Sessions

Tuesday, September 4th

Pre-Conferece Workshop: Part 107 Training

Full-Day Workshop

11:00 AM – 5:30 PM

All

Speakers: Enrico Schaefer, Tony Sauerbrey

This all-day training session will focus on the essential areas to study for the Part 107 Knowledge Test. Course content and objectives will include Part 107 rules and regulations, aeronautical charts, weather patterns and National Airspace System (NAS), as well as eligibility requirements to be able to take the FAA written knowledge test.

This session will cover more than just the fine details of what you need to know for the Knowledge Test, but also provide you with insight on how to think and operate like a professional commercial drone pilot and provide you with everyday examples that remote pilots may encounter when out performing commercial flight operations for themselves or their clients. This session will be a comprehensive overview to assist you with preparation for taking the Part 107 Knowledge Test and think about the next steps beyond the Knowledge Test.

THOSE OTHER TOPS/TIPS TO INCLUDE:

• Following policies and practices such as pre-flight and post-flight checklist for every drone flight operations

• Online test prep resources (handout)

• Industry Standards

• FAA Past Practices and the direction they are moving forward with

YOU WILL WALK AWAY WITH KNOWLEDGE REGARDING:

• Understanding Part 107 Regulations

• Understanding and identifying the various classes of controlled, uncontrolled, and Special Use airspace.

• An understanding of how to read and interpret aeronautical chart symbology.

• Planning methods to translate a location on street/satellite maps into an aeronautical chart.

• Understanding of Aeronautical Decision Making and human factors affecting safe flight.

• Understanding basic weather principles.

• Interpreting weather reports and forecasts.


Pre-conference Workshop: UAS for Public Safety

Full-Day Workshop

11:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Public Safety

Speaker: Michael Uleski

This full-day training session will deliver information to provide public safety professionals with the steps to develop a UAS unit, from a draft proposal to becoming fully operational, rules and regulations pertinent to public safety operations, SOP development, training program development, tactical challenges, UAS public safety mission profiles, real-world mission debriefs, and best industry practices and developing standards.

There is much more to utilizing a UAS for public safety beyond charging batteries and flying missions, including selecting your unit administration personnel, selecting an aircraft that fits your mission requirements, training your pilots, understanding regulations and legislation specific to safety UAS operations as well as documenting flights, maintenance, and crashes. This workshop is designed to provide insight that encompasses many of these issues faced by public safety agencies when developing a UAS unit.

OTHER TOPICS AND TIPS TO INCLUDE:

• Current professional public safety organization standards development

• Effects of various state legislation regarding the use of a UAS for law enforcement operations

• Agency policy development

• Pros and cons of following CFR 14 part 107 versus a public aircraft certificate of authorization

YOU WILL WALK AWAY WITH KNOWLEDGE REGARDING:

• Steps to take during program development

• Unit staffing and pilot selection criteria

• Documenting missions, flights, maintenance, and crash incident investigations

• Understanding the differences between CFR 14 Part 107 and a public safety certificate of authorization

• Developing a training program

• Types of missions that a UAS can be utilized for

• Real-world mission debriefs and discussion


Pre-Conference Workshop: Drone Videography

Full-Day Workshop

11:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Cinema and Photo

Speaker: Douglas Spotted Eagle

Learn how to optimize your field production time and build a plan to assure the required shots are captured with confidence. This intensive, 4.5-hour workshop will take you from the planning steps for unique shot styles through to editing techniques for the final video. This session will detail what it is you need for complete aerial storytelling, adding to ground footage and unique elements to best to convey your story and clearly communicate your message.

PART ONE OF THIS SESSION WILL INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

• Creating a flight plan

• Setting up the drone/UAV camera

• Filters (Polarizers, Neutral Density, Gradients)

• Avoiding pitfalls and weather

PART TWO OF THIS SESSION WILL DIVE INTO ADVANCED FLIGHT TECHNIQUES:

• Get these shots and you’ll be set!

PART THREE, WE WILL CLOSE OUT THIS SESSION WITH A FOCUS ON POST-PRODUCTION PRACTICES FOR UAS, INCLUDING:

• Filters, codecs, and stabilization

• Color-correction baselines


Pre-Confernce Workshop: Drone Startup 101: Finding Your Fortune in the Drone Industry

Half-Day Workshop

2:00 PM – 5:30 PM

All

Speakers: Allen Scott Beach, Andrea Beach

This half-day workshop will focus on helping you find success in the drone industry. We will cover everything from deciding what kind of business to start to sales, marketing and the top 5 checklist. We will help you simplify the process of starting and running a successful drone company, and discuss simple strategies such as: “Do what you know,” “There is nothing more important than sales” and “Be willing to throw out the status quo.” While no one can guarantee your success, what is guaranteed is that there’s no chance of success if you never begin.

OTHER TOPICS AND TIPS TO INCLUDE:

• Drone Opportunities Abound: Selecting what’s right for you.

• Trail Blazers: Learn from those that have gone before you.

• How to build a competitive advantage

• Marketing on a shoestring

• The hunt for start-up capital

YOU WILL WALK AWAY WITH:

• The key components of starting a drone business

• A myriad of viable options for drone start-ups

• An understanding of what it takes to be successful


Wednesday, September 5th

10 Drone Tips for Successful Videos

Class

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Track: Cinema and Photo

Speaker: Douglas Spotted Eagle

Flying is a skill yet knowing how to capture the best video from your UAV flights is equally, if not more important, than flying skill. In this overview session, we will examine the top 10 expert tips to inspire successful video output from your drone flights. Topics covered will be an overview of safety procedures, setup and planning for your flight, post-flight requirements and ultimately how to create great video.


Best Practices for Managing Enterprise Drone Programs

Class

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Track: Business

Speaker: Jesse Stepler

Large-scale adoption of drone technology in the corporate and public sectors may be slowed by operations that are too complex or high risk. Streamlined operations and oversight are needed to grow enterprise drone programs and realize the transformative benefits of aerial intelligence. Learn from commercial drone operators, well versed in managing thousands of flights, how to employ software, train pilots, and implement risk mitigation procedures to make your program a success.

In this session, you’ll learn:

Consistency is king. Understanding the value of consistent pilot training and equipment decisions, and how to determine what is best for your specific application.

Make it automatic. Manual processes mean things get missed. How to implement automatic processes such as uploads of flight logs and screen captures to ensure complete program oversight.

Safety first. Give your pilots the tools to implement consistent safety procedures and risk assessments with every operation. Then set limits on things like altitude and speed and get notified of any potential issues.

One is better than two. Understand the functions you need to manage your drone program, then identify the most efficient solution. Choosing multi-functional software and integrating into your existing workflow will simplify your operations and save costs.


Actual Uses of UAVs by First Responders

Class

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Track: Public Safety

Speaker: Daniel Marek

While many people still see Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) as toys, Public Safety agencies across the United States are adopting their use. UAVs are now used to document crime scenes and more. The use of UAVs is also making Public Safety missions cheaper, faster and safer. This class will review actual photos and videos from different departments across the United States and learn the backstory of how and why the UAV was used. We will also look at the lessons learned by these agencies as they started their programs. This is a session for those that are looking to start their own agency’s UAV program and want examples of how UAVs can supplement current technology.


Drone Remote Sensing and the Case for Robotic Agriculture

Class

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Track: Precision Agriculture

Speaker: Charles Malveaux

Advances in micro-controllers, multispectral cameras, and sensors has resulted in the creation of light-weight drone aircraft with powerful remote sensing capabilities. These remote sensing capabilities lend themselves well to precision agriculture. Related advances in land based robotics and agriculture equipment has resulted in precision guidance and application systems for agriculture. Now drones can act as part of a precision agriculture neural network made up of both aerial and land based sensor nodes working in conjunction with ground based co-robotic systems to create a sustainable precision farming ecosystem. The USDA has asked researchers to develop these co-robotic systems in recent grant proposals. With increasing populations and the need for greater farm efficiency, coupled with a dwindling labor force willing to do manual labor on farms, robotic agricultural systems and robotic farming will be a big part of the future of agriculture. This presentation will cover this topic in depth and also provide an overview from the perspective of a technologist of what will need to occur in order to make robotic precision farming a reality.

As part of the talk, we will discuss in detail the 9 key elements needed as part of an automated agricultural system.


Counter-UAS (C-UAS) Solutions – When Drones are not Welcome

Panel

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Track: Development and Hardware

Moderator: Michael Blades

Speakers: Timothy Bean, Anthony DeMolina, Max Klein

In the commercial industry, drones are commonplace, but what about when they’re not welcomed around an airport, prison or stadium? This panel will discuss current counter-UAS (C-UAS) solutions, including the use of software to detect aerial intrusions and acoustic technology to pick up an incoming drone into a protected area. Learn about other countermeasures on the horizon and which technology is best to use and when.


Using UAS Data to Analyze, Visualize and Increase Productivity for Civil Transportation Projects

Class

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Track: Surveying and Mapping

Speakers: Riley Lindsay, Paul Damron

At UDOT, we have learned that we can drastically enhance the deliverables and schedules that can be accomplished in the engineering and surveying field because of the rapid advances in UAS technology. This session will discuss how UDOT is utilizing CAD and GIS platforms to visualize and analyze UAS data. Also learn how this technology can accelerate decision making and help provide a visual aspect for stakeholders. We provide real life lessons learned from some of UDOT’s past project.

Learning Objectives:

UDOT’s UAS fleet. The pros and cons.

Processed the imagery and point cloud, now what?

UDOT Software packages. The pros and cons

Quality control and assurance, best practices.

Using GIS as a platform.

Visualize and analyze your data.

Ways in which UAS can increase productivity.

Lessons learned using UAS for civil transportation projects.


The Future of Chips and Sensors Powering Next-Gen Drones

Panel

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Track: Development and Hardware

Speaker: Max Klein

Microprocessors and controllers are the brains of all electronic devices today, including drones. The processing power behind these chips is staggering, leading to longer flight times and other efficiencies. And the precision today’s sensors can offer is allowing greater control and dramatically increasing the value of commercial UAVs. Learn from this panel of leading OEMs about breakthroughs in chips and sensors, and what they mean for the future of the commercial UAV industry.


Tips for Refining Your Drone Videography and Photography Skills

Panel

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Track: Cinema and Photo

Speakers: Skip Fredricks, Fiona Lake, Craig Glover

Whether you are flying a drone for real estate marketing, roof inspections or filmmaking, knowing drone videography and photography is an essential skill in the commercial drone space. As the market matures, it is critical to stay on top of cutting-edge technology as well as best practices. This panel will cover tips and tricks for flying a drone for photography and videography in the enterprise (and will even cover filming underwater!) and touch on how crucial it is to capture and process stunning imagery to boost your bottom line.


FAA Regulations: The Latest Outlook

Panel

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Track: All

Moderator: Christopher Korody

Speakers: Lydia Hilton, Doug Johnson, Anthony Zakel

With a new administrator at the helm of the FAA, what has changed? What has stayed the same? What do you think should be addressed next and how do you express your views? This panel is designed as an open forum to ask questions to an esteemed lineup of lawmakers and legal experts as well as cover what you need to know to safely and legally fly your drone.


Spray Drones in Agriculture

Class

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Track: Precision Agriculture

Speaker: Robert Blair

When agriculture and drones are mentioned together, most people think about images and remote sensing data. Well, there is another way that drones can make an impact in agriculture and that is doing aerial application. This class will talk about the history of aerial application in agriculture and how spray drones can fill a niche today. It will also cover the rules, regulations, and challenges spray drones are and will be facing. Session content will include basic agronomic aspects of why any type of treatment is needed and the how and where drones will play a role. This is the next logical step that drones will be taking for agriculture purposes and the instructor will bring a lifetime of farming experience and over a decade of precision agriculture and drone utilization to you.


How to Prove Safety: Gaining BVLOS and Part 107 Waiver

Class

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Track: All

Speaker: Adam Robertson

This session will address the key ways to establish proof of safety in your drone program, and discuss how to achieve BVLOS for UAV and steps for securing a Part 107 Waiver. An autonomous drone revolution is underway to tap the economic potential of the vast and largely empty airspace overhead. Drones are already an indispensable part of the daily workflow in many industries, including search and rescue, construction, mining, agriculture, real estate and film making. Emerging UAV capabilities such as large infrastructure inspection, border patrol and package transport require safe beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) services to be economically viable. So, what’s the best solution to achieving BVLOS?

Many solutions claim to enable safer flight and detect-and-avoid capabilities; however, radar is proven to be a superior solution to help UAV and operators achieve BVLOS. The FAA has prioritized radar as the key technology for development in achieving optimal safety and security in the airspace. This talk will discuss key developments to radar solutions, including machine learning, AI, software enhancement for data mapping and more, all which can be deployed and applied to most any kind of drone.

The class will also outline the steps necessary to secure the critical Part 107 Waiver for operation in controlled airspace, helping companies to save time and resources on the process. While the FAA has attempted to streamline the application process through its DroneZone portal, there are some key things you will learn that can facilitate the process. The 107 Waiver allows for UAVs to operate at night, over people, flight from a moving vehicle or truck, operate multiple aircraft with a single pilot, fly beyond visual line of sight, flight above 400 feet, and fly near airports and other protected airspace.

You will walk away knowing how the use of radar and gaining a Part 107 Waiver can help unlock the many benefits that a world of drone commerce can offer.


Working Together – Drones In Public Safety Mutual Aid Deployments

Class

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Track: Public Safety

Speakers: Kent Adams, Brendan Stewart

Drones are rapidly becoming the mission-critical solution for public safety operations providing exponential gains in response efficiency, and reductions in risk to personnel. However, establishing a drone program is time, resource, and personnel intensive and many individual agencies struggle to secure the resources necessary to establish functional drone programs. Establishing a mutual-aid model allows proximal agencies to pool resources and develop a robust drone program more capable than the sum of its parts. In this session, Chief Kent Adams of the Romeoville IL Fire Department and Brendan Stewart, President & Chief Pilot of AeroVista Drone Academy break down how public safety agencies and their communities benefit by working together to implement scalable, standardized, and interoperable mutual aid drone programs.

You will learn:

• Same tools, same training, same technique: The importance of standardization to promote interoperability.

• Where, when and how: How geography drives deployment procedures.

• Gatekeeping procedures: Developing performance-based standards for flight readiness.

• Encouraging buy-in: pooling resources, simplifying compliance, and setting a framework for others to follow.

• Complacency kills: The necessity of continuous program refinement.


Introduction to Color Correction for Drone Cinema

Class

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Track: Cinema and Photo

Speaker: Luisa Winters

This session will cover the theory and technique necessary for getting your footage looking better than ever using the color correction tools found in Adobe Premiere Pro. We will cover compression, scopes, techniques and best practices. If you need to understand and use color correction, this session is for you!

Taught by an Adobe Master Instructor, veteran UAV operator/pilot, and FAA certified advanced Ground school instructor.

This session will include:

• Codecs

• Scopes

• Understanding how video works

• Best practices

• Understanding the colorist tools


Utilizing UAS in Construction

Class

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Track: Construction, Aggregates and Mining

Speaker: Paul Wheeler

Contractors across the nation are seeing the value of utilizing Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) on their projects due to the detailed data that can be collected easily and at low cost. The deliverable from UAS can be used for a myriad of uses within construction. This session will discuss utilizing UAS for construction monitoring, quantities, as-built models, and the best practices to achieve the desired results.

Learning Objectives:

• What can be accomplished utilizing UAS for Construction

• How to utilize UAS in construction for the best return on investment

• What is required to fly within FAA UAS Part 107 rules

• Hardware needed to get started

• What software is needed for UAS data collection and processing

• QC/ QA on UAS data

• Cost savings realized on Utah SR20 project utilizing UAS


Developing the Next Generation of Drones – Technology and Manufacturing Insights

Class

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Track: Development and Hardware

Speaker: Colin Guinn

This class will cover a number of specific topics on the drone technology side, including batteries and new energy types, propulsion options, drone architecture, gimbals and cameras, long range link and autopilots. It will also go into the merits and potential of manufacturing in the US or Europe versus in Asia, and considerations around ensuring your company is correctly thinking through testing and scaling its product builds, with specific anecdotes and lessons from the successes and failures of previous projects.


Inspection-Worthy 3D Models Using Photogrammetry

Class

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Track: Inspection | Surveying and Mapping

Speaker: Ty Audronis

One of the biggest issues with photogrammetry and inspections is the lack of detail in 3D models. Inspection-grade photos require high resolution to identify small problems before they become big. This makes 3D models more of a value-add, and spawns the constant question, “cool model, but how can I use it?”

Current inspection methods (using the raw photos) lack context, and require engineers to spend precious time locating where inspection photos are in relationship to structures.

Using the right flight patterns, software, and processing techniques high-resolution/high detail models can be generated which not only offer context to inspection imagery; but can offer engineering firms the ability to show clients issues with their structures with accuracy, and turning a “value-add” into a revenue generator.

Additionally, with high resolution 3D models, side orthomosaics can be generated with immense detail for inspection, and documentation purposes (such as Local Law 11). With 100% of structure coverage (unlike current methodologies).

This presentation will outline the necessary flight patterns, and software processing techniques to generate inspection-worthy 3D models and side orthomosaics.


Customizing Enterprise Drone Programs with DJI’s Developer Technologies

Class

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Track: Development and Hardware

Speaker: Arnaud Thiercelin 

As enterprises across a multitude of industries have started their drone programs, the question now becomes how does it scale?

The answer to this question will be different for each enterprise, and therefore DJI has built a suite of developer technologies that enable firms to easily create their own solution through customization and automation tools for their fleet of DJI drones.

This class will explain what you can do with DJI’s developer technologies, how leading enterprises have leveraged them and what are the next steps for enabling your enterprise.


Partnerships and the Future of the Commercial Drone Industry Landscape

Panel

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Track: All

Moderator: Michael Blades

Speakers: Derek Lyons, Joshua Ziering, Jan Gasparic, Basil Yap

The commercial drone ecosystem is changing almost as rapidly as the technology that drives it. This panel will discuss, from both a US and global view, how the commercial drone services market has transitioned from a stove-piped development approach to a race to provide a one-stop shop for all-in-one services supporting various industries. However, not all partnerships are as beneficial as they seem while others hit solution services out the park. This panel will cover what these partnerships mean for the commercial drone ecosystem as well as the opportunities they may produce or possibly eliminate through their synergies.


Tips for Setting Up a Public Safety Program

Panel

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Track: Public Safety

Speakers: Colin Giles, Daniel Marek, Brendan Stewart

As drones take off and assist first responders in ways never thought conceivable only a few years ago, the foundation for making that possible is having a strong public safety program in place. But when budgets are tight, how do you prove the use case is strong enough to integrate drones into your team? This panel will discuss developing a program proposal and best practices for implementation and integration once your program is approved.


UAS in Public Safety: Where Are We Today?

Class

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Track: Public Safety

Speaker: Romeo Durscher

Over the past 12-18 months, the adaption rate of Unmanned Aerial Systems in public safety has dramatically increased. Off-the-shelve solutions have already been providing benefits and through our learnings in public safety, we have been focusing on more in-depth hardware and software solutions for fire, search and rescue and law enforcement. Through several focused public safety partnerships and pilot test sites, including a partnership with the European Emergency Number Association (EENA), DJI has been assessing needs, challenges and success stories. What have we learned, where are we today and what will the future look like? Romeo will share insights into current and future solutions, lessons learned in the field and share information on deployment methods within public safety.


How Drones are Going to Change Real Estate Marketing and the Opportunities for UAV Operators in the Real Estate Market

Class

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Track: Cinema and Photo | Business

Speaker: John McDonald

We already know what great pictures, videos and 3D mapping UAVs can offer. Come learn now how to market yourself and company to the CEO of a Home Building business, CEO of a Developer, learn what things are important to them and what stage of their work do they need your service. By understanding the current methods, you will learn how to market your services to a commercial broker, a land planner, engineer, architect, VP of Sale and Marketing, Retail managers, local Realtor’s. Understanding all the benefits may surprise you. Learn which real estate associations you should be aware of and how to rank all the upcoming projects in your home area.


Using Ardupilot Open-Source Systems for Professional Precision Mapping

Class

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Track: Surveying and Mapping | Developemnt and Hardware

Speaker: Jaime Machuca

Ardupilot is the leading open-source autopilot software in the industry. It is a very versatile autopilot capable of matching even the most advanced commercial systems. There have been a lot of advances on the use of high precision GPS systems in the last few months and this has enabled a new level of precision in the output of mapping systems. Centimiter grade surveys are now possible by using the right GPS and camera combinations. This class will show what the main components of this system should be, how they interact together, what you have to look for in order to have the most precise outputs, and will show the results of a traditional survey vs the results obtained with an RTK equipped fixed-wing UAV.


3D Mapping with UAS in Construction: Aircraft, Software, and Managing Data

Class

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Track: Construction, Aggregates and Mining

Speaker: Douglas Spotted Eagle

The ability to create a timeline of aerial images on a construction site is not only affordable, it will offer insights to the jobsite that is sure to save money and efforts. Collecting aerial data on a construction site with the use of a UAS can offer digital elevation maps, point clouds and other useful data.

This class will present real-world examples of how this technology has changed the face of surveying and mapping for construction and engineering analysis. The session will encompass the practical steps necessary to acquire suitable images in the field and how those images may be processed to generate data that is extremely valuable and useful to a variety of clients.

This presentation will be of great interest to any drone pilot wishing to expand operations beyond photography and video applications.

This session will include:

• Construction jobsite integration with UAS Overview

• Overview of orthomosaics and 3D Modeling

• Advantages of utilizing orthomosaics

• Programming the Flight Grid & capturing the data

• Mapping the construction site (orthomosaic and 3D models)


Best Practice for Safety-Critical Software

Class

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Track: Development and Hardware

Speaker: Keenan Johnson

Software that runs on unmanned aircraft or other physical systems is inherently more dangerous than other types of software such as websites. Therefore, developers working on such systems must be rigorous in the design, implementation, testing, and deployment of their software.

This talk will discuss best practices and lessons learned for teams developing safety-critical software. Specifically, we will discuss the following topics:

  • How to design high reliability software
  • The interaction between hardware and software desig
  • Implementation details of high reliability software, including:
    • The importance of execution timing
    • Tips for memory allocation and management
    • The importance of causal systems
  • The importance of design and implementation review
  • Code review tooling and best practice
  • Desired tooling and infrastructure for software development and test teams
  • The different types of testing including hardware in the loop testing
  • Deployment practices for safety critical software

If you are a software developer working with safety critical systems, work with software teams, or have interest in what working on a professional software team is like, then this talk is for you!


Moving Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management Forward: The Current Landscape

Panel

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Track: All

Moderator: Jim Williams

Speakers: Biruk Abraham, Mark Aitken, Marke “Hoot” Gibson

In the first half of this 120-minute panel, the current landscape of UTM will be discussed from policy and regulatory standpoints. With programs like Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) rolling out, the path to flying quickly, legally and safely is becoming more streamlined. But what’s the state of beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations? Where does UAS remote tracking and identification currently stand? This panel of industry-leading experts with discuss these topics as well as the reality of implementation and integration into our National Airspace System (NAS).


Moving Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management Forward: The Future Landscape

Panel

4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Track: All

Moderator: Jim Williams

Speakers: Matt Fanelli, Ben Marcus

The second half of this 120-minute panel will cover the path forward for UTM from a technical, real-world implementation standpoint. You will hear from the companies that are facilitating the advancement of UTM through their solutions and programs, and learn what resources are available to you now for flying quickly, legally and safely. The future vision for fully integrating drones into our National Airspace System (NAS) will also be discussed.


Drones and the Maritime Industry

Panel

4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Track: Business | Public Safety | Inspection

Speaker: Sean Pribyl

Drones are becoming equally effective out at sea as they are flying above land. From more efficient and safer ship inspections to patrolling ports, search and rescue, monitoring hazards, sniffing out emissions and delivering essentials to vessels, the use cases are clear, but the laws for flying out at sea are different. This panel will will cover what and where is the crossroads of aviation and maritime jurisdictions; what does Part 107 cover for flying at sea, and what can and can’t you do flying over international waters?


Aerial Photography – What’s New and Hot and How To Stand Out

Class

4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Track: Cinema and Photo

Speaker: Romeo Durscher

This class is designed to inspire you to try new and creative ways in aerial photography. Together we will also dig deep into the functionality of the DJI Go app and explore many of the camera settings. You will also learn post-production editing tips to create single images, vertical and horizontal aerial panoramas and some additional creative ways of showcasing your art-work. And then there are always the creative third-party solutions that can be a lot of fun too.


Building an Enterprise-Scale UAV Program in the Mining Industry

Class

4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Track: Construction, Aggregates and Mining

Speaker: Andrew Carey

Are you curious how drones are revolutionizing one of the world’s largest mines? This presentation covers how drone technology is being utilized at Rio Tinto’s Kennecott Utah Copper as well as the fundamental steps for building an enterprise drone program fit for such a large operation. Details include a list of comprehensive use cases for drones within the large-scale mining industry, internal and external regulatory compliance challenges, pilot certification and practical training, fleet management and of course plenty of lessons learned.


Harnessing the Power of Your Drone Data

Panel

4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Track: All

Moderator: Colin Snow

Speakers: Amit Ganjoo, Marty Scholl

Drones gather a trove of information and data, but how do you turn that data into actionable business insights? From the collection process to analysis and decision making, this panel will cover the best ways to harness the data in your pipeline while increasing productivity and your bottom line.


UAVs and Remote Sensing for the Green Industry: What to Know Before You Start

Class

4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Track: Inspection | Surveying and Mapping

Speakers: Tim Haynie, Dan Staley

This session will explore the current drone and data processing technologies for their suitability and application in urban constructed landscapes for the green industry. You will receive a complete overview of what it takes to provide services for the green industry, including flying missions for tree assessments, plant health assessments, inventories, turfgrass monitoring, and utility corridor operations.

Opportunities are growing for UAV operations and data analysis in turfgrass management, detection of water stress in plants, detection of pests and decay in trees, inventories, utility vegetation management, measurements of area, slope, volume and length, plant health assessments, and bids for landscape maintenance are among the green industry needs that will soon require UAS and associated technologies. Examples from actual projects will be given, including large-scale remote sensing of urban forests with UASs and landscape health assessments.

• You will learn about specific green industry needs, including the types of flights needed for bid requirements, choosing a cloud-based platform or stand-alone data provider, and times of day to fly for vegetation assessments.

• You will learn details such as the need for flying very near trees for inspections and risk assessment, which vegetation indices to use for missions, and the pros and cons of different agriculture sensors for urban vegetation types.

• You will walk away from this class with the information necessary to make a decision on how (or whether) to offer their services to the green industry.


Thursday, September 6th

Managing Drone Data: Choosing the Right Data Service Provider

Class

8:45 AM – 9:45 AM

Track: Inspection | Surveying and Mapping | Construction, Aggregates and Mining | Precision Agriculture

Speaker: Colin Snow

Choosing a drone data service means choosing a trusted business partner. But with so many choices, it can be hard to know which one you should use. What advantage does one have over another? Unfortunately, the answers are not simple. A lot depends on your business model, your target market, what functions you need, and quite frankly how much you are willing to spend. The good news is the current wave of development and innovation in online drone data services is focused on mapping and analytic solutions that drone business service providers and enterprises can use to help solve real world problems – problems like infrastructure decay, crop yields, stockpile inaccuracies, improper construction sequencing, mining site logistics, etc. With that in mind, in this session I’ll outline the important criteria to help you evaluate the various web-based mapping and imaging services for drones.

In this session, you’ll learn:

• Who are the major providers and what’s their focus?

• How to determine the value of the services they provide?

• What questions should you be asking when comparing offerings?

• What’s the best way to integrating a service into your existing workflow so that it simplifies your operations and save costs?


Addressing the Proficiency Gap in Part 107 Operations. Are Your Pilots Really Ready?

Class

8:45 AM – 9:45 AM

Track: Business | Public Safety

Speaker: Brendan Stewart

On paper, your drone program is ready for takeoff. You’ve acquired the right equipment, developed standard operating procedures, acquired any necessary authorizations from the FAA and each pilot on your team has a freshly minted Remote Pilot’s certificate. There’s just one problem. No one on your team has ever actually flown a drone. With the justification of your drone program built on the pillars of cost, efficiency, and safety, your business can’t afford the liability associated with a trial-and-error approach. So how do you empower your pilots to climb the learning curve without making expensive and dangerous mistakes? In this session, you will learn the techniques of building a public safety drone program to ensure success in mission-critical operations and how your business can benefit.

You will learn:

• The high cost of bad data: How minor errors in data capture snowball into expensive problems.

• Workforce development: The competitive edge held by companies investing in their pilots.

• Setting the standard: How proficiency minimums protect your business and improve results

• Take notes: How good recordkeeping limits liability and improves your bottom line

• Tripping points: where enterprise players get stuck with drones, and how you can avoid their pitfalls.


How TV News Benefits from Drones

Panel

8:45 AM – 9:45 AM

Track: Business | Cinema and Photo

Speaker: Sally French

Last year was a pivotal moment for drones in newsgathering. From Hurricane Harvey to the Southern California Wildfires, drones played an integral part in the way news was covered. CNN also received a milestone Part 107 waiver to fly over people, paving the way for expanded flight operations in not only newsgathering, but other commercial drone industries. This panel will discuss future opportunities and the ways drones will continue to change journalism.


Working with the FAA on Construction Projects

Class

8:45 AM – 9:45 AM

Track: Business | Construction, Aggregates and Mining

Speaker: Chan Ahn

It is an exhilarating experience to fly a drone within 800 feet of an active State airport while communicating with the air traffic control tower. Wind, air traffic, private planes, touring helicopters, multiple moving cranes and unexpected situations contribute the complications. This class will peak the behind scenes to learn what it takes to operate a drone near an airport.


Counting Sheep with Drones and AI

Class

8:45 AM – 9:45 AM

Track: Development and Hardware

Speaker: Godfrey Nolan

This class is a hands-on guide to adding AI to your drone’s mobile app to count sheep in a field. Using Google’s Tensorflow we can relatively quickly add trained models to any Android app. After a brief overview of machine learning and how to use machine learning in Android apps, you’ll see how to process the video from a drone app so we can use the AI to literally count how many sheep there are in the farmer’s field. You’ll see how we trained the model, implemented the app and tested it in the real world.


Drones, Thermal Imaging and Emergency Response

Class

8:45 AM – 9:45 AM

Track: Public Safety

Speakers: Patrick Sherman, Brian Zvaigzne

The Roswell Flight Test Crew draws on its extensive experience using small, low-cost Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) equipped with thermal imaging cameras to assist firefighters and other first responders in a range of scenarios that include structural and wildland firefighting, search and rescue, as well as hazardous material spills. This session will cover the capabilities and limitations of thermal imaging technology, as well as its specific application in emergency response situations.


Flying Drones for Insurance Claims

Panel

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Track: Business

Speakers: Bruce Crankshaw, Randy Ishikawa

The United States had its fair share of natural disasters last year, as did insurance claims for major property damage. One path to facilitating faster claims and keeping insurance inspectors secure was employing drones to collect aerial photos, which proved cheaper, safer and more efficient. As a drone service provider, what do you need to know before flying for insurance claims? This panel will cover getting set up, privacy rules, and how to secure contracts.


Creating a Public Safety DRONE Training Program

Class

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Track: Public Safety

Speaker: Anthony DeMolina

Developing a small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) training program for public safety brings with it technical and tactical challenges. A comprehensive training program must address evolving rules and regulations for the use of sUAS, expanding roles for employment of aircraft and creating public approbation for drone operations. Safety, a critical element highlighted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), must be infused into training as well. These concepts are incorporated in DRONE Training, a method for creating sUAS education architecture. A3 Analysis provides a framework to ensure a comprehensive and holistic training regimen that remains relevant and ready for operations built on emerging aviation technology. This task is made less daunting when enlisting assistance from organizations positioned to help the first responder community. Together, these strategies forge a successful training program for continued sUAS operations.

You will be able to create a training program by:

• Determining Pre-Scripted Mission Sets,

• Researching Requirements,

• Obtaining Authorizations and Authorities

• Noting Areas of Increased Risk

• Evaluating Capabilities and Limitations

And, validate the training program through A3 Analysis, examining:

• Aviator

• Aircraft

• Airspace


Hybrid Surveying Methods Using LIDar and UAS to Achieve High-Precison Topographic Land Surveys

Class

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Track: Surveying and Mapping

Speaker: Paul Wheeler

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) has created a disruptive change in land surveying practices. Rapid advances in technology have drastically changed what can be accomplished utilizing innovative methods. This session will discuss the best practices to obtain survey grade accuracy utilizing UAS, LiDAR, and traditional methods in a hybrid approach to achieve high-precision topographic land surveys more efficiently and with less cost.

Learning Objectives:

• How to get started utilizing new technology in land surveying

• Hardware needed to get started

• What software is needed for UAS data collection and processing

• Strengths and weaknesses of UAS Point Clouds

• How to use a hybrid surveying approach to achieve the best results

• How to increase productivity utilizing UAS

• Lessons learned using UAS for land surveys


Drones in Construction Startup Kit

Class

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Track: Construction, Aggregates and Mining

Speaker: Richard Lopez

Get started using UAVs to take measurements, conduct inspections, measure progress and communicate status more effectively with different stakeholders. Richard Lopez, Virtual Design and Construction Manager with Hensel Phelps Construction Company, will take you from A to Z ,starting with Flight Planning and which drones and software to start with and your Part 107 certification. You’ll move through getting approval from legal teams and managing risk, maintaining and using your equipment effectively, delivering data and training teams how to use it.


Drones Over Hollywood: How to Get in on the Action

Class

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Track: Cinema and Photo

Speaker: Skip Fredricks

The use of UAVs in the entertainment industry has reached a tipping point: drones are involved in almost every TV and film production, and content creators are increasing demand for their use in organic, story-driven ways. In this presentation, for both intermediate and expert users, you’ll see how advancements in tech, policy and content are accelerating the quality of, and demands on, drone use in Hollywood. Learn how UAV use fits in the production ecosystem, and how to make sure both your engineering and creative talents shine. This class will also guide you into breaking in at several different levels, talk about creating your own successful business, and cover how to open up multiple revenue streams.

Not in the entertainment industry? You’ll also learn which film and TV tricks can help improve your services in aerial photography for other fields such as security and agriculture.

Note: You should understand the basics of drone photography and have basic flight experience. (333 and 107 certificates are suggested.)


Drones in Public Safety: An End-User’s Perspective

Panel

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Track: Public Safety

Speakers: Kent Adams, Keenan Newton, Michael Uleski

Last year, during the series of unfortunate natural disasters the United States experienced, drones proved their worth time and time again as an essential tool in public safety. With programs in place, emergency response personnel from fire to police and search and rescue, were able to execute operations efficiently and effectively. This panel discussion will focus on real-world applications for using drones in public safety, and the best equipment and strategies to use in dire situations.


Drones in Precision Agriculture: An End-User’s Perspective

Panel

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Track: Precision Agriculture

Moderator: Chad Colby

We’ve all heard about the opportunities drones bring to the agriculture industry, but what about hearing from those that are actually putting them into practice? This panel will offer an end-user’s perspective from farmers and agronomists that are implementing drones out in the fields. Come hear about best practices, tips and tricks, and techniques and technologies for detailed farming management, including data collection and analysis, remote sensing, multispectral imagery and more.


Drones in Infrastructure Inspection: An End-User’s Perspective

Panel

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Track: Inspection

Speakers: Catherine Bramlett, Darshan Divakaran, Jennifer Wells, Paul Wheeler

This panel of end users will discuss use cases and real-world implementations for using drones in infrastructure inspection, including tunnels, bridges, roadways and railroads. Whether you are a drone service provider, bidding on a large-scale government contract, or flying for the US Department of Transportation (DOT), you will learn what you need to know from an end-user’s perspective for flying and inspecting essential infrastructure.


Drones in Construction, Aggregates & Mining: An End-User’s Perspective

Panel

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Track: Construction, Aggregates and Mining

Speakers: Chan Ahn, Andrew Carey, Richard Lopez, Andrew Suozzo

UAVs are proving themselves as useful tools on a construction or mining worksite, but integrating them into an in-house team or drone service business can prove challenging. This panel will cover worksite management tools and technologies, ways to quickly and safely analyze stockpiles, and best practices for planning, reporting and auditing needs. You will also learn tools and tips for streamlining your projects, ensuring efficient resource management and ultimately saving time and money.


Drones in Energy Inspection: An End-User’s Perspective

Panel

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Track: Inspection

Speakers: Todd Chase, Suzanne Lemieux, Patrick Saracco

The use case for flying drones for energy inspection is clear. They offer faster and safer problem resolution while inspecting anything from an oil & gas line to powerlines and nuclear energy and utility infrastructure. This panel will cover real-world perspectives as well as tips, tricks and beset practices for ensuring efficient and productive operations.


Drones in Surveying and Mapping: An End-User’s Perspective

Panel

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Track: Surveying and Mapping

Speakers: Marty Scholl, Riley Lindsay

Whether you are a drone service provider or part of an in-house enterprise team, flying a UAV for surveying and mapping requires skill. And with so many solutions in the surveying and mapping space, how do you know which technology is best for you and your use case? This panel will offer a real-world, end-user perspective for flying drones in this vertical as well as tips and tricks for delivering the best end product to your customer or company.


State and Local Regulation of Unmanned Aircraft – What You Can and Can’t Do and How to Keep You Out of Trouble

Class

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Track: Business

Speaker: Mark McKinnon

Many state and local governments have not been shy about their desire to regulate all aspects of UAS operation. Over the years, states have enacted laws and regulations attempting to limit who can fly, where they can fly, how they fly, what data they can collect, and what they can do with it. Last year alone, 38 states proposed laws addressing some aspect of UAS operations, and the pace has not let up this year.

In this seminar, we will bring you up to date about all of the latest developments in state and local UAS regulations. The topics covered will include:

• The latest state and local regulations and current trends

• What are state privacy laws and how to deal with them

• Trespass and state control of airspace

• Federal preemption and what state and local laws are unenforceable

• The authority of state and local police over your UAS operations and how to handle them if they come by

• Authority of state and local first responders and UAS operations during a natural disaster

This class will provide an overview of the issues and legal concepts and is intended for novices and those with an intermediate understanding of the issues. It is relevant to anyone who operates UAS commercially, particularly those who operate UAS in multiple state jurisdictions.


Drones in Public Safety: Cutting-Edge Technology

Panel

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Track: Public Safety

Speakers: Romeo Durscher, Sezen Jones, Gene Saunders Jr.

With so many applications for drones in public safety, it’s easy to get lost in the noise. Hear from companies that are on the forefront of developing technology for the civil market, including thermal imaging, live-feed video cameras, heat sensors, tethered drones and more. You will learn which solutions are best for your application and ways to maximize the technology to ensure an ironclad emergency response operation.


Drones in Precision Agriculture: Cutting-Edge Technology

Panel

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Track: Precision Agriculture

Speakers: Jaime Machuca, Charles Malveaux, Michael Ritter

From multispectral and hyperspectral imaging to mapping and data analysis, UAV data-driven technology in the Precision Agriculture space is constantly evolving. Learn from industry-leading companies that are developing these technologies for farmers on what’s to come as well as when it’s best to use a particular solution for your Precision Agriculture needs.


Drones in Energy Inspection: Cutting-Edge Technology

Panel

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Track: Inspection

Moderator: Colin Snow

Speakers: Chris Fleming

UAVs offer improved preventive maintenance programs with safer and better inspection methods for energy, but how do you cut through the hype and ensure you are armed with the technology you need? This panel of industry-leading companies will discuss current and future solutions, and the ways your bottom line will be positively affected.


Friday, September 7th

Intellectual Property for the UAV Industry: Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights

Class

8:45 AM – 9:45 AM

Track: Business

Speaker: Eric Hanscom

Many entrepreneurs have great ideas, but turning an idea into a profitable business is not so easy. The world of intellectual property is not an easy one to understand, and there are all sorts of misconceptions and “urban legends” that can lead an inventor or business down the wrong path, and sometimes it is a one-way ticket to disaster. Is it OK to write your own provisional and then expect a patent attorney to later “fix the mistakes” with a utility application? What makes for a good trademark name? If you have a copyright whenever you create something, why bother registering the copyright? Can you just “design patent” your invention to protect others from copying your technology? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this session.

Included in the discussion will be the proper use of Provisional Patent Applications, differences between Utility and Design patents, effective use of the PCT, Madrid Protocol and trademark filings. We will also simplify the patent and trademark examination procedures, and give some tips of how to minimize legal expenses and maximize legal protection.


UAV Post-Production

Class

8:45 AM – 9:45 AM

Track: Cinema and Photo

Speaker: Douglas Spotted Eagle

UAV Cameras use a variety of codec/container packages that confound and confuse various editing systems. Rapid access, evaluation of footage, footage contents, and metadata contained in footage is important in any UAS use, and for commercial applications, immediate feedback is frequently required. In this session we’ll discuss how to optimize footage for various uses, how to edit files for distribution, and how to most quickly utilize footage for evaluative playback. We’ll also discuss various means of displaying/distributing footage in either live-flight or post-event scenarios.


Take Charge: Battery Life Innovations on the Horizon

Panel

8:45 AM – 9:45 AM

Track: Development and Hardware

Speakers: Callie Mortimer, Phil Robinson

There is never enough battery time – or at least there is always a tradeoff between flight-time and payload. As larger, heavier, more powerful drones penetrate enterprise markets, we’re going to need more power delivered efficiently. From tethered drones that offer unlimited power to the more “futuristic” Hydrogen fuel cell drone, this panel of experts will discuss what sort of solutions are on the horizon, and the pros and cons to each.


Automated Workflows for Cell Tower Inspection and Their Benefits

Class

8:45 AM – 9:45 AM

Track: Inspection

Speaker: David Adjiashvili

Essentially all of the worlds’ 3+ million cell towers are inspected on an annual basis anywhere between one and ten times. These inspections are traditionally carried out by experienced climbers, or more recently by manual or semi-automatic drone based workflow.

Few noteworthy advantage of using drones in this market are dramatically increased safety, reduced costs and increased inspection quality. However, to achieve these advantages at scale, several steps of traditional drone based workflows need to be optimized.

This class offers a dive into automated workflow for inspecting cell towers that achieve the latter goals. The audience will learn how the three main step in a drone based workflow (data acquisition, 3D model reconstruction and model consumption) can be automated and streamlined to produce excellent and repeatable results at a dramatically lower cost than both climber-based and manual drone workflows.

Some of the concrete details that will be discussed:

1. Data Acquisition: How using a specialized flight planner for automated cell tower inspection improves the collected data quality (better coverage with fewer images), reduces the acquisition time on site and eliminates errors and the need for redos.

2. How photogrammetry based 3D model reconstruction can be used to present an intuitive interface to browse the collected data, perform visual inspections and more. Models of various types of towers will be shown (monopole, lattice etc.).

3. What automated tools exist to automatically consume the generated 3D model. This includes automatic antenna detection and labeling, corrosion detection and more.

Finally, the integration of all three step into a single easy to use streamlined workflow will be discussed and its importance will be demonstrated.


Do Drones Disturb Wildlife?

Panel

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Track: All

Moderator: David Bird

Speakers: Dr. David Johnston, Jeff Sloan

Drones are being embraced more and more by biologists and conservationists all over the world as a useful tool to count, detect, track and observe wildlife. However, not all agree with their use. Some feel that these sometimes noisy machines can pose a hazard to wildlife and they want their use curtailed through stricter regulations or even banned in some places. This panel, composed of experts using drones to study wildlife, will discuss the pros and cons of adopting these machines for this purpose and what steps we must take to make more effective use of the technology. During the discussion, you will also learn about the latest successes (and failures) in their use.


Maximizing Still Photography Results

Class

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Track: Cinema and Photo | Business

Speaker: Fiona Lake

How do you create drone images that stand out, in an increasingly over-saturated market? This class will help your ability to create images that are special.

The session will begin with photography fundamentals then move on to tackling the additional challenges involved in aerial photography, mistakes to avoid, and how to be successfully selective.

Followed by the pros and cons of the most popular drones used for photography, then tips such as effective social media promotion and what moving from hobby to professional-standard photography entails.

Fiona’s presentation will be illustrated by aerial photographs taken across Australia and include comments on some of the changes she has seen during three decades as an aerial photographer, plus views on what the future is likely to hold.


UAV Adoption on the Farm

Class

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Track: Precision Agriculture

Speaker: Michael Ritter

How do drones factor into the future of farming? Why are they the optimal platform for measuring crop performance? What kind of results are early adopters seeing today? What will we see tomorrow? What does it take to drive sustained use and new adoption?

From the abundance of new technology available to the farm, the low-altitude drone is unique. There is no better platform from which to assess field conditions which can drive improved production performance and more accurate yield forecasts, from the small family farm to multinational enterprises. And that is changing the industry.

In this session, we will discuss these important questions and several more that are driving adoption across the industry:

• Advances in drone usability

• Remote sensing and analytics capabilities which address more specific problems on the farm to deliver more highly valued data

• Improved system scalability across large enterprise operations

• Drone data integration with other on-farm platforms and analytics


Scaling and Architecting Smart Embedded Software Teams for Large-Scale Autonomous Efforts

Class

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Track: Development and Hardware

Speaker: DJ Daugherty

Integrating hardware and embedded software is always a challenge, but when it gets really interesting is when you need to do it at scale. This talk will discuss several factors that affect your ability to do embedded software at scale:

• Criticality and complexity of the software (i.e. smart toaster vs. autonomous drone) – the more features, algorithms, and safety implications a project needs to deal with the more important it is to have things like self-validating specifications. As hardware complexity rises, quality software is of utmost importance to ensure functional safety in safety-critical embedded systems.

• Scaling the number of teams, vendors, and locations – increased organizational complexity in development effort make it critical to have solid techniques to divide and conquer while continuously integrating.

• Understand the level of Innovation – as teams scale there is a tendency to sink back into inefficient strategies.


Patrolling for Plutonium: Using Drones to Detect Radiation Sources

Class

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Track: Public Safety | Development and Hardware

Speakers: Thomas Bull, Terence Powell

In this session, the instructors will cover how they built on the experience of chemical and radiation monitoring for the World Cup and Olympics to transform a commercial small UAS into an integrated radiation sensor detection, identification, and monitoring solution. A UAS’ mission is simple. Go and search for excessive amounts of radiation readings in various environments to include rail cars, shipping containers, public events, and other areas. This results in significantly reducing the search time while maintaining a safe distance and exposure rate for public safety personnel in potentially contaminated areas. The class will describe a system that allows one drone operator to patrol a wide area while the drone remotely reports the readings in real time to the command post and emergency operation centers. Additionally, our presentation will cover the hardware and software systems of the application. The hardware discussion describes the drone and communications technologies of the solution, and the software discussion will cover the graphical user interface that maps the drone location and detection readings for one or multiple counter-radiation drones. We conclude the session by tying the complete system together and exploring potential uses of the system by First Responders.


Using Thermal Imaging Drones for Solar Farm Inspection

Class

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Track: Inspection

Speaker: Randall Warnas

As solar power remains the fastest-growing source of new energy in the world, it is understandable that using the most state-of-the-art technology to augment efficiencies is sought after by site management. Since 2014, drones have taken the world by storm providing a unique vantage point to collect data while securing lives and livelihoods within industry. After years of investigation and testing of drone systems to support or replace traditional methods of solar farm inspect; it is clear that drones allow for more frequent iterations, faster data acquisition, and greater accuracy than before.

This presentation will cover the basic considerations of operating drones commercially. Also, discuss the value of using thermal imaging drones for solar inspections. Then delve into the best practices in conducting drone-based solar inspections. This will include planning the inspection, collecting the best imagery, and creating deliverables that will drive the most value for site management and corporate teams.

With drones becoming more prevalent in the industry, this presentation would serve as a valuable forum for a public traded and well-respected company to deliver statistics and outcomes of using this technology.


Drones and the Power of Artificial Intelligence

Panel

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Track: All

Moderator: Miram McNabb

Speakers: Jaime Machuca

Drones and Artificial Intelligence seem to go hand in hand now, and it’s easy to see why. With computer vision technology capable of collision avoidance, and systems smart enough to learn and operate on behalf of the human operator, AI could be the conduit for safely and reliably integrating drones into our National Airspace System (NAS) and the path to expanding flights beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS). The use cases are endless as are the opportunities. Learn about them and more in this panel.


Risk Management for Commercial Drone Operations

Class

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Track: Business

Speaker: Scott Smith

If you are planning on getting paid to fly your drone, do you know the risks? What makes the use commercial? This Drone Risk Management class will discuss the basics of risk management and the use of drone insurance as part of that plan, types of coverages available, various license and equipment requirements and more.


Successfully Deploying a UAS at a Public Safety Incident

Class

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Track: Public Safety

Speaker: Keenan Newton

You received your Remote Pilot Certificate or Public COA, created SOGs/SOPs that your chief has ratified, your brand new shiny drone has arrived, and batteries are charged. The tones drop, now what? The first call is going to be nerve wracking. Everything you have prepared for has led to this moment. This session will discuss real-world incidents where we utilized drones and will review what went well and what didn’t go so well with lessons learned. The instructor will review how his agency utilizes drones to provide real value on the scene that helps mitigate the incident more efficiently and safely. He will also share tips on HazMat, search and rescue, structure fires and law enforcement incidents.

You will learn:

• Keeping your equipment in a mission ready state

• Discuss real-world incidents and what was learned from them

• Learn about the equipment needed for successful missions

• How to deploy an UAS at an incident

• Keeping incident command informed without being over your shoulder

• Learn proven UAS practices on HazMat, Search and Rescue, Barricaded subject, Structure Fire and other types of public safety incidents


Night Flight Workshop – Theory Portion, Part I

Class

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Track: Cinema and Photo

Speaker: Douglas Spotted Eagle

This unique Night UAV flight training course will equip UAV pilots with the knowledge, skills and confidence to pilot your UAV at night safely, efficiently and effectively.

Greater than 70 percent of our flying information comes through the eye and the eye is easily fooled at night. This is compounded by the inexperienced pilot alternating views between a tabled/lighted display and the position of the UAV in the sky. Night flying has a higher accident rate than identical day flying, both in UAV and manned aviation. Why? Depth perception is severely distorted, as is reaction time. There are also visual illusions that need to be recognized and mitigated.

This session will provide theoretical information informing pilots on how to sidestep these challenges, while properly assessing and managing the risks associated with night flight (as waived per Part 107.29). Attendees will learn the fundamentals and specifics of applying for a COW/COA for night flight from an experienced night-flight pilot who has filed numerous waivers of all sorts.

Each attendee will complete a written examination provided and a certificate of attendance will be sent every successful post-InterDrone.

Who Should Attend

UAS pilots who already have 107.29 waivers (for purposes of understanding industry best-practices/standards) and those that would like to add a 107.29 waiver to their 107 certification.

Any pilot looking to build their knowledge pool will find significant benefit in this deep dive into the physics, physiology, risks, and rewards of night-time operations.


Insights from Images: How Drones and Image-Based Mapping and analytics are Transforming the Mining Industry

Class

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Track: Construction, Aggregates and Mining | Business

Speaker: Matthieu Lefebvre

The mining industry is being rushed by a challenging macroeconomic environment, pushing the C-suite and managers to transform their businesses to mine smarter. The digital can help in this matter as it unlocks real business value by empowering executives to make better decisions, faster, safer and cheaper. Drones and image-based mapping are proving to reinvent the day-to-day businesses on mining sites. Smart mines in practice with drones and images are impacting asset lifecycle management, operational risk and compliance management, as well as supply chain management. Higher business impact can be achieved through in-house drone and image-based end-to-end solutions fully integrated into the enterprise systems. Going this way to the next level with a scaled enterprise-wide integration can help driving the competitive advantage and secure the profitability for businesses in this challenging mining industry.


Small UAS Logic

Class

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Track: Development and Hardware

Speaker: Kevin Jenkins

This class covers the logic behindo common autonomous flight planning and operations elements. This will include preflight, arming, takeoff, waypoints, surveys, landings, and failsafe features. We will also discuss the logic behind various common flight modes and how they can be used. The preflight section will focus on the calibration of sensors, particularly the airspeed sensor, and how they can impact flight. We will move on to discuss the various safeguards which can prevent arming. Takeoff, waypoints, and landings will be covered for both multirotor and fixed-wing aircraft. More advanced landing features such as two-stage landing and wind detection will also be discussed. We will take an in depth look at the finer points of photo survey planning including GSD and overlap and how these factors relate to data collection. The goal of this class is to provide beginning and intermediate small UAS operators with a better understanding of autonomous logic in order to improve flight planning and general operations.


Case Study: How Drones, Data, and A.I. Redefine the Solar, Roofing, and Insurance Industries

Class

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Track: Inspection

Speaker: Justin Strong

This class will look at three real-world scenarios in which drones, A.I., and advanced deep learning tools are redefining how solar, roofing, and insurance professionals get their work done. He’ll discuss how these companies are using drone tech and how businesses of any size can implement drone programs that let them reap the tremendous benefits of aerial inspection technologies. Last, he’ll take a look at how these technologies will continue to improve, radically change the lives of professionals in those industries, and benefit your end customer.


The Future is Female – Women in the Drone Industry

Class

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Track: Business

Speakers: Sharon Rossmark, Wendy Erikson

As the UAS industry has grown, so has the number of women entering and succeeding in the industry. Women were seemingly left out of the initial economic equation for determining the progression and opportunities within the industry. But in only a few short years women have emerged as a major marketing target. This session will cover how women are succeeding in the industry, and how to successfully market to this growing and vital segment.


UAS Countermeasures (C-UAS) for Security and Public Safety

Class

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Track: Public Safety

Speaker: Brian Fentiman

While the public safety sector has adopted drone technology as a great tool for collision reconstruction and creating 3D models of crime scenes, all security entities are now tasked with securing sensitive infrastructure, VIP events and large crowds from the threat from above.

This course will provide an overview of the typical threats that we are facing domestically and inform you about the availability, effectiveness, and legality of the various UAS detection and mitigation options available in the worldwide market. The course also takes a deeper dive into the various types of Radio Frequency (RF) Countermeasure tools available. RF countermeasures are explained in detail in both technical terms and using analogies that everyone can understand. Participants will learn about the advantages and disadvantages of each of the C-UAS options, as well as learn about the various regulations that limit who can use certain types of UAS countermeasures legally. At the end of the course, you will know how to avoid some of the common “tricks” used by C-UAS “Snake Oil Salesman” when demonstrating their products.

Remember, it is just as important to educate your organization about what you can’t do, as it is to know what you can do, when it comes to a UAS security incident. An incident will happen at some point and you will have to defend your actions or lack of action.


Night Flight Workshop – Theory Portion, Part II

Class

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Track: Cinema and Photo

Speaker: Douglas Spotted Eagle

This unique Night UAV flight training course will equip UAV pilots with the knowledge, skills and confidence to pilot your UAV at night safely, efficiently and effectively.

Greater than 70 percent of our flying information comes through the eye and the eye is easily fooled at night. This is compounded by the inexperienced pilot alternating views between a tabled/lighted display and the position of the UAV in the sky. Night flying has a higher accident rate than identical day flying, both in UAV and manned aviation. Why? Depth perception is severely distorted, as is reaction time. There are also visual illusions that need to be recognized and mitigated.

This session will provide theoretical information informing pilots on how to sidestep these challenges, while properly assessing and managing the risks associated with night flight (as waived per Part 107.29). Attendees will learn the fundamentals and specifics of applying for a COW/COA for night flight from an experienced night-flight pilot who has filed numerous waivers of all sorts.

Each attendee will complete a written examination provided and a certificate of attendance will be sent every successful post-InterDrone.

Who Should Attend

UAS pilots who already have 107.29 waivers (for purposes of understanding industry best-practices/standards) and those that would like to add a 107.29 waiver to their 107 certification.

Any pilot looking to build their knowledge pool will find significant benefit in this deep dive into the physics, physiology, risks, and rewards of night-time operations.


Alternative Energy: New Power Sources

Class

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Track: Development and Hardware

Speakers: Patrick Sherman, Brian Zvaigzne

Virtually all multirotor UAS flying today rely on Lithium-Polymer (LiPo) batteries as their primary power source. The most energy dense battery chemistry available today, LiPos nevertheless have important drawbacks. They can cause fires if damaged or charged incorrectly, and most platforms using LiPos are limited to approximately a 20-minute flying time. In this session, the Roswell Flight Test Crew will examine current and future alternative power sources. These include: Lithium-Sulfur batteries, hydrogen fuel cells and gas-electric hybrid systems. While each have advantages and drawbacks, all promise to substantially extend the flight time of multirotor drones.


Preview of Proposed Part 107 Flight Over People Parachute Recovery System Requirements

Class

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Track: Development and Hardware | Business

Speaker: Gene Engelgau

Interested in Flight over people? Be one of the first to know how the proposed Flight Over People rules being worked on now by the ASTM F0.38 committee may affect you when it comes to parachute safety. We will cover the research of the FAA’s ASSURE study that motivated the move to eventually mandate parachutes for flight over people. In detail, you will learn what the certification process will be, like weight + impact energy requirements and mandatory airworthiness testing. We will breakdown the necessary components for creating a PRS for each type of UAS. Also what is needed to both trigger the PRS and terminate flight. This session will also provide insight into why this will not be possible with certain types of consumer drones and the barriers that have kept manufactures from wanting to implement parachute recovery in the first place. We will cover the ways in which having a parachute recovery system or PRS can benefit your business. This will include factors like business continuance, cost of failure, regulatory issues, and insurance. This topic will affect much of the drone industry soon. Don’t miss your chance to learn from the industry’s leading parachute expert.