimensions, its pertinent infrastructure both existing or as it could be installed, and include renderings of the facility they want to build.

The PowerVision web site and associated app for mobile devices combines high-definition aerial drone video of industrial sites with digital topographic mapping and detailed engineering information to create three-dimensional surface models. That’s then merged with data from StateBook, which aggregates community demographic, tax, utility cost, incentive and quality of life information.


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Scott Fontan used a “helicopter” drone to map the Elk Mountain Industrial site.