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sUAS Drone Services

The WPCOG’s Drone Services program supports projects for many of our member governments and partner organizations. Flown by fully insured, FAA-certified pilots, WPCOG drone services include aerial imaging for planning, mapping, promotional and analysis purposes. WPCOG has the ability to integrate drone imagery with GIS technology to create highly accurate maps and project overlays.


Drone Services

  • Promotional Imagery for Marketing Purposes

  • Imagery for Comprehensive, Strategic and Regional Plans

  • 3D Modeling of Structures, Buildings, and Other Features

  • Life Cycle Monitoring – Construction Projects and Restoration

  • Updated Site Orthophotography

  • Project Overlays with Existing Site Features and Plans for Development/Redevelopment and/or Historic Plans

  • Project Inspection (Pre- and Post-Project Monitoring)

  • GIS Mapping

  • Emergency Services (Flooding, Fires, etc.)


Past Project Examples

  • Video Imagery for Caldwell County Comprehensive Plan Presentation

  • Photography for ADA Transition Plans (City of Conover, Town of Granite Falls)

  • Documentation of post-flood events (Town of Valdese)

  • Imagery of local festivals (Town of Drexel, Town of Hudson)

  • 3-D modeling of historic building (City of Morganton, Morganton City Hall)

  • Historical preservation videos (Closing of Historical Rutherford College Elementary School)

  • Construction Progress Photos for the City of Hickory (Buildings, Developments and Recreational Trails)

  • Utility Inspections for the Town of Valdese

Video Examples

For video examples please visit the sUAS/”Drone” Services playlist on the WPCOG YouTube channel.


The Western Piedmont Council of Governments shall serve all local government members in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba Counties with professional, cost-effective assistance on a variety of local, regional, state and federal issues and programs.

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Mailing: P.O. Box 9026 | Hickory, NC 28603
Location: 1880 2nd Avenue NW
Hickory, NC 28601

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