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On The Air with Corporate Air Practice Leader Tony Babb

IN THE NEWS: Q What has been your goal a primary concern for the power industry at
since joining CEC? the moment. Another area that is impacting
Cleared for Takeoff almost everyone is greenhouse gas emissions.
A My goal has been to build CEC’s Also, when a National Ambient Air Quality
CEC was granted an exemption by the reputation as a world-class provider Standard (NAAQS) is lowered, as was the
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to of Air Quality services. I’ve been case this past fall for ground-level ozone,
conduct commercial operations utilizing connecting with all of CEC’s Industry Consulting areas that were in attainment may become
small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Groups (ICGs) and offices, and I’ve also been classified non-attainment. All non-attainment
in the United States. attending conferences and meeting our clients, New Source Review (NSR) permits will require
letting them know that we are able to provide a Lowest Achievable Emission Rate (LAER) limits,
The sUAS program at CEC includes certificated number of air services they may need, but which emission offsets, and opportunity for public
and registered quad-copter and fixed-winged they may not have known we offered. Many involvement. We can help companies develop
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), also of our clients know us for our stack sampling the right strategy for obtaining and complying
known as drones, as well as a full-time, capabilities—we do that kind of work and do with new permits.
in-house licensed commercial pilot to it quite well—but CEC provides all air quality
perform commercial sUAS operations. services, including permitting, air dispersion How does CEC set itself apart
modeling, compliance assessment, and the from other firms that provide
“We are among the first civil and environ- many activities that go along with them.
mental engineering firms to receive an CEC is able to evaluate air pollution control Q air services?
exemption from the FAA,” said Rick Celender, equipment, and we also have ambient air
CEC vice president and head of sUAS and meteorological monitoring capabilities. This fall, CEC received official
operations. “The exemption enables CEC to
run a safe and responsible sUAS program What are some of the current A accreditation as an Air Emission
that provides a reliable method to capture challenges industries face with Testing Body (AETB) from the Stack
large amounts of data often faster than Testing Accreditation Council, Inc. (STAC)
traditional aerial mapping technologies.” Q regard to air quality? and the American Association for Laboratory
Accreditation (A2LA). CEC is one of only six
During flight, UAVs gather information There are so many air regulations organizations in the nation to currently be an
and capture a series of high-resolution accredited AETB. With this accreditation in
images in situations that might otherwise A coming out right now. A lot of place, CEC’s clients can be confident in our
be dangerous, dirty, dull or difficult for what our clients need is assistance ability to provide reliable, accurate data as
humans—the “Four Ds” as they are with interpreting these regulations. CEC we perform a full scope of air testing services,
referred to at CEC. Real Time Kinematic works with a variety of industries to develop including wet test methods, instrumental/
(RTK) satellite navigation can be synced the best strategies to obtain permits for continuous emission monitoring and Fourier
with either a ground-based or virtual operating their facilities. For instance, the Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR).
station to provide horizontal and vertical Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) is
control for data capture while aerial
photogrammetry software is used to ACCOLADES
generate 2D and 3D deliverables such
as orthomosaic images, point clouds,
and topographic maps and models.

Applications include stockpile or airspace
volumetric calculations and pipeline and
power line right-of-way monitoring, among
others, for the agriculture, construction,
environmental, mining, oil and gas, and
solid waste industries. n

CEC’s in-house The Ralston Creek Restoration project for
pilot, Bryan the City of Franklin received the Honor
Hazelwood, has Award in the Natural Resource Conservation
more than 1,430 Landscape Restoration category from the
flight hours and Tennessee Chapter of the American Society
a current FAA of Landscape Architects during its 2015
airman medical Professional Design Awards. n
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