Now established as a critical military technology, unmanned aircraft have emerged as a useful technology for commercial applications. Rapid advancements in “drone” technology have made this tool easily accessible for commercial use, particularly in the environmental and energy sectors. This EBC program will provide a review of the Federal Aviation Administration regulatory status and an introductory look at ways this technology can be implemented in the environmental and energy industry.
The possible applications for unmanned aircraft/”drones” are limitless. Some examples:
- Water resource mapping
- Environmental Incident response
- Erosion control monitoring
- Solid waste management
- Landfill monitoring
- Air quality monitoring
- Pipeline infrastructure monitoring
- Photogrammetry and 3D modeling
- Geologic resource evaluation, including cut/fill volume estimation
- Land use monitoring
- Thermography and building envelope evaluation
- Agrochemical fate and transport
General Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (3.5 training contact hours). Please select this option during registration if you wish to receive a certificate.
- James Gaynor, GIS Manager, Terracon
- Jason Wise, GIS Technical Lead, Terracon
- Chris Poreda, Former FAA Regional Counsel, New England Region
- Frank Serna, President, New England Chapter, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and Board Member, Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR)
- William Wise, Senior Counsel, Holland and Knight, LLP
- Carl Tyburski, Supervisor UAS Program, Eversource Energy
- Alfred Gates, Professor, Central Connecticut State University
To view a video discussing Eversource Energy’s use of drones in their line work click here.
The available presentations from the EBC CT Chapter Innovative Technology Program: Increasing Use of Drones in the Environmental and Energy Industry, completed on November 3, 2015, can be viewed below. Presentations are not available for download.