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Waste 2-for-1 Special: PuttingTechnology to Work

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Course 1 - Drones: Revolutionizing Site Inspections

"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.

Learning Objectives 
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.

Course 2 - Using GIS to Analyze Landfill Gas Data

Although landfills routinely monitor their gas collection and control systems, many are still doing it manually. The result? Data loss, operational expense, and errors.

Join Aaron Weier to explore Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (e.g., key components, applications, and workflows), and the best practices to implement GIS at your landfill to better analyze AND manage your landfill gas data.

In this webcast we'll start with a review of GIS, including: key components, applications, and workflows. We'll then take a look at landfill gas data collection and analysis, the different data sets and patterns (e.g., spatial, etc.), the different techniques, and the value and purpose of each. Building on this, Weier will walk us through the best practices in implementing and integrating a GIS system, the expected benefits (e.g., data quality, efficiency, etc.), and how you can integrate a GIS to better manage and analyze your landfill gas data.  

Learning Objectives 
Attendees can expect the discussion and education of the following learning objectives.

  • Learn the key components, workflow, applications, and benefits of GIS and GCCS
  • Understand the value of data standards, data quality, spatial data, and patterns
  • Learn analytical techniques available with GIS and their purpose
  • Learn the best practices for implementing, integrating, and managing a GIS for landfill gas data
  • Learn how to use GIS to improve data quality, efficiency, and sharing capability


* 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.

On-Demand Webcasts
Session: 3 H 0 M
Lectures: 2
Credits: 2 PDH / 0.2 CEU

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