Oct 1-3, 2018 | The Westgate | Las Vegas
Incorporating Drone World Expo

2017 Conference Program

Tuesday October, 24

Product previews (conference pass required)

Product Previews

Learn about the newest supplier advances and best practices for specifying, planning and executing projects in Product Previews presented by exhibiting companies.

Click the “+” button below to view the full schedule of companies and presentation times.

Product Preview Schedule

  Track I     Track II
  Pavilion 1-3     Pavilion 9-11
1:00-1:15 U-Drone Robotics Australia   1:00-1:15 Trimble
1:15-1:30 Topcon Positioning Systems, Inc.   1:15-1:30 Ventus Geospatial
1:30-1:45 DroneDeploy   1:30-1:45 C-Astral Aerospace
1:45-2:00 Dynamic UAV Solutions   1:45-2:00 Parrot 
2:00-2:15 Flyability   2:00-2:15 Unmanned Aerial Specialists
2:15-2:30 Harris Corporation   2:15-2:30 PrecisionHawk
2:30-2:45 Leica Geosystems Inc.   2:30-2:45 Delair
2:45-3:00 Microdrones   2:45-3:00 Optelos
3:00-3:15 Phase One Industrial   3:00-3:15 Lockheed Martin Canada CDL Systems
3:15-3:30 Pix4D   3:15-3:30 Ambar Group/Agrowing/Walkera
3:30-3:45 YellowScan   3:30-3:45 Ontario Power Generation
3:45-4:00 RIEGL USA Inc.   3:45-4:00 Hazon Solutions
4:00-4:15 ALX Systems   4:00-4:15 LiDAR USA / DJI Enterprise
4:15-4:30 Aeryon Labs Inc.   4:15-4:30 Cepton Technology
4:30-4:45 Bentley Systems   4:30-4:45 Phoenix LiDAR Systems
4:45-5:00 Viper Drones   4:45-5:00 Pulse Aerospace

workshops & symposia (registration required)

Day 1
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Technical Seminar: High Accuracy Mapping with DJI Phantom & Inspire (SOLD OUT)

(Registration for this workshop is now sold out) A Must Attend Event! AirGon presents a comprehensive colloquium on the topic of high accuracy mapping with DJI Phantom and Inspire Drones...

Flyability Training: Get Started with Indoor Drone Inspection (Mon – Fri)

Get started with indoor drone inspection and learn how to fly the Flyability Elios. During this one day training, you will learn all you need to apprehend the very own...

Pix4D User Workshop (SOLD OUT)

(Registration for this workshop is now sold out) Kickstart your workflow by learning about Pix4D’s recommended best practices when capturing and processing your imagery. This is a technical workshop for...

ASPRS UAS Technical Symposium & New UAS Mapping Certification (SOLD OUT)

(This Symposium is now full. To be added to a waiting list, please contact uassymposium@asprs.org directly) The American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) will be hosting a pre-conference...

Working the Field from 400 Feet: Essential Tools for Success in Agriculture (SOLD OUT)

As more and more drone pilots become legal to fly with a Part 107 license, imagery collected from agricultural drone sensors will become a standard tool for crop management. Join...


happy hour – exhibit hall

Day 1
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Hunka Hunka Happy Hour

Wednesday October, 25


Networking Breakfast Sponsored by GPS Networking Inc.

Network with industry professionals over a continental breakfast buffet on the exhibit floor.

opening & Keynotes

Day 1
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Welcome & Introduction

Jeremiah Karpowicz, Commercial UAV News Executive Editor, will welcome the crowd to the 2018 Commercial UAV Expo and introduce our opening keynotes.
Jeremiah Karpowicz

Welcome Address

Lisa Murray, Director, will welcome the crowd to the 2018 Commercial UAV Expo.
Lisa Murray

How Enterprise Adoption is Reshaping the Commercial Drone Industry

Mike Winn will address: 2017 has been an important year for commercial drone adoption. Drones have proven to be a valuable asset in the commercial space. They are increasing productivity,...
Mike Winn
Hunter Cole
Grant Hagen

2017 Commercial Drone Market Overview and Update

Mike Blades will address: Commercial UAV Market: Drivers for Industry Growth & Opportunities Commercial drones must function in an ecosystem where a fleet of platforms use advanced software/algorithms, AI, computing...
Mike Blades
Colin Snow

Data Overload: How to Harness Data and Unlock Business Value

UAVs are positioned to address real-world business challenges from start to finish. Raw footage acquired from a UAV is not useful without advanced data analytics and reporting. Commercial UAV operators...
Anil Nanduri

Using Your Brain to Control a Swarm of Drones

The swarming paradigm, deriving inspiration from the behavior of natural swarms such as bird flocks and fish schools, offers myriad advantages to a team of drones. Recent advances in computing,...
Panagiotis (Panos) Artemiadis

10:30-11:00 Networking break – Exhibit HAll

Civil infrastructure – rail, bridges, tunnels, roads

Day 1
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Session Chair of Civil Infrastructure

The session chair for the Civil Infrastructure session will be Dave Henderson, Director of Sales at Topcon Positioning Systems
Dave Henderson

Critical Infrastructure Inspection – Best Practices and Lessons Learned

Todd Graetz, Director of Technology Services and the UAS program at BNSF will provide an overview of critical infrastructure inspection including best practices and lessons learned.
Todd Graetz

UAS Use for State Transportation Agencies

The purpose of this presentation is to identify the benefits UAS can have for use within transportation agencies. To name a few, mapping using this technology can create detailed surveys...
Paul Wheeler

Automation: Microbot Infrastructure Inspection

The Microbot Infrastructure Inspection Project is a work unit within the Navigation Systems Research Program at Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The goal...
Joseph Harwood

Panel Discussion with Presenters – Civil Infrastructure

There will be a 30 minute panel discussion with the speakers of the Civil Infrastructure session including: Session Chair: Dave Henderson - Director of Sales, Geospatial Solutions at Topcon Positioning...

law enforcement & security

Day 1
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Session Chair for Law Enforcement & Security

The session chair for the Civil Infrastructure session will be Douglas Spotted Eagle, Managing Director for Sundance Media Group, Inc.
Douglas Spotted Eagle

UAV Use in Motor Vehicle Crash Case Study

The Nevada Highway Patrol has been a pioneer in the use of UAV to investigate motor vehicle crashes. A case study will be presented showing the capabilities of UAV’s to...
Daniel Marek

UAVs and Twenty-First Century Policing

The Mobile Police Department, Technology-based Aviation Program (T.A.P.) currently utilizes six different UAV/sUAS Airframes to safely and successfully accomplish a multitude of law enforcement and first responder functions. MPD-TAP in...
Kevin Levy

Robotic Aerial Security – Utilizing UAVs for Physical Security

The presentation will cover the major changes that UAVs (and robotics as a whole) are bringing to the physical security industry. We will be going over the unmet needs currently...
Jack Wu

Panel Discussion with Presenters – Law Enforcement & Security

There will be a 30 minute panel discussion with the speakers of the Law Enforcement & Security session including: Session Chair: Douglas Spotted Eagle - Managing Director, Sundance Media Group...
Joe Talley

12:30-2:00 Lunch (available for purchase) – Exhibit HAll

considerations for your enterprise UAV program – are you protected?

Day 1
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Session Chair of Considerations for your Enterprise…

The session chair for the Considerations for your Enterprise session will be Jeremiah Karpowicz, Executive Editor for Commercial UAV News.
Jeremiah Karpowicz

Establishing An Ecosystem for UAS Safety

Safety within an organization begins with the remote pilot and requires a supporting ecosystem to ensure standardized, professional, and risk averse UAS operations. Organizations are looking to expand use of...
Calvin Rieb

Realities & Hurdles

William Lovett of Phoenix Air Unmanned will expand on the realities and hurdles that large enterprise UAV programs are often faced with.
William Lovett

Free Your Fleet: Flying Safely and Mitigating Risks

The panel will address the risks inherent in drone use in the energy, utility and construction industries. Topics to be addresses include: current state and federal regulation of drone use,...
Rachel Constantino-Wallace

Panel Discussion with Presenters – Considerations for your Enterprise…

There will be a 30 minute panel discussion with the speakers of the Considerations for your Enterprise UAV Program session including: Session Chair: Speakers: Calvin Rieb - Director of Safety,...
Christopher Kahn
Eric Gakstatter

public safety – firefighting & Search and rescue

Day 1
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Session Chair for Public Safety

The session chair for the Public Safety session will be Robert "Bob" Gann, Deputy Director at DFPC Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting.
Robert Gann

Using UAVs to Save Lives in Disasters

When disaster strikes, communities are left in a state of utter chaos. Survivors need assistance to stay alive. There are countless barriers for rescuers reaching people in need, such as...
Rahul Singh

Help Is on the Way! Untethered Support for Standing Up Your UAS Program

Ever feel like the UAS industry has too many options to choose from? The Colorado Center of Excellence is here to assist you in understanding which platform, sensor, software, and...
Garrett Seddon

Panel Discussion with Presenters – Public Safety

There will be a 30 minute panel discussion with the speakers of the Public Safety session including: Session Chair: Robert "Bob" Gann, PhD - Deputy Director, DFPC Center of Excellence...
Gene Robinson
Joe Talley

3:00-3:30 Networking break – Exhibit HAll

Outdoor flying demonstration

Day 1
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

plenary – Bvlos & PATHFINDER UPDATE

Day 1
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Session Chair of BVLOS & Pathfinder Update

The session chair for the BVLOS & Pathfinder Update plenary will be Marke "Hoot" Gibson, Senior Advisor, UAS Integration for the FAA. Marke Gibson Senior Advisor on Unmanned Aircraft Systems...
Marke “Hoot” Gibson

Update from BNSF

As The FAA’s chosen research partner for BVLOS research, BNSF continues to assist with the various elements of research that will support The FAA in ultimate rulemaking for BVLOS in...
Todd Graetz

Update from CNN

Greg Agvent will present in the BVLOS & Pathfinder Update session. Presentation details to come. Check back soon!
Greg Agvent

Update from PrecisionHawk

Allison Ferguson, Director of Airspace Research at PrecisionHawk will provide an update for the BVLOS & Pathfinder Update session.
Allison Ferguson, PhD

Update from Northern Plains UAS Test Site

North Dakota’s Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site was granted a Certificate of Authorization (COA) by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) enabling a phased approach to Beyond Visual...
Thomas Swoyer
Nicholas Flom

Panel Discussion with Presenters – BVLOS & Pathfinder Update

There will be a 30 minute panel discussion with the speakers of the BVLOS & Pathfinder session including: Session Chair: Marke "Hoot" Gibson - FAA Senior Advisor, UAS Integration Speakers:...

Poolside connect & happy hour

Day 1
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Poolside Connect & Happy Hour

Thursday October, 26


Networking Breakfast Sponsored by Topcon Positioning Systems, Inc.

Network with industry professionals over a continental breakfast buffet on the exhibit floor.


suas in public safety workshop

Day 1
Thursday, October 26, 2017

sUAS in Public Safety Workshop

In this workshop, industry experts will present on and discuss the use of sUAS in public safety. Speakers will include: Ben Miller - UAS Technical and Outreach Specialist, Colorado DFPC...
Garrett Seddon

Public Safety UAS overview

As one of the very first adopters of public safety UAS, Ben has been educating public safety UAS users for a decade and will share the current status of UAS...
Ben Miller

Drone Laws and Public Safety Users

While commercial UAS users have been successfully implementing FAA regulations in their daily operations, many public safety users remain confused. This presentation will briefly review how we got to where...
Adam Trojanowski

Air-Land-Water – AFD Red Team

Public safety departments are quickly recognizing the value of drone technology and it's safe to say that one day it will be an integral component of emergency response worldwide. In...
Preston Culver

UAS Operations at the CoE

The Center of Excellence has been tasked by the Colorado Legislature to "conduct a study concerning the integration of unmanned aircraft system withing state and local government operations that related...
Robert Gann

mining & aggregates

Day 1
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Session Chair of Mining & Aggregates

The session chair for the Mining & Aggregate session will be Iain Allen, Program Director, Innovation at Barrick Gold.
Iain Allen

Mining & Aggregates Presentation by Ben McKnight

Please check back for presentation details.
Ben McKnight

Building an Enterprise Scale UAV Program at Rio Tinto Kennecott Utah Copper

How do you introduce UAV technology into a large-scale business? This presentation will cover the “how to steps” taken to build a large-scale UAV program and share the broad range...
Mathew Key
Andrew Carey

Panel Discussion with Presenters – Mining & Aggregates

There will be a 15 minute panel discussion with the speakers of the Mining & Aggregates session including: Session Chair: Iain Allen - Program Director, Innovation, Barrick Gold Speakers: Ben...
Adam Yoxtheimer

INSURANCE applications

Day 1
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Session Chair of Insurance Applications

The session chair for the Insurance Applications session will be Nick Wayne, Director of Business Development of AirBus Aerial.
Nick Wayne

Update from Arch Aerial LLC

Ryan Baker, CEO and Founder of Arch Aerial LLC will provide an update in the insurance applications session. Check back for updated presentation details.
Ryan Baker

Update from AIG

Carson Lyons, Vice President, Global Product Line Manager - General Aviation at AIG Aerospace will provide an update in the emerging applications session. Check back for updated presentation details.
Carson Lyons

Panel Discussion with Presenters – Insurance Applications

There will be a panel discussion with the presenters of the Insurance Applications session including: Session Chair: Nick Wayne - Director Business Development, Airbus Aerial Speakers: Ryan Baker - CEO...

10:00-10:30 Networking break – Exhibit HAll


Day 1
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Session Chairs of Precision Agriculture

The session chair for the Precision Agriculture session will be Young Kim, CEO of Digital Harvest and Jeff Lorton, Creative Director at The Duke Joseph Agency.
Jeff Lorton
Young Kim

Is Agriculture Ready for Drones?

There has been lots of talk and publications that Agriculture can be a huge industry for drones. However, drones don’t seem to be “taking off” like everyone thinks they should....
Robert Blair

My Advice to UAV Centric Companies Looking to Enter the Ag Market

My advice to UAV centric companies looking to enter the Ag market - 'Go elsewhere, then come back' Among several commercial markets for UAV's, agriculture is one of the most...
Young Kim

Unmanned Agriculture in the Era of IOT

Jeff Lorton of The Duke Joseph Agency will give an update on unmanned agriculture in the era of IOT.
Jeff Lorton

UAVs for Viticulture: Lessons Learned

This brief will outline lessons we’ve learned in the drone-based vineyard analytical map market via graphics, stories and practical advice. The points made will be transferrable to other crop markets.
Taylor McAuslan

Panel Discussion with Presenters – Precision Agriculture

There will be a 45 minute panel discussion with the speaker of the Precision Agriculture session including: Session Chairs: Young Kim - CEO, Digital Harvest Jeff Lorton - Creative Director,...

process, power, utilities – dams, water/wastewater, pipes, cell towers

Day 1
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Session Chair of Process, Power & Utilities

The session chairs for the Process, Power & Utilities session will be Hector Ubinas and Dave Truch. Hector Ubinas, the Unmanned Aerial Systems Program Lead and Aviation Safety Advisor at...
Dave Truch
Hector Ubinas

Glen Canyon Dam Unified Intelligent Model

The US Bureau of Reclamation develops, manages and protects western water resources for the nation. Built in an age of slide rules and drafting, Reclamation’s 492 dams and 53 powerplants...
David Winslow
Pete Kelsey

Update from New Jersey American Water

In 2016, American Water funded a Proof of Concept project to understand the value of UAVs for various applications within its operations. We tested different types of rotorcraft and fixed-wing...
Christopher Kahn
Eric Gakstatter

The Evolution of an Aerial Inspection Program

This presentation brings to life the evolution of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) inspection program. A series of case studies have been performed, from the initial proof of concept, testing...
Tim Trebilcock

UAS Programs Improve Safety and Effectiveness for Offshore Asset Inspection and Surveying

Oil and gas companies are using unmanned aircraft system (UAS) technology to improve safety and efficiency in a growing range of applications, from infrastructure and maintenance inspection to security, emergency...
Todd Chase

Panel Discussion with Presenters – Process, Power, Utilities

There will be a 20-30 minute panel discussion with the speaker of the Process, Power, Utilities session including: Session Chairs: Dave Truch - Technology Director, Digital Innovation Organization, BP Hector...
Nick McKee

12:00-1:30 Lunch (available for purchase) – Exhibit HAll

Plenary: UTM – Supporting Technologies

Day 1
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Session Chair of UTM: Supporting Technologies

The session chair for the UTM - Supporting Technologies plenary will be Joseph Rios, Chief Engineer for NASA’s UAS Traffic Management (UTM) project. Dr. Joseph Rios serves as the Chief...
Joseph Rios

Skyward, A Verizon company’s Role in UTM

Skyward, A Verizon Company, Jonathan Evans will briefly outline Skyward, A Verizon Company’s role in UTM supporting technologies, setting the framework for the in-depth discussion which will be led by...
Jonathan Evans

AirMap’s Role in UTM

Ben Marcus will briefly outline AirMap’s role in UTM supporting technologies, setting the framework for the in-depth discussion which will be led by PK of NASA.
Ben Marcus

UTM – A European perspective

Unifly is the leading provider of UAS Traffic Management (UTM) software in Europe. Not only are we active in research projects, the Unifly UTM platform is a deployed product that...
Marc Kegelaers

FAA’s Role in UTM

Hoot Gibson will briefly outline the FAA's role in UTM supporting technologies, setting the framework for the in-depth discussion which will be led by PK of NASA.
Marke “Hoot” Gibson

Panel Discussion with Presenters – UTM Supporting Technologies

There will be a panel discussion with the presenters of the UTM Supporting Technologies session including: Session Chair: Joseph Rios - Chief Engineer for UAS Traffic Management (UTM) project, NASA...

Plenary: regulatory & Government vision for future

Day 1
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Session Chair for Regulatory & Government Vision for Future

The session chair for the Regulatory & Government Vision for Future plenary will be Gregory McNeal, Co-Founder of AirMap. Gregory S. McNeal, JD/PhD, is a Professor of Law and Public...
Gregory McNeal

Presentation by United States Dept. of Transportation

Abstract to come. Check back soon for more updates!
Finch Fulton

Presentation by Small UAV Coalition

The legal and regulatory framework for commercial drones is still very much a work in progress. At the Federal level, FAA rulemaking remains on hold, but FAA and industry have...
Gregory Walden

Presentation by Nevada Institute For Autonomous Systems (NIAS)

Tom Wilczek, Executive Director of the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS), will present in this Regulatory & Government Vision for Future session.
Thomas Wilczek

Panel Discussion with Presenters – Regulatory & Government

There will be a 30 minute panel discussion with the speakers of the Regulatory & Government Vision for Future session including: Session Chair: Greg McNeal - Co-Founder, AirMap Speakers: Finch...

3:30-4:00 networking break – Exhibit HAll

surveying & mapping

Day 1
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Session Chair for Surveying & Mapping

The session chair for the Surveying & Mapping session will be Lewis Graham, President and CTO of GeoCue Group. Lewis is the President and Chief Technical Officer of GeoCue Corporation,...
Lewis Graham

sUAV Topographic Mapping – Are You in Control?

sUAS are gaining momentum for use in aerial data acquisition for topographic mapping. If you are using sUAS as a tool to assist your team with generating topographic mapping, developing...
Richard Celender

Precision Airport Mapping with Fixed-Wing sUAS in Restricted Airspace

Our focus case study project will cover planning, execution, control needs, accuracy of results as reported to ASPRS accuracy standards for an airport obstruction aerial survey project at the Des...
Benjamin Sullivan

Surveying & Mapping Presentation by Chad Netto

Chad Netto, Chief Operating Officer, UAS at Chustz Surveying Inc will present in the Surveying & Mapping session. Presentation details coming soon. Check back for more details and updates.
Chad Netto

Panel Discussion with Presenters – Surveying & Mapping

There will be a 30 minute panel discussion with the speakers of the Surveying & Mapping session including: Session Chair: Lewis Graham - President & CTO, GeoCue Group Speakers: Richard...
Todd Domney
David McKittrick
My-Linh Truong


Day 1
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Session Chair of Construction

The session chair for Emerging Applications will be Zac Penix, Managing Director at Digital Strategies.
Zac Penix

From the Ground Up: Next Steps for UAV Program at Hensel Phelps

Richard will share lessons learned across the board: from flight planning, selecting airframe and software, legal and risk assessment and approvals, maintaining equipment, and – importantly – delivering and leveraging...
Richard Lopez

Scaling Up UAS Program at Skanska

This presentation will focus on the development and standardization of UAS procedures regarding applications, flight operations, safety, and operational excellence through various case examples. We will take a further look...
Oliver Smith

Efficiency of Trust – using UAV’s to accelerate renewable energy construction

The speed and scale of constructing a solar or wind based energy site is relatively fast compared to other electric generation plants, however, this comes with a unique set of...
Nick McKee

Panel Discussion with Presenters – Construction

There will be a 30 minute panel discussion with the speakers of the Construction session including: Session Chair: Zac Penix - Emerging Technologies Consultant. Speakers: Richard Lopez - VDCO Manager,...
Jesse Stepler

***Schedule and presenters subject to change.

The Commercial UAV Event for:

Surveying & Mapping

Civil Infrastructure

Mining & Aggregates


Process, Power & Utilities

Law Enforcement, Emergency Response & Search and Rescue

Precision Agriculture


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