8-10 April 2019 | RAI Amsterdam | Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Conference Information

Commercial UAV Expo Europe 2019 | Make sure you don’t miss a moment of the action!   Click here to save the date on your calendar »


13:00 - 17:00 | Product Preview Presentations

A complete list of particicpating companies and presentation times coming soon.

17:00 - 18:00 | Pre-conference Workshop: How to Integrate Drones into Your Business Practices

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09:00 - 10:30 | Opening Keynote: Global Industry Update and European Market Outlook for 2019 and Beyond

Keynote presenters include:

  • Michal Mazur, PwC (Poland)
  • Koen de Vos, European Commission
  • Lorenzo Murzilli, Federal Office of Aviation (Switzerland)
  • Philip Butterworth-Hayes, Unmanned Airspace (UK)
  • Andreas Lamprecht, AirMap (Germany)
  • Marc Kegelaers, Unifly (Belgium)

This keynote session will address the following topics and questions:

  • How laws and regulations are shaping the development of the drone industry around the world
  • Political goals for the safe integration of UAS into the airspace
  • EU-wide framework for drones as part of its wider Aviation Strategy
  • The evolution of air traffic management (ATM) and U-Space toward the integration of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS).
  • Creating commercial drone laws to allow for more widespread use in the next couple years
  • Moving to a better and all-encompassing regulatory framework for UAVs
  • What will the impact be on your business?

11:00 - 12:00 | Smart Cities & Urban Air Mobility

Session presenters include:

  • Christoph Raab, Drone Alliance Europe (Germany)
  • Ralph Schepp, Deutsche Telecom (Germany)
  • Vassilis Agouridas, Airbus (France)

This session will address the following topics:

  • High-performance urban environments are enabling advances in safety, security, and quality of life. How drones are part of revolutionizing the nature of commerce and daily living
  • Infrastructure impacts: water, electricity, transportation, sanitation, law enforcement, connectivity, and digitization.
  • Deployment strategy and roadmap – real-world use cases from China, The Middle East, and America will be showcased

12:00 - 12:30 | Drone Hero Contest - Finalists Present: Part 1

Jury Chair Mark Vanlook (Chairman of EUKA and CEO of DronePort) presents the finalists for this contest, in which visionaries from across europe compete for support in developing their drone innovations and to win the title of Drone Hero Europe 2019

Click here to learn more about the Drone Hero Europe Contest and to see the 2018 winners!

14:00 - 15:00 | Safety, Security and Counter Drone Technology

Session presenters include:

  • Michael Thoss, ethoss group (Germany)
  • Knut Torbjørn Moe, UAS Norway (Norway)
  • Lisa Ellman, Commercial Drone Alliance (USA)
  • Cyril Mugglin, Swisscom (Switzerland)
  • Manu Lubrano, INVOLI (Switzerland)

This session will address the following topics:

  • How to handle the misuse of drones?
  • How to get a better sense of the threats in your airspace and what active or passive counter measures can you take
  • Protection of Drones against unlawful interference, protection of third parties and integration of geofencing technology

15:00 - 15:30 | Drone Hero Contest - Finalists Present: Part 2

Jury Chair Mark Vanlook (Chairman of EUKA and CEO of DronePort) presents the finalists for this contest, in which visionaries from across europe compete for support in developing their drone innovations and to win the title of Drone Hero Europe 2019

Click here to learn more about the Drone Hero Europe Contest and to see the 2018 winners!

16:00 - 17:00 | Disruptive UAV Technologies and Resulting Industry Opportunities

Session presenters include:

  • Paul Doherty, The Digit Group (USA)
  • Paul Brooks, Prismatic (UK)
  • Iñigo Ezquerra, Altran (Spain)

Concurrent advances in engineering and manufacturing technologies are pushing the pace of change and future drone capabilities and costs. This session provides you with an overview of next-gen UAS technologies including hardware and software trends. Session topics include

  • Sophisticated simulation models
  • Dispersed battery storage
  • 3D and 4D printing
  • Novel software tools
  • ICT technologies including Artificial Intelligence (AI), wireless 5G communication and the miniaturization of electronics
  • Solar augmented sUAS
  • Innovations related to hydrogen power and solar energy for extended flight times
  • Latest developments in high altitude long endurance tech (HALE)
  • Large-scale drone fleets

17:30 - 18:00 | Drone Hero Awards - Winners Announced

The winners of Drone Hero Europe 2019 will be announced in the Demo Theatre in the Exhibition Hall.

Click here to learn more about the Drone Hero Europe Contest and to see the 2018 winners!

17:00 - 19:00 | Networking Cocktail Reception on Exhibition Floor

The international drone ecosystem will be under one roof: qualified vertical industry end users, EU leaders guiding the safe integration of UAS into the airspace, solutions pioneers and more. Nowhere else will you meet so many peers and make such valuable connections that will drive your business forward. See who attended the 2018 event.

The program includes plenty of networking time in the exhibit hall during coffee and lunch breaks as well as evening events.


09:00 - 10:30 | Energy & Utilities

Session presenters include:

  • Kevin O’Donovan, Technology Evangelist (France)
  • Wolfram Hardt, Chemnitz University of Technology (Germany)
  • Representative from National Power Transmission Grid (NPTG) (Mongolia)
  • Representative from ENECO (Netherlands)

Across the Energy Industry, end users are realizing time savings, better use of resources and worker safety benefits making the use of drones is a ‘no-brainer’.

Many utilities are finding cost savings by making use of UAVs for transmission or distribution lines periodic inspections. On the gas side, pipeline lead detection is now being done via drones mounted with thermal imaging sensors.  In the oil industry, drones are replacing conventional inspection techniques which involved workers climbing rigs, pylons and cooling towers. As for renewable energy, drones are detecting specific solar panels that are malfunctioning far more quickly than field crew and UAVs eliminate much of the climbing associated with wind turbines inspection work. The time when drones are a facet of everyday operations for energy and utility companies is now!

Many energy companies are establishing their own drone operations in-house, as they look to use drones in the workplace just like any other technology available to them. The need to develop the required competence and skills internally is becoming a priority. Before investing in an in-house drone programme, a sound business case should be developed and the best technology for specific applications must be determined at a time when producers are constantly innovating, improving performance and adding new functions.

The volume of captured data is expanding at a rapid pace. Collecting, processing storing and securing this data is proving to be a challenge. Data security, privacy, and cybersecurity risks must be assessed and mitigated.

During this session, you will learn from first hand utility industry colleagues’ experiences:

  • How to deal with technology and operational challenges
  • In-house VS outsourcing; what competencies should be developed in-house and what makes sense to out source
  • How to make sense of large volumes of data and integrate them into current workflows
  • How to make use of UAVs in connection with AI, automation, and IoT resulting in increased efficiency
  • Learn best practices from experts on how to deal with huge volumes of data while maintaining data security policies in an integrated workflow
  • Learn how to address security concerns

09:00 - 10:30 | Law Enforcement, Forensics, Public Safety & SAR

Session presenters include:

  • Dave Wright, Scottish Mountain Rescue (UK)
  • Tom Nash, Scottish Mountain Rescue (UK)

UAVs have proven themselves very capable in search and rescue missions and turn out to be very cost effective in time and lives saved over ordinary search teams. By responding faster, operating more efficiently and keeping emergency workers safer, drones are becoming the technology of choice for public safety and emergency response.

Early adopters have realized that this technology can not only be used during an incident — such as a fire or search-and-rescue operation — but it can also be used to gather pre-incident data and post-incident forensics. Drones mitigate risk in situations involving hazardous materials or environments including man-made and natural disasters allowing increased safety of public safety personnel.  Drones are instantly deployable and can quickly capture data at accident scenes allowing faster clearing of roads and highways to traffic more quickly.  Increased ability to quickly process data reduces processing time over traditional methods for forensic applications and more. 

11:00 - 12:30 | Surveying & Mapping

Session presenters include:

  • Jean-François Rossignol, TFC International Ltd (Seychelles)
  • Thomas Gröninger, Strabag AG (Germany)
  • Jeroen Leusink, Het Waterschapshuis (Netherlands)
  • Ronan O’Toole, Geological Survey Ireland (Ireland)

In a market where innovation and staying up to date with technology is necessary for survival, it is crucial to network with your industry colleagues and business partners to get updated about the latest technologies. Join this session to stay tuned to the latest innovations in surveying and mapping drones.

The use of UAS in surveying and mapping is rapidly expanding as precision measurement professional learn about the efficiencies and cost savings possible with the use of drones. But drones are not always the best data capture solution.  Learn how and when drones should be your tool of choice and when to integrate UAS with other data capture technologies.   

Drones can vastly reduce the time spent on projects by collecting accurate survey data in a shorter timeframe. Drones can increase safety eliminating the need for humans to physically access hard-to-reach areas and dangerous terrain.  Drones have the potential to substantially increase ROI as a less expensive alternative to manned aerial survey.  Instant deployment and pre-flight programming can make for faster data collection times while providing excellent positional accuracy and a safe operator experience.

This session will provide an overview of the latest technologies and advancements in drones and examine questions about when to use drones and to what benefit.  Topics include:

  • Addressing how much data you really need
  • Using spatial data to create spatial knowledge
  • Selecting the best UAS solution for the job
  • Data fusion: integrating drone data with other data
  • Sharing data across the enterprise and integrating with existing workflows

11:00 - 12:30 | Precision Agriculture & Forestry

Session presenters include:

  • William Metz, Precision Vine (Switzerland)
  • Fiona Lake, Ag Specialist (Australia)
  • Samantha Tonge, Mapix (UK)

The agriculture industry is undergoing a shift from conventional to mechanized farming practices and is moving from traditional farm equipment towards state-of-the-art automated solutions. Rapid technology advances have led to the development of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) with superior imaging capabilities, advanced technologies including GPS and GIS (Geographic Information System) and autopilot systems.

Since drone-supported precision agriculture offers a number of tangible benefits, farmers are increasingly turning to drones as their newest, most efficient tool in agriculture. Thanks to the cost-efficient nature of drone technologies, more and more farmers are making use of drones for various agricultural applications such as soil and field analysis; livestock monitoring; crop scanning, dusting, and spraying; irrigation management, health assessment and aerial planting.

A growing number of farmers is already experiencing that the use of drones can improve the quality of the crop,  boost yields and reduce waste of fertilizers and crop protection products. It also reduces costs for farmers and optimizes their return on inputs.

This session will provide you with insights into how farmers are implementing aerial tools and focus on topics such as:

  • Who is actually using UAS technology: farmers or third parties?
  • Which drones offer the best features for agricultural use?
  • How are farmers dealing with lack of technical know-how and limited availability of skilled laborers?
  • How software analysis can be used to understand plant health and to better plan and maximize land, water and fertilizer usage
  • Thermal imaging for insight into irrigation
  • How to efficiently use drones to achieve higher yields by identifying problems before they happen
  • Using UAS to increase crop health awareness

14:00 - 15:30 | Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence

Session presenters include:

  • Lucy Craig, DNV GL – Energy (Netherlands)
  • Peter Lyck Ingerslev, Energinet (Denmark)
  • Mark Simmons, National Grid (UK)
  • Amjad Karim, KEEN Ai (UK)

Autonomous drones are beginning to see use in jobs that require smooth, consistent flying and AI is becoming a powerful force to be reckoned with in the drone industry. Right now, AI has an even more important task than providing autonomous flight: processing data collected in the field and turning it into actionable insights.

Many companies are making progress toward having AI pick out common features such as control points and Machine Learning software is increasingly used to identify and count different types of objects. These rapidly developing technologies promise to automate what is currently a time-consuming job. In the short term, AI will continue to tackle the lowest-hanging fruit, automating the most basic and repetitive tasks.

During this session you will get new insights into:

  • Practical applications of computer vision, machine learning, and flight automation in drone technology
  • How machine learning and artificial intelligence drive workflow automation
  • How to make use of machine learning and artificial intelligence solutions to help digest massive amounts of aerial information collected each day
  • Is AI the answer to all questions?
  • How Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence can result in improved efficiency, new insights and new revenue sources

14:00 - 15:30 | Construction

Session presenters include:

  • Luis Santiago Moratinos Siles, Ferrovial (Spain)
  • Jouni Ojala, Rakennuslordi Oy (Finland)
  • Jan Leyssens, Airobot (Belgium)
  • Darshan Divakaran, North Carolina DOT (USA)

One of the most rapidly growing sectors for drone integration is construction. The construction industry has discovered the many ways in which drones can add value and the use of UAVs has been steadily increasing over the last few years by construction companies, architects and surveyors. Previously expensive, time consuming and high-risk tasks are now achieved more quickly and cost effectively with reduced risk using unmanned aircraft systems. 

In the construction industry, drones provide easy access to large or difficult sites as well as complex or tall structures. They can gather aerial data, mapping information and images and create 2D and 3D maps used for land and building surveys, construction sites and building inspections.  The data can then be used for visual material, project progress reports, site logistics, security surveillance and mapping data.

During this session, you will find out what the future of construction looks like due to the rise of smart solutions, automation and drone usage. Topics include:

  • Improvement in construction planning using drones for logistics, land surveys, thermal imaging, volumetric measurement and progress on job site
  • More efficiently track workflow, manage resources, reduce downtime and keep projects on schedule and within budget
  • Enhance safety by using drones to deliver views of elevated structural components and access views that are completely inaccessible by conventional means
  • Deliver real-time monitoring more easily and more affordably

16:00 - 17:30 | Data Management

Session presenters include:

  • Representative from VITO (Belgium)
  • Henrik Grosen, Dronesystems (Denmark)
  • Stefan Thamke, TeAx Technology (Denmark)
  • Jacob Groote, KPN (Netherlands)
  • Maria Varela, Smaare Consulting (Portugal)
  • Representative from ENGIE

In order to take full advantage of the greater insight and efficiencies that drones can provide, companies require a clear strategy for how they will secure, store, manage, and mine the massive amount of aerial data.

Not only precise technical knowledge regarding the particular inspection at hand is needed however in order to advance big data analysis expertise is required to take full advantage of the greater insights and efficiencies that drones can provide.

This session will provide you with insight in:

  • How to deal with data collection challenges (related to regulation and hardware)
  • Hardware & Software integration needs
  • How to aggregate data into 3D models
  • How to integrate drone data into your information systems 
  • How to revamp workflows to take full advantage of the greater insights and efficiencies that drones can provide
  • How to deal with the cybersecurity concern (dealing with sensitive or proprietary data if drones are hacked or lost, concerns regarding personal privacy and individuals’ safety)
  • Practical experiences in smarter ways to manage, inspect, analyse and deliver drone data
  • How to improve project management workflows with drone data 

16:00 - 17:30 | Transportation & Infrastructure

Session presenters include:

  • Flavien Viguier, Altimetris (France)
  • Nicolas Ackermann, SBB Railways (Switzerland)
  • Darshan Divakaran, North Caroline DOT (USA)

Creating and maintaining transportation and civil infrastructure (roads, tunnels, highways, canals, bridges, harbors, airports) involves complex projects and myriad tasks that can often be made more efficient, effective and safer with drone technology.

UAVs equipped with high-resolution cameras and scanners allow for precise measurement of infrastructure assets and are increasingly used in various stages of construction, maintenance, repair and inspection.  UAS can help optimize operations and maintenance, network monitoring and site inspection at every phase of the project including emergency or crisis monitoring.

Keeping an up-to-date database and performing periodic surveys of roads, bridges, tunnels and other civil infrastructure have traditionally been considered costly and time-consuming. With drone-mapping and an up-to-date, digital database of their assets, infrastructure asset managers can survey, inspect and manage assets more often, providing the basis for dynamic, strategic planning. 

The use of drones clearly improves the infrastructure maintenance process and is a cheaper and often safer alternative to current monitoring techniques. At the same time, data collected by drones can be compared over time, allowing for measurements and forecasts of wear.

This Session will provide you with insights into how smart infrastructure asset management can be realized by the efficient use of UAVs and advanced technologies.

You will learn:

  • How to take infrastructure planning & inspection to the next level with drones
  • How to mitigate risk, save time and cut costs by using drones for infrastructure inspection in hard-to-reach locations
  • How to overcome current constraints
  • How to increase safety, reduce project time and increase ROI

Confirmed Speakers Include 

Nicolas Ackermann, SBB Railways (Switzerland)
Vassilis Agouridas, Airbus (France)
Paul Brooks, Prismatic (UK)
Philip Butterworth-Hayes, Unmanned Airspace (UK)
Lucy Craig, DNV GL (Netherlands)
Koen de Vos, European Commission (Belgium)
Darshan Divakaran, North Carolina DOT (USA)
Paul Doherty, the digit group (USA)
Lisa Ellman, Commercial Drone Alliance (USA)
Inigo Ezquerra, Altran (Spain)
Thomas Groninger, Strabag (Germany)
Jacob Groote, KPN (Netherlands)
Henrik Grosen, Dronesystems (Denmark)
Wolfram Hardt, Chemnitz University of Technology (Germany)
Amjad Karim, KEEN Ai (UK)
Marc Kegelaers, Unifly (Belgium)
Fiona Lake, Ag Specialist (Australia)
Andreas Lamprecht, AirMap (Germany)
Jeroen Leusink, Het Waterschapshuis(Netherlands)
Jan Leyssens, Airobot (Belgium)
Manu Lubrano, INVOLI (Switzerland)
Peter Lyck Ingerslev, Energinet (Denmark)
Michal Mazur, PwC (Poland)
William Metz, Precision Vine (Switzerland)
Cyril Mugglin, Swisscom (Switzerland)
Lorenzo Murzilli, Federal Office of Aviation (Switzerland)
Tom Nash, Scottish Mountain Rescue (UK)
Kevin O’Donovan, Technology Evangelist (France)
Jouni Ojala, Rakennuslordi Oy (Finland)
Ronan O’Toole, Geological Survey Ireland (Ireland)
Christoph Raab, Drone Alliance Europe (Germany)
Jean-François Rossignol, TFC International Ltd (Seychelles)
Luis Santiago Moratinos Siles, Ferrovial (Spain)
Ralph Schepp, Deutsche Telecom (Germany)
Mark Simmons, National Grid (UK)
Stefan Thamke, TeAx Technology (Germany)
Michael Thoss, ethoss group (Germany)
Samantha Tonge, Mapix (UK)
Knut Torbjørn Moe, UAS Norway (Norway)
Maria Varela, Smaare Consulting (Portugal)
Flavien Viguier, Altimetris/SNCF (France)
Gretchen West, Commercial Drone Alliance (USA)
Dave Wright, Scottish Mountain Rescue (UK)
Representative, National Power Transmission Grid (NPTG) (Mongolia)
Representative, ENECO (Netherlands)
Check back for more updates soon!

2019 Schedule

Monday 8 April: Pre-Conference & Workshop Programming 13:00 – 18:00 (No Exhibits)
Tuesday 9 April & Wednesday 10 April: Conference Programming & Exhibits

schedule at a glance

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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