March 8-9 2023  |  Jacob K Javits Convention Center, New York

Expanded Operations

Oct 30 2019

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM EDT

Pavilion 1-3

Speakers

BNSF Railway

- Director, UAS Program

North Carolina Department of Transportation

- UAS Program Manager

Federal Aviation Administration

- Executive Director, UAS Integration Office

CNN Worldwide

- Senior Director, CNN Aerial Imagery & Reporting

State Farm Insurance

- Technology Analyst

Executive Office of the President

- Strategic Policy Fellow, Office of Science and Technology Policy

Topics

Brief presentations from session presenters

Many utilities are finding cost savings by making use of UAVs for transmission or distribution lines periodic inspections. Drones have also been used to detecting issues before they turn into problems for wind turbines inspection work, and helps to keep inspection crews on the ground. Being able to utilize software and algorithms that will be able to identify broken insulators or strands that are frayed opens up an entirely new value proposition, and the current and future capabilities of the technology will be explored in this session.

Many utilities are finding cost savings by making use of UAVs for transmission or distribution lines periodic inspections. Drones have also been used to detecting issues before they turn into problems for wind turbines inspection work, and helps to keep inspection crews on the ground. Being able to utilize software and algorithms that will be able to identify broken insulators or strands that are frayed opens up an entirely new value proposition, and the current and future capabilities of the technology will be explored in this session.

Expanded Operations Panel Discussion

Making drone flight operations highly accessible and practical for large organizations is an essential element for the adoption of the technology, and it’s why increased adoption rates of BVLOS and other expanded operations are so crucial. Organizations that will be or already are building a complete drone program that nests within existing enterprise policies and procedures need to understand what kind of advantages expanded operations represent and what it will mean to unlock them. This session will explore what it means to leverage aviation expertise to collect actionable data that is otherwise difficult, dangerous or costly to gather.

Making drone flight operations highly accessible and practical for large organizations is an essential element for the adoption of the technology, and it’s why increased adoption rates of BVLOS and other expanded operations are so crucial. Organizations that will be or already are building a complete drone program that nests within existing enterprise policies and procedures need to understand what kind of advantages expanded operations represent and what it will mean to unlock them. This session will explore what it means to leverage aviation expertise to collect actionable data that is otherwise difficult, dangerous or costly to gather.

Todd Graetz

BNSF Railway

- Director, UAS Program

Basil Yap

North Carolina Department of Transportation

- UAS Program Manager

Jay Merkle

Federal Aviation Administration

- Executive Director, UAS Integration Office

Greg Agvent

CNN Worldwide

- Senior Director, CNN Aerial Imagery & Reporting

Matt Edwards

State Farm Insurance

- Technology Analyst

Herbert Williams

Executive Office of the President

- Strategic Policy Fellow, Office of Science and Technology Policy

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