"Drones" or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are quickly emerging as the next wave of technology for site inspections, offering environmental, infrastructure, waste, and construction professionals the ability to acquire high resolution aerial imagery, spatial data, and sensing data thoroughly AND cost-effectively… essentially giving you a bird's eye view into your site's layout and behavior. Whether you're managing watersheds, landfills, or construction sites, UAVs are on the horizon. So, what UAV technology and applications are available today? And what regulations and challenges aren't far behind?
Join Michael Perez to explore the growing use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs/Drones) in site inspections; the current regulations and opportunities for commercial applications; the implementation best practices (e.g., flight path planning and programming, photogrammetric site visualization, elevation modeling, progress documentation and assessment, etc.); and how you can implement UAVs at your sites as a thorough, cost-effective site inspection tool.
In this webcast, we'll start by discussing the growing use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in environmental, infrastructure, construction, and agriculture site inspections, and what opportunities these offer your sites. Within this discussion, Perez will outline the different types of UAVs available and their current applications (e.g., progression documentation, photogrammetric site visualization, highly detailed digital elevation models, site assessment, etc.). Building on this foundation, we'll take a look at Auburn University's ongoing research, case studies, and aerial video footage focusing UAV applications in erosion and sediment control on construction sites, and the resulting applicable best practices. Within this discussion we'll dive into the best practices for implementing UAVs at your site, including: UAV selection, pre-programmed flight patterns planning, inspection, image and data acquisition and analysis, and digital elevation modeling. Perez will outline how you can use photogrammetric techniques to analyze your collected aerial data through the creation of digital elevation models. We'll also take a look at how remote sensing can help you bridge the gap in scale and resolution between ground observations and acquired imagery from conventional manned aircrafts and satellite sensors. And Perez will demonstrate how UAVs offer you a cost-effective method to adapt image characteristics to the size of the observed objects, to the monitored processes, and to the speed of change within a landscape. Finally, we'll review the current and pending regulations for UAV commercial use, what this means to you, and how you can implement UAVs and stay compliant.
At the end of this webinar, you'll walk away with an understanding of the opportunities and applications for UAVs for variety of environmental, infrastructure, agriculture, and construction sites, as well as an action plan to get UAVs flying at your site.
Attendees can expect the discussion and education of the following learning objectives:
- Learn how UAVs are assisting various inspection, mapping, maintenance, and monitoring applications.
- Understand how you can apply UAVs to your site to thoroughly and cost-effectively capture, assess, and model site data.
- Get a bird's eye view of aerial video footage taken onsite and how you can apply this to your site.
- Learn about preliminary findings in UAV erosion and sediment control inspections and field assessments from Auburn University's ongoing research.
- Understand the current regulations on the use of UAVs for commercial applications.
* Presentations are scheduled for approximately one hour with a 15-20 minute question and answer session to follow. Presentation may exceed scheduled time.
* Each state and certification agency has different requirements; it is your responsibility to know what they are. Note that 1 PDH = 0.1 CEU.