Bandwagon's Drones Thread

Discussion in 'Technology and Gadgets' started by hodj, Jul 30, 2016.

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    Good to hear, that's the kind of use that I've been hoping the surveyors would get out of it.

    You think it's worth the effort to set up and maintain? We have 3 survey offices and about 30-40 people in the survey group, if that makes a difference.
     
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    Might have lost a surveyor in Quincy, WA yesterday. His name is Leo, started shortly after I did in 2016.

    He was tying a road monument in a crosswalk at an intersection and got hit by a car. It sounds like he did everything he was supposed to - flashing lights were on, traffic cones & signs/flagging were out, safety vest on, etc.

    He was flown to Seattle and he's in critical condition right now in intensive care. Sounds like he hasn't been conscious since the accident, brain hemorrhaging and the surgeon "...isn't optimistic".

    I don't know whether to say "he is" or "he was" a good guy right now, but it's probably the latter. Very, very nice guy. Very patient and thorough, easy to get a long with. Real bummer situation.

    The other field guy had to pack up both hotel rooms, and also try to wrangle Leo's dog into the truck and bring everything home last night. I went back in and picked up his dog, he'll be staying with me for awhile.
     
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    damn that sucks :( we have the same issue, do everything right and damn if a fucking car/truck doesn't almost sideswipe us with cones out and vests on etc.... luckily for us 99% of all our work is off the road-sidewalks ftw-, but those time when we have to be in the ROW ...we tend to park our vehicle in such a way so that we can see what we need to see and people would have to plow thru the suv FIRST. WE have not - knock on wood- every been hit by a car, but our total stations/tripods have been victimized by vehicles a few times -even when surrounded by traffic cones.

    if we are on a major road...we get a traffic detail from the local police (MA is weird that way, police only generally no flagmen) and charge our client the fee(minimum of 3hr for the detail @ like 60 an hr).
     
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    We do the same here in Atlanta, park the truck in the lane we are working in and then move on as quickly as possible.

    I am really sorry to hear that though Bandwagon, we lost a surveyor late last year doing the same work. He was by the book safe and still got ran over. Always hard and having worked in roadway construction and around survey most of my career even once is too much sometimes.
     
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    Well, he's alive....just barely. I don't feel like rattling off the specifics, but it's about as bad as possible while still having a heartbeat.
     
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    glad he is alive, HOPE he makes a recovery,,, but from what you said doesn't sound good :(.

    I Failed my PLS state test to get my stamp (Finally found out, only took 3 months) and am taking it again on april 13th (3 days before i go on my vacation to Aruba) (i missed it by 2 questions, one of which i KNOW i got wrong and if i get the same test again(there are like 3 test variations), will get that one correct.

    my boss finally got to see the drone fly- and see the results, liked em, wants to use them a bit more as i learn to do more.