Oct 24-26, 2017 | Las Vegas

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.

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Product Preview Schedule

  Track I     Track II
1:00-1:15 U-UAV Tech Australia   1:00-1:15 Trimble
1:15-1:30 Topcon Positioning Systems, Inc.   1:15-1:30 Ventus Geospatial Inc.
1:30-1:45 DroneDeploy   1:30-1:45 C-Astral Aerospace
1:45-2:00 Dynamic UAV Soultions, LLC / GeoShack   1:45-2:00 Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
2:00-2:15 Flyability   2:00-2:15 Griff Aviation
2:15-2:30 Harris Corporation   2:15-2:30 PrecisionHawk
2:30-2:45 Leica Geosystems Inc.   2:30-2:45 Delair-Tech
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
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 Aerialtronics   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, Incorporated   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

A Must Attend Event! AirGon presents a comprehensive colloquium on the topic of high accuracy mapping with DJI Phantom and Inspire Drones using the new AirGon Sensor Package. A registration...

Pix4D User Workshop

Kickstart your workflow by learning about Pix4D’s recommended best practices when capturing and processing your imagery. This is a technical workshop for professionals using drones in their practice. The workshop...

ASPRS UAS Technical Symposium

The American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) will be hosting a pre-conference UAS technical symposium. During this full-day symposium 8 topics will be presented by ASPRS members and...

ASPRS

5:00-6:00 happy hour – exhibit hall

Day 1
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Welcome Happy Hour

Wednesday October, 25

8:00 – 9:00 Networking breakfast – Exhibit hall

opening & Keynotes 

Get informed and inspired by industry leaders in the opening session that will kick off Commercial UAV Expo’s 2017 conference program.

Keynotes will be announced soon!

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

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

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

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 Dave Henderson, XXX at Topcon. Dave....
Mark Johnson

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: Mark Johnson - Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer for...

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

How to Actively Insure and Manage Unmanned Risk for Long Term Success

This presentation aims to be a follow up to the article published by Commercial UAV News: http://www.expouav.com/news/latest/assessing-risk-establishing-insurance-needs-drone-operators/ The aim of the presentation is to educate the audience on the tools...
Chris Proudlove
Joshua Olds
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: Chris Proudlove - SVP, Northeast Regional...
Eric Gakstatter
Christopher Kahn

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 Gene Robinson, Founder and President of RPFlight Systems, Inc.
Gene Robinson

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: Gene Robinson - President, RPFlight Systems, Inc. Speakers: Rahul Singh -...

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

BVLOS & Pathfinder Update Presentation by Thomas Haun

Thomas Haun, Executive Vice President of PrecisionHawk will present in the BVLOS & Pathfinder Update session. Presentation details to come. Check back soon!
Thomas Haun

BVLOS & Pathfinder Update Presentation by David Vigilante

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

BVLOS UAS Operations – Finally Possible in the U.S.

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...
Nicholas Flom

BVLOS Research Findings & Pathfinder 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

Panel Discussion with Presenters – BVLOS & Pathfinder Update

There will be a 20 minute panel discussion with the speakers of the BVLOS & Pathfinder session including: Session Chair: Marke "Hoot" Gibson - FAA Senior Advisor, UAS Integration Speakers:...

4:30 – 6:00 Poolside connect & happy hour

Day 1
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Thursday October, 26

 8:00 – 9:00 Networking breakfast – exhibit hall

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...
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...
Emmanuel de Maistre

emerging applications

Fascinating new applications of UAVs for commercial purposes from real estate and insurance and beyond. Addresses specific opportunities and challenges.

Check back for updates and presentation details

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

Precision AGRICULTURE

Day 1
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Session Chair 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

Precision Agriculture Presentation by Robert Blair of Blair Three Canyon Farms

Presentation details to come. Check back soon!
Robert Blair

Precision Agriculture Presentation by Young Kim of Digital Harvest

Presentation details to come. Check back soon!
Young Kim

Precision Agriculture Presentation by Jeff Lorton of Duke Joseph Agency

Presentation details to come. Check back soon!
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.
Kevin Gould

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

Process, Power, Utilities Presentation by Christopher Kahn and Eric Gakstatter

Christopher Kahn of New Jersey American Water and Eric Gakstatter of GPS World Magazine will present in the Process, Power, Utilities session. Check back soon for presentation details.
Eric Gakstatter
Christopher Kahn

The Evolution of a Arial 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...
Dyan Gibbens

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 – PK of NASA

The session chair for the UTM - Supporting Technologies plenary will be Parimal Kopardekar, PhD the Senior Technologist for Air Transportation System at NASA and Principal Investigator of Unmanned Aerial...
Parimal Kopardekar (PK)

Presentation by Greg Belaus of AT&T

Greg Belaus, Lead Business Development – UAS at AT&T IoT Solutions will present. Check back soon for presentation updates.
Greg Belaus

Presentation by Sean Murphy of T-Mobile

Sean Murphy of T-Mobile will present. Check back for updated presentation details.
Sean Murphy

Presentation by Jonathan Evans of Skyward, Verizon

Jonathan Evans, Co-President of Skyward will present. Check back soon for presentation details.
Jonathan Evans

Presentation by Ben Marcus of AirMap

Ben Marcus, CEO of AirMap will present. Check back soon for presentation details.
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

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: Parimal Kopardekar (PK) - Senior Technologist, Air Transportation System, NASA Speakers: Greg...

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

Securing Infrastructure

Marke "Hoot" Gibson will present on Securing Infrastructure in this session. check back soon for presentation updates.
Marke “Hoot” Gibson

Regulatory & Government Vision for Future – Presentation by Greg Walden

Greg Walden of McGuireWoods Consulting LLC will present in this Regulatory & Government Vision for Future session. Check back soon for updated presentation details.
Gregory Walden

Regulatory & Government Vision for Future – Presentation by Thomas Wilczek

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

Panel Discussion with Presenters – Regulatory & Government

There will be a 30 minute panel discussion with the speakers of the Panel Discussion with Presenters - Regulatory & Government Vision for Future session including: Session Chair: Greg McNeal...

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 airspcace

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...
David McKittrick
Andres Vargas

construction

Day 1
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Construction Presentation by Richard Lopez

Abstract coming soon.
Richard Lopez

Construction Presentation by Oliver Smith

Abstract coming soon.
Oliver Smith

Construction Presentation by Zac Penix

Abstract coming soon.
Zac Penix

Panel Discussion with Presenters – Construction

There will be a 30 minute panel discussion with the speakers of the Construction session including: Richard Lopez - VDCO Manager, Hensel Phelps Oliver Smith - VDC Director, Skanska USA...

***Schedule and presenters subject to change.

The Commercial UAV Event for:


Surveying & Mapping


Civil Infrastructure


Mining & Aggregates


Construction


Process, Power & Utilities


Law Enforcement, Emergency Response & Search and Rescue


Precision Agriculture

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