Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc. (WSSI) continuously pursues innovative technologies to provide the best services and resources for our clients.  One of these new endeavors is the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to bring new capabilities, efficiencies, and advantages to meet a wide range of project needs.

Our UAV (i.e., drone) services include

  • Surveys (as-builts, topographic)
  • Vegetation and wildlife surveys
  • Tree health inspections
  • Reality Capture
  • Training and Consultation
  • Photography
  • Videography
  • Inspections and monitoring: construction, encroachments, site maintenance, dam removal
  • Photogrammetry (topography, floodplain evaluation, 3D modeling)

To investigate how our drone services could benefit your projects, please contact John Cooke, Paul Szarowicz, or Jim Quirin.

UAV perspective allows WSSI to evaluate right-of-way conditions and potential issues in this utility easement in Reston, Virginia.

Staff flying the DJI Inspire 1 Pro

WSSI uses UAVs to identify right-of-way encroachments and issues

The drone captured this image during a demonstration for a class of arborists in Waynesboro, Virginia

UAVs provide clear images – and keep staff safe on the ground – during tree health inspections

Staff preparing the DJI Inspire 1 Pro for flight

UAVs offer clear perspective on post-construction stream restoration site

UAVs offer clear perspective on post-construction stream restoration site

Point Cloud image for McMillan stream restoration, Cecil Co., Maryland

Our specialists can provide the following UAV and Reality Capture services on project sites throughout the Mid-Atlantic and beyond:

  • Drone video and photography services
  • Terrestrial panoramic photographs
  • Site monitoring
  • Real-time inspections to track construction progress
  • Cut/fill analysis on construction sites and quarries
  • Wildlife surveys (e.g., nests counts, vegetation and habitat analysis)
  • Survey-grade orthophotographs
  • Point cloud developed planimetric and topographic mapping
  • 3D virtual tours
  • Accurate UAV as-builts and existing conditions models for virtual design
  • Virtual spatial/collision analysis
  • LiDAR data analysis, manipulation, registration, and optimization
  • Point cloud creation, registration, and post-processing


  • John Cooke

    Gainesville, VA

  • Jim Quirin

    Gainesville, VA

  • Paul Szarowicz

    Gainesville, VA