The United States is expected to spend $8 billion over the next five years to develop and deploy drones for civil engineering, according to a White House budget document released Wednesday.
The budget document, titled “Civil Engineers and Aviation,” outlines the government’s plans to invest in unmanned aircraft technology, and it also calls for a plan to deploy drones to assist civil engineers in remote areas.
The United States currently has no national drone program, according the budget document.
Civil engineers typically work in remote environments and are often in remote locations, so it’s important that they are able to respond to emergencies and to monitor the status of infrastructure, it says.
The budget document also says the Department of Defense will be responsible for developing a drone program for civil contractors and that the military is also developing a pilot program.