Peter Keum

WTD GIS Specialist

King County WTD & DRONE

August 5, 2020

FAA Part 107 Certified Remote Pilot

Serving Drone Data to

King County Enterprise Portal

UAV - Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

FAA Definition: Unmanned Aircraft (UA) system that is operated by a pilot via ground control or on-board computer. 

 Background Information

UAV Categories

Small  - $

  • Size: 1 - 2 meters ( 3 ft - 6.5 ft), < 55 lbs.
  • Control: Radio control


  • Size: Equivalent to a car, ~ 1000 lbs.
  • Control: Visual Line Of Sight (VLOS) & Beyond LOS, RC & Satellite ~ $$$


  • Size: > 30,000 lbs.
  • Control: Visual Line Of Sight (VLOS) & Beyond LOS, RC & Satellite ~ $$$$

UAV as Platform


Fixed-wing & VTOL

  • Shorter flight time (< 30 min)
  • Cover smaller area
  • Highly maneuverable
  • Less expensive
  • Access to confined spaces
  • Long flight time (+ 40min)
  • Covers large area
  • Larger selection of sensors

(vertical take-off & land)

 Sensors Payload


Thermal Infrared

Lidar Camera

High resolution digital camera (100 MP)

Lidar Camera

Lidar Camera

Methane Gas Dector

Power Couple

GIS + Drone

1. Aircraft + Sensor        (Data Collection)

2. Data Processing & Analyzing (GIS)

3. Information Products




Improve Safety, 

Save time, Improve efficiency

Two Spaces for Drone


  • GPS Able
  • Flight planning
  • Even, Diffuse lighting
  • Open space


  • No GPS signal
  • Limits on speed and motion
  • Manual flight control
  • Tight spaces

FAA Regulations - Where are we now?



FAA Part 107 Rule, July 2016

  • Need FAA Remote Pilot Certification (Pilot license NOT needed)

  • 171,744 - Remote pilot certified (2020)

  • 441,709 - Commerical Drones Registered

  • Fly under 400 feet above ground level

  • Not to fly < 5 nautical miles around airport

  • Aircraft < 55 lbs.

  • Fly during daytime

  • Fly visual line of sight ( VLOS)

  • No flight over non-participating people

FAA Part 107 Rule

King County WTD

"Subject: WTD Policies on Use of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones)

Managers/Supervisors: August, 2016

I’d like you to share the following policy guidance regarding the use of drones for work purposes with your staff as appropriate. The guidance specifically addresses the use of drones classified as small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), which weigh less than 55 lbs."

  • No owning or operating drones by WTD *
  • Manager/Supervisor review and require Division Director approval
  • 3rd Party to meet KC Risk Management requirements

Standard Drone Workflow



Cache Tile

Move Tile

ArcPro Geoprocessing

Data Management Tools -> Package -> CreateMapTilePackage

ArcPro Geoprocessing

Data Management Tools -> Package -> SharePackage

King County Enterprise Portal

KC Dev Portal Web Map

KC Dev Portal Web Map


Demo Page


Serving Drone Data to Enterprise Portal

By Peter Keum

Serving Drone Data to Enterprise Portal

Presentation for in-house WTD team to give a background information about drone use and it's capacity.

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