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UAV-Based Construction Monitoring Delivers Accurate Daily Counts

Dudek’s Mapping and Surveying team leverages more than 20 years of experience providing survey, permitting, and construction monitoring services. In 2019, we worked with First Solar to create a UAV-based construction monitoring and materials counting survey system. Data is collected using UAVs and analyzed with machine learning technology to provide material counts, before being provided

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Using Zoom Webinar to Conduct Secure Virtual Public Outreach, Meetings, and Presentations

With stay-at-home orders in place, people are increasingly turning to online technology to meet virtually. For projects with a requirement to conduct public outreach or with a need to hold public board meetings or presentations, technologies like Zoom are critical. However, swift, widespread adoption of the technology also revealed vulnerabilities and weaknesses of the Zoom

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Foothill Yellow-Legged Frog Listing Finalized: What that means for your California projects

Last month, the California Fish and Game Commission officially listed five of the six clades of the foothill yellow-legged frog as either Endangered or Threatened under the California Endangered Species Act (California ESA). This listing formalizes the protections the species has temporarily had as a Candidate for listing since July 2017. This listing significantly expands

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Responding to COVID-19

During the evolving COVID-19 situation, we’d like to assure you that Dudek will continue to work to deliver our services and your work products on time and within the framework of keeping our employees safe. Dudek has evolved our areas of operations to address new and changing working conditions as they relate to the global

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New Waters of the U.S. Definition Established by Navigable Waters Protection Rule: How your projects may be affected

On January 23, 2020, after nearly three years of intensive public outreach and engagement, including pre-proposal involvement that generated more than 6,000 recommendations and approximately 620,000 comments, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the “Navigable Waters Protection Rule,” which establishes a new definition of “Waters of the U.S.”

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Environmental Justice Considerations in Climate Action Planning

In a changing world subject to ever-increasing climate-related hazards, including increased air pollution, extreme heat, sea-level rise, and wildfires, planning and developing projects with a consideration of environmental justice is crucial. Per the EPA, environmental justice (EJ) is “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement” of all people regarding development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws,

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Hermes Copper Butterfly May Be Listed as a Threatened Species–What that Means for Your Projects

On January 8, 2020 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) officially published proposed rules for listing the Hermes copper butterfly (Lycaena [Hermelycaena] hermes), a species endemic to San Diego County and northern Baja California, Mexico, as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The proposed rule also designates 35,211 acres of Critical Habitat in

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Understanding PFAS: How they’re Regulated and what that Means for your Projects

What are PFAS? Produced by industrial/commercial facilities and present in consumer goods, PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) is a group of synthetic chemicals used in products that resist oil and water, control temperature, and prevent degradation of materials. Examples include non-stick cookware, pizza boxes and other paper-based food containers, stain-resistant fabrics and carpets, fire-resistant clothing

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Faster Natural Disaster Area Mapping with Drones and Powerful and Cloud Processing Tech

When a natural disaster strikes, emergency service personnel need to mobilize and deploy support quickly. But before that can happen, they need to understand the extent of the damage on the ground. And to do that, they need eyes in the sky. Dustin Gaessner, Dudek Flight Operations Lead was born and raised on Oahu. He

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The Remarkable Restoration of the Bay Checkerspot Butterfly in Edgewood Preserve

On an afternoon in Redwood City, California in 2002, Dr. Stu Weiss documented the last Bay Checkerspot butterfly to fly in Edgewood Preserve. The butterfly was extinct from the area. Following its extinction, Dr. Weiss was determined to change the butterfly’s fate and understand what caused its massive collapse from an area where it used

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