UFO or UAV? The Welcome Invasion of Drones in the Public Works World
Thursday, May 18, 2017
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This program is sponsored by the APWA Emergency Management Committee
Just a few short years ago the sight of a multi-rotor, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle with flashing colored lights may have invoked a reaction similar to spotting a flying saucer. Now there are an estimated 600,000 Small UAVs—or drones as they are commonly called—registered with the Federal Aviation Administration.
What does the future hold for use of these new and emerging tools in our Public Works realm? This session will explore current and future utilization of both fixed-wing UAVs and rotor-wing multi-motor copters for construction monitoring, site inspections, traffic & congestion monitoring, bridge inspection, project progression, aerial surveying and many other missions—many of which have not even been conceived of yet.
Flight regulations and requirements, types of aerial platforms and best applications, and specific examples of UAV uses in public works will be discussed and shared.
After attending this program, participants will be better able to:
- Identify technical jargon and aircraft types, along with federal airspace limitations and considerations.
- Discuss uses and examples of projects and known UAV missions in the application of surveying, engineering, emergency & disaster response/recovery, construction and utility inspections to stimulate agency opportunities.
- Explain visions of future and imagined new UAV solutions, autonomous innovations & operations, and industry challenges will be considered.
This program has been approved for .2 CEUs or 2 PDHs. Please note there is a $7 fee per non-member individual requesting CEUs (there is no fee for members).
||Michael E. Sutherland, AAE, TLO
Municipal Services Manager
HR Green, Inc.
Mike Sutherland serves as Municipal Services Manager for HR Green, Inc., an engineering and consulting firm, and until October 2016 served as Director of Public Works and Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at the Town of Parker, Colorado for twelve years. He has served on the APWA Emergency Management Technical Committee since 2011.
Mike is a licensed Private Pilot and recently completed the course to become a Remote Pilot under the newly developed FAA Part 107 Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems regulation.
||Seth Swaim, GISP, PLS
Cary, North Carolina
Seth is Vice-President of GIS Services for WithersRavenel, a Civil Engineering/Surveying/Planning firm based in Cary, North Carolina. With over 17 years of experience in GIS and related technology based services, he has a broad knowledge and appreciation for GIS/GPS/UAS Survey solutions. Seth's expertise revolves around applying these technologies to assist local government clients in building solutions to challenges directly related to how they work. He has a long history of partnering with Public Works departments from mapping utility systems to training staff on maintenance of data.