SMU to use drones to inspect campus

Drone over Dallas HallSMU Buildings and Roads has circulated a notice that they will be using drones to inspect several campus buildings starting on February 7, 2018. The noise should not disrupt campus activities, but if you have questions or concerns about these inspections, please contact the project manager.

The original notice from SMU Buildings and Roads is below:

The Office of Facilities Planning and Management will be performing roof inspections/evaluations of forty-seven (47) sloped/slate roofs utilizing drones equipped with 4K High Definition Resolution cameras. This work will take place over the next several weeks with the following building inspections starting on Wednesday, Feb. 7, beginning at 8 a.m.:

  • Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall
  • Armstrong Commons
  • Blanton Student Services Building
  • Boaz Commons
  • Bob Smith Health Center
  • Carr Collins Hall
  • Caruth Hall
  • Clements Hall
  • Cockrell-McIntosh Commons
  • Collins Executive Center
  • Crow Building
  • Crum Commons
  • Dallas Hall
  • Dedman Life Science Building
  • Embrey Engineering Building
  • Florence Hall
  • Fondren Library Center
  • Fondren Science Building
  • Harold Clark Simmons Hall
  • Heroy Science Building
  • Hughes-Trigg Student Center
  • Hyer Hall
  • Junkins Engineering Building
  • Kathy Crow Commons
  • Kirby Hall
  • Loyd Commons
  • Maguire Building
  • Martin Hall
  • Mary Hay Hall
  • McElvaney Commons
  • McFarlin Auditorium
  • Moore Hall
  • Morrison-McGinnis Commons
  • Owen Arts Center
  • Perkins Administration Building
  • Perkins Chapel
  • Perkins Hall
  • Peyton Hall
  • Prothro Hall
  • Selecman Hall
  • Shuttles Hall
  • Smith Hall
  • Storey Hall
  • Umphrey Lee Center
  • Virginia-Snider Commons
  • Ware Commons

If you have any questions or concerns about these inspections, please contact the project manager, Renee Hart, at

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