Enhancing Government with Drones

Thursday, December 12

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Future is Now

Jennifer Wells
MnDOT Bridge Inspection Engineer, MnDOT Bridge

Bridges are a key part of our transportation system and maintaining this infrastructure is important to ensure the safety of the traveling public and to effectively manage these valuable assets. Safety inspections not only ensure the structural integrity of a bridge but provide valuable data to decision makers. The Minnesota Department of Transportation and Collins Engineers, Inc. has completed research focused on utilizing drones as a tool for improving the quality of bridge inspections. The latest phase of research has identified new drone technology and methods to address limitations identified in previous years. More importantly, this research has focused on the value of data collected during the inspection and finding ways to process the data into actionable inspection deliverables that greatly improve the quality of the inspections.

Our world is being transformed by technology including drones that can collect, process, store, and analyze large amounts of data and this research is applying the same transformative concepts and technology to improve bridge inspection outcomes. We are on a continuous journey to improve the use of this technology by finding best practices and exploring which IT solutions and resources are needed today and into the future to support them. This session shares the story of the work and progress being made right here in Minnesota.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify what Minnesota has, and is currently utilizing, in drone technologies.
  2. Identify different drone capabilities and how it relates to IT.
  3. Identify drone data needs and gaps in current practices.


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Steering Committee

Alex Hepp, City of Hopkins
Bill Bleckwehl, Cisco
Dave Andrews, DEED
Jay Wyant, Minnesota IT Services
Jim Hall, Ramsey County
Matt Bailey, IBM
Melissa Reeder, League of Minnesota Cities
Nathan Beran, City of New Ulm
Sue Wallace, IT Futures Foundation
Lisa Meredith, Minnesota Counties Computer Cooperative
Justin Kaufman, Minnesota IT Services
Renee Heinbuch, Washington County/MNCITLA
Jerine Rosato, Ramsey County
David Berthiaume, Minnesota IT Services
Cory Tramm, Sourcewell Tech 

Content Committee

Tomas Alvarez, Federal Reserve
Tom Ammons, MN.IT – Central
Dave Andrews, MN State Services for the Blind
Susan Bousquet, MN.IT – DOT
Robert Granvin, Metro State
Alex Hepp, City of Hopkins
Shawntan Howell, Ramsey County
Jenny Johnson, Metropolitan Council
Millicent Kasal, MN.IT – Central
Ping Li, MN.IT – MMB
Chibuzor Nnaji, MN.IT – DHS
Mehrdad Shabestari, MN.IT – Central