Who would have thought the Land Transport Authority (LTA) would have a task force for airborne vehicles? But Unmanned Aircraft Systems — or drones — are proving valuable in the work we do. Here are some fun facts about the flying machines and the Drone Task Force behind them.
Origins: The DTF story
Back in 2016, the Ministry of Transport launched an exploration into drone technology. Could it improve work processes across all sectors? LTA set up our own Drone Task Force to find out, led by Mr Tan Kok Jin, Director, Cross Island Line Phase 1 (Civil Team 1) and Ms Gracia Tan, Deputy Director, Contracts (Civil 1).
They inducted an enthusiastic team of drone pilots — all volunteers — which has since conducted a series of trials, and — yes! Drones are used today as part of our everyday operations.
It’s not a toy, it’s for work!
Drones are used to take aerial photographs and videos of LTA’s various construction worksites. The aerial footage allows us to track progress, plan better, and get the “big picture” in safety and environmental inspections.
We have also performed trials for checking the condition of elevated infrastructure, like ventilation fans in road tunnels.