Property Drone Consortium Announces Mission Accomplished, Dissolving at Year End

(Columbia, South Carolina, December 18, 2018) – The Property Drone Consortium (PDC), a collaboration that consists of insurance carriers, roofing industry leaders and supporting enterprises announced that it has achieved its research goals and will be dissolving the organization at the end of 2018.

The PDC formed in 2015 as small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) were emerging into the industry with the goal of exploring, researching, testing and learning the best applications and methods for the use of sUAS for property inspection, as well a post-catastrophic assessment.  At the time of its founding, members planned a three-year life to achieve its goals through the end of 2018.

Through its activities with a major imaging research university; a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRDA) with multiple government agencies; public private partnerships with county governments; and projects with commercial research facilities, the PDC was able to research, test and fly alongside of first responders, gaining valuable insight into how to work together to each other’s benefit in post-disaster scenarios. PDC comments were incorporated into The Federal Aviation Administration’s rulemaking for sUAS, and the group was also able to apply for and receive a waiver for nighttime flying of sUAS. The former president of the PDC also served on the Federal Aviation Administration’s Drone Advisory Committee subcommittee.

During its three years of existence, the PDC published numerous white papers on topics including sUAS integration, sense and avoid challenges, federal and state regulations, drone use in pre- and post-CAT situations and the use of drones in property assessment. Some of their thought leadership articles were shared with the industry through publication in Claims Magazine, Claims Journal and PropertyCasualty360. The group also issued statements on proposed legislation as well as submitted comments to the FAA on proposed initiatives.

Members also attended or presented at various industry conferences and meetings, including the Tornado Summit, the Property Liability Research Bureau, the AUVSI Expo and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s privacy hearings. They also completed live flying exercises at various venues on a number of occasions

The research, testing and education conducted by the PDC and its members has resulted in member companies and organizations better understanding the use of sUAS for inspection and post-catastrophic assessment. PDC members wish to thank all of the organizations, educational institutions and government entities that were willing to partner and participate in the advancement of drone technology into their members operations.