Drone captures shots of Walterdale Bridge progress

A drone over downtown captured views the Walterdale Bridge replacement project not seen before.
The Skymatics drone flew over the Walterdale Bridge replacement site, giving a birds-eye view of the progress made so far. (Skymatics)

A drone over downtown captured views the Walterdale Bridge replacement project not seen before.

The drone was hired by Dialog, a design firm working on the project, and is believed to be the first time a commercial permit has been issued by Transport Canada to fly over downtown Edmonton.

The remote-controlled drone carried a mounted camera providing a 360-degree view from above.

Dialog's Tom Sutherland says using the drone offers a unique view of bridge construction is it progresses which it can use for promotional and marketing purposes.

If you've got sharp eyes, you may have noticed this Skymatics drone flying over the Walterdale Bridge construction site near downtown Edmonton on Wednesday. The drone carries a camera capable of shooting 360-degree views. (Scott Stevenson/CBC)
"To be able to look at [the bridge] from above and see both sides coming together and meeting at the top is pretty fantastic
but you have to get up there in the air so the drone does that for us."

Skymatics owns and operates the drone that was used turning what started as a hobby into a real job for pilot Connor Burns.

Now, Burns said he expects more and more requests like this in the future since drones are a much cheaper option compared to the helicopters traditionally used.

Drones can also access places helicopters cannot, he said.

“I would expect over the next year you're going to see a bunch of [drone] companies pop up as more companies get special flight operation certificates,” Burns said.

“You're going to see them ... probably daily in the next five or 10 years.”


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