July 14, 2016: BATON ROUGE, LA-On June 21, 2016, The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued new rules regarding the commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), better known as drones. Previously, the FAA prohibited most commercial use of drones without special authorization. SJB Group is leveraging these new rules to launch a new service offering to complement their land surveying capabilities.
The new rules include regulations on the sUAS's weight, speed, and altitude; time of use; and location of the operator in relation to the sUAS. However, the most significant change came to the operator qualifications. Previously, a commercial operator was required to have a pilot license or certificate and had to acquire an exemption certificate for commercial use. This exemption took six months to process and contained nearly 30 flight restrictions. The operator now must either hold a remote pilot airman certificate with a sUAS rating or be directly supervised by someone with this certification. Pilots may also still operate them but must take a FAA training course specific to operating a sUAS. These new rules make leveraging this technology much easier to incorporate into business services.
Though the rules will not be in effect until August 2016, SJB Group plans to incorporate drone scanning into its surveying service portfolio. The firm recently hired a licensed pilot and joined the Louisiana Pelican Chapter of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. Wilfred Barry, President of SJB Group, said, "Our firm is always looking into technology investments that allow us to provide our clients better, faster, and more accurate data and deliverables. Scanning with drones does just that. And along with our existing 3D laser scanning services, it seemed like a great compliment." Drone scanning captures X, Y, and Z point cloud data information and layers it over high-resolution digital aerial images. These images have a variety of uses, such as mapping, subsidence studies, site development planning, transportation improvements, plant inventories or modeling, above ground utility lines, etc. Not only do drones accurately collect information quickly, but they also keep SJB Group's field crews safer by reducing or eliminating the time spent in potentially dangerous conditions, such as busy roadways.
July 6, 2016: BATON ROUGE, LA-SJB Group, LLC announced Mr. Corey Blanchard, P.E. as the new Engineering Department Manager. He was previously a Project Manager for the firm. Mr. Blanchard oversees all engineering operations and projects for the firm and manages all engineering staff. Additionally, he is responsible for steering the division toward success and developing strategic, mutually beneficial partnerships throughout the engineering, architecture, and construction industries.
Mr. Blanchard's experience is primarily in land development. His areas of focus include hydraulic and hydrologic drainage improvements, sewerage improvements, recreational complex design, roadway design, and residential and commercial developments. Additionally, he has extensive knowledge of working with state and local regulatory agencies in South Louisiana for civil site design permitting.
January 8, 2015: SJB Group, LLC is excited to announce they are expanding its land surveying service to include Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE). Being able to perform SUE services means SJB Group will be able to obtain accurate and reliable underground utility information. The idea to expand SJB Group's services to include SUE is not to just promote the surveying division's growth, but the entire company. Wilfred Barry, President of SJB Group, says "Extending our service line was the next step in growing SJB Group". Along with purchasing all equipment to fully perform SUE services, the surveying division purchased a new office building and warehouse just a mile away from headquarters on Picardy Lane. The Company is headquartered in Baton Rouge, LA and also has an office in Lake Charles, LA.
October 2014 : SJB Group, LLC was honored to receive the Best Places to Work Award from the Baton Rouge Business Report. SJB Group qualified among the honorees and the rankings were then determined through an employee survey and an analysis by Best Companies Group and the Greater Baton Rouge Society for Human Resource Management. Companies from across the Baton Rouge region entered the two-part process to determine the Best Places to Work in Baton Rouge. The first part consisted of evaluating each company's workplace policies, practices and demographics. The second part of the ranking evaluation consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience in the workplace. We are very thrilled to be considered one of the "Best Places to Work" in Baton Rouge, La.
September 2014: SJB Group is excited to be a part of the beginning stages of the West Bank Connector project. We believe the West Bank Connector is a solution to traffic congestion problems and will help the economic development growth of both Parishes. We are looking forward to working with both Iberville Parish and Ascension Parish to conduct the study. SJB Group is eager to begin!
July 2014: SJB Group is excited to work with the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Board and CK Associates. We are looking forward to evaluating the five potential library sites in south Baton Rouge. SJB Group is thrilled to be a part of the first steps in what will create a new library branch for our community.
May 2014: Corey Blanchard, PE has recently joined SJB Group, LLC as a Project Manager in Land Development. Corey will be performing civil engineering work on project plans for both private and public sector work with a specialization in real estate development. He will continue his experience with working on retail centers, subdivisions, and schools.
April 2014: SJB Group, LLC is excited to see the progress that is being made with the West Bank Connector Project. Adam Knapp, President and CEO of BRAC, spoke at a luncheon last month. He explained how this is the only real road project and is the region's top priority for funding during the 2014 regular legislative session.
November 2013: SJB Group, LLC is proud to be a recipient of the 2013 PSMJ Premier Customer Service Award. The winners of this award "provide their clients with top quality communications, impressive performance, and cost effective solutions." SJB Group constantly strives for client satisfaction as client needs are always first priority.
October 2013:" The other engineering project, also passed unanimously, is for professional services from the SJB Group of Baton Rouge... SJB Group has been very helpful to Larry, especially Eden Church Crossing; when he needs technical support, they’re able to bring it to him.”
October 15, 2013: SJB Group, LLC
is in the News! We are proud to have designed the new Bayou Sorrel
boat launch located in Iberville Parish near the heart of the
Atchafalaya Basin. The improvements are expected to be completed next
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October 16, 2013: SJB Group, LLC
is excited to be a part of the new Bayou Sorrel Boat Launch Project.
The project is estimated to be completed in five months.
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