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About Aerial Whidbey LLC

  • Aerial Whidbey LLC is a Small Business, established 13 November 2016.

  • Based in the Bayview area of Whidbey Island, Washington State.

  • Reach out to discuss a training program for your employees. Leverage my years of experience to cut your startup time and avoid costly mistakes in the office and in the field.  What I've learned cannot be easily assembled from industry sources. Most sources are motivated to sell equipment and software subscriptions, not complete workflows. I can demonstrate how to actually get work done, and can provide extensive procedures that are tailored to your company's requirements.

  • Registered in UEI Z2DPNXK4QT93, CAGE Code 89W63

  • Owner/Operator holds an FAA Remote Pilot Certificate for Commercial Operation, and has a background in multiple engineering fields, computing information systems, and sUAS (small Uncrewed Aerial Systems) development.

  • Company History

    • In early 2012, I started assembling aerial and ground drone systems for personal use, not knowing where that would lead. In November 2012, I launched in a quixotic attempt to help standardize terminology in the chaotic drone industry. In November 2016, I started Aerial Whidbey LLC and began looking for utility beyond aerial photos/videos for real estate ads. Many ideas sounded good at the time, many were tested, however most had minimal demand from the public or businesses.

    • Then in early 2018, friends with a looming problem asked if I knew of a way to measure the sand that was being lost from their beach, which was also threatening the integrity of an old waterfront dike that protects many properties from saltwater flooding. At that time, only one small company, based in Australia, had a product that enabled high-accuracy 3D geospatial models of a property, without placing and retrieving an array of ground control targets. This was a key feature to have, since Surveyed ground markers/monuments don't last long on tidal, storm-washed beaches and sandbars. Testing by major companies and government departments confirmed the quality of results from Klau Geomatics. An initial system was purchased in late 2018, one of the first to arrive in the Pacific Northwest. Since then, Aerial Whidbey has developed a complete, proven system and process for repetitive, accurate modeling of acres of shoreline, which is actively used to measure sand volume changes and detect damaged areas for repair.

    • In May 2022, the Monitoring and Adaptive Management Plan for the repaired dike area, authored primarily by Aerial Whidbey, was released to the WA State Department of Ecology and the US Army Corps of Engineers for distribution to many regulatory agencies and other stakeholders in the restoration project. The area is to be monitored until 2037, primarily through using aerial imagery and data supplied by Aerial Whidbey.

    • When civil engineering or registered land surveying accuracy is not required, Aerial Whidbey deploys small, lightweight drones designed in France for quiet operation, high versatility, high optical quality, and significantly less risk to people or property.

  • Disclaimer:

    • Development of programmable drones, structure-from-motion photogrammetry software, and airborne LiDAR technology has led to faster, easier and safer ability to get data about the location and elevation of millions of small points on the surface of a parcel of land. 

    • ​General topography information about Washington State is readily available. It is general in nature and is not an official record of any kind. Aerial Whidbey LLC (AW) is not a Land Surveyor in Washington State. Topographic information as provided by AW is within this group of information, and is not meant to be used in any record or contract, or for an official purpose unless it has been reviewed, proven and approved by a Land Surveyor. AW does not represent nor guarantee the information to be accurate to any measure. The information is to be used at one’s own risk.

    • The owner of Aerial Whidbey, LLC is not representing as a Registered Professional Land Surveyor nor as a land-surveyor-in-training in the State of Washington, AND, the supplied data is not guaranteed to be accurate for legal records to any measure, AND, the supplied data has NOT been reviewed, proven and approved by a Land Surveyor for the purpose of preparing accurate legal records of topography of land, topographical delineations of land, or topographic maps of land.

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Bull Kelp as sensed by a near-IR camera

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