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

2018 Conference Program

Tuesday, 10 April

PreConference Product Previews (Conference Pass required)

Day 1
10 Apr 2018

Product Previews

Brief vendor presentations on latest product launches and innovations. Click here to view the full schedule of companies and presentation times.

Workshop: Should Your Drone Programme be In-House, or Outsourced?

Day 1
10 Apr 2018

Workshop Moderator

The workshop moderator will be Michael Thoss, Founder, ethoss group. This workshop will begin with presentations followed by interactive Q&A. Participants are invited to candidly discuss considerations for specific project...
Michael Thoss

SNCF to ALTAMETRIS: Behind the Scenes

Anthony-Victor will present the approach that led SNCF to create the subsidiary ‘ALTAMETRIS’ and helpful advice for others with drone program considerations.
Anthony-Victor Mehl

Workshop Discussion

The workshop discussion will include Anthony-Victor Mehl of Altametris and James Harrison of Sky-Futures. This discussion will be moderated by Michael Thoss of ethoss group. Participants are invited to candidly...
James Harrison

Networking cocktail

Welcome Happy Hour

Network with drone professionals from throughout Europe and beyond during our Welcome Happy Hour.  Enjoy a glass of wine or beer while you explore the latest UAS solutions from the world’s top vendors.

18:00 – 19:00
Exhibit Hall

Wednesday, 11 April

10:00 Exhibition Open (Closes at 17:30)

Opening Session & Keynotes

Day 1
11 Apr 2018

Welcome Address

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

Amsterdam: Drone Hub of Europe

Paul Riemens, CEO/ Chairman of the Executive Board at RAI Amsterdam will welcome the Commercial UAV Expo audience to Amsterdam and articulate his team’s vision for making Amsterdam the Drone...
Paul Riemens

The Future of Aerial Data: Leveraging Data from the Sky

Drones as part of a broader ecosystem of tools such as satellites and high altitude aircraft will change the way the world leverages data from the sky. Jesse will share...
Jesse Kallman

Securing the Digital Transformation: The Layer-Cake of Drone Data Protection

Kay shares insights on not only the current state of the commercial UAV market, but also the anticipated impact and timeline for newest initiatives such as personal air vehicles. But...
Kay Wackwitz

Drones in the Connected Ecosystem: The Coming Transformation

Enterprise applications have transformed drones from a standalone device to a part of a connected ecosystem. The effects of the network are a natural force driving towards standardisation. Lorenz will...
Lorenz Meier

Update from SESAR: U-Space and EU Roadmap

Alain Siebert will provide an update briefing specific for commercial UAV operators on the EU roadmap for the safe integration of drones into all classes of airspace.
Alain Siebert

10:45-11:15 Coffee break – exhibit HALL

Newest technologies on the horizon for Commercial UAvs

Day 1
11 Apr 2018

Session Chair of Newest Technologies

The session chair for the Newest Technologies on the Horizon for Commercial UAVs session is Lucas Van Oostrum, Co-Founder of Delft Aerial Robotics (DAR).
Lucas van Oostrum

Newest Technologies on the Horizon for Commercial UAVs

Everyone talks about AI, but we’re not there yet. These experts will candidly address realities of moving from machine learning/computer vision to true autonomy, the challenges and developments in sense-and-avoid...
James Harrison
Christian Janke
Christoph Strecha
Baptiste Tripard

12:30-14:00 Lunch – exhibit HALL (available for purchase)

regulatory update & u-space developmentS

Day 1
11 Apr 2018

Session Chair of Regulatory Update & U-Space Developments

The session chair for Regulatory Update & U-Space Developments session is Alain Siebert, Chief Economist & Master Planning at SESAR Joint Undertaking.
Alain Siebert

Regulatory Update & U-Space Developments

Designed to concisely convey just the information you need as a commercial UAV operator, the Plenary will provide an update on pan-European regulations and next steps, and give a snapshot...
Sebastian Barbiarz
Benoit Curdy
Marc Kegelaers
Neil Kidd
Ron Van de Leijgraaf

safety and risk management for Commercial UAVs

Day 1
11 Apr 2018

Session Chair of Safety and Risk Management for Commercial UAVs

The session chair for Safety and Risk Management for Commercial UAVs is Neil Kidd, Chief Technology Officer at Altitude Angel.
Neil Kidd

Safety and Risk Management for Commercial UAVs

While the case increasingly supports the tremendous benefits of commercial UAVs, are you taking the right steps to make sure you’re protected? From a large enterprise point-of-view, this Plenary will...
Eden Attias
Steve Flynn
Oliver Heinrich
Ulrich Hoffmann
Thomas Kriesmann

15:45-16:15 Coffee break – exhibit HALL

drone hero coNTEST

Drone Hero Europe 2018 – Finalists Present

Jury Chair Mark Vanlook (Drone Cluster Manager – EUKA) presents the finalists for this contest,
in which visionaries from across Europe compete for support in developing their drone innovations
and for winning the title of Drone Hero Europe 2018!

16:15 – 17:30
AMTRIUM I-II

 

HORIZON2020 – FUNDED PROJECT: The Process, and Progress

Day 1
11 Apr 2018

The SkyOpener Project

The SkyOpener project is funded by EU through the European GNSS Agency (GSA) in the framework of the Horizon 2020 program. SkyOpener’s goal is testing the use of UAS for...
Marco Balsi

drone hero coNTEST

Drone Hero Europe 2018 – Results Announced

The winners of Drone Hero Europe 2018 will be announced by Jury Chair Mark Vanlook (Drone Cluster Manager – EUKA)!

18:00 – 18:30
AMTRIUM I-II

Networking cocktail – Strandzuid Amsterdam

Networking Cocktail at the Boathouse

Take a ten minute stroll to the The Boathouse for an offsite networking event. Enjoy beer, wine and light fare in a lovely canal-side setting while mingling with fellow members of Europe’s commercial drone elite. Sponsored by: Pix4D

18:30 – 20:00
STRANDZUID-THE BOATHOUSE

Thursday, 12 April

10:00 Exhibition Open (Closes at 16:00)

Infrastructure & INSPECTION

Day 1
12 Apr 2018

Session Chair of Infrastructure & Inspection

The session chair for the Infrastructure & Inspection session is Ron van de Leijgraaf, Aviation Department Policy Officer at the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment
Ron Van de Leijgraaf

Managing Drone Swarms for Inspections

Infrastructure monitoring (electrical network, railroad) is one of the priorities of industry. Although effective, currently used surveillance solutions (human inspection, sensors, and helicopters) can be optimized in terms of cost,...
Henri GARIH

The Benefits of Automated Workflows in the Cell Tower Inspection Industry

Transmission and telecommunication towers play a significant role in the communications industry. With tens of thousands of assets per country, tracking the exact equipment mounted on each tower and its...
David Adjiashvili
Sylvain Lotteau

Upgrading Railways from the Air: UAVs in the Railway Business

Using the Alicante-Murcia Rail Line as a case study, Mario will share the steps to digitalise a railway corridor via UAVs and other technologies, experiences and lessons learned.
Mario Fernández Marín

Panel Discussion

There will be a 30 minute panel discussion and Q&A with presenters of the Infrastructure & Inspection session. Including panelist Jesper Falk, Head of Section and Market Director, Surveying and...
Jesper Falk

Planning for smart cities – Telco-IoT & urban air mobility

Day 1
12 Apr 2018

Session Chair of Smart Cities

The session chair for the Planning for Smart Cities session will be Sebastian Babiarz, Head of Strategic Business Development at AirMap.
Sebastian Barbiarz

Embracing Drones in Smart Society

Presenter will explain how emerging drone market can be used in context of Smart Cities. As the UTM expert, he will focus on traffic management context and the way how...
Sebastian Barbiarz

Enhance Smart Cities with Aerial Services

Introduction into Smart Cities, the aim and overall service portfolio, which criteria define services as “Smart City services”. Why UAV is a part of Smart Cities, possibilities opened up by...
Ralph Schepp

How to Enable the U-Space While Safeguarding Citizens Life

To efficiently integrate unmanned aircraft into airspace we propose to use existing vehicular communication technology and elevate it to be used by drones. To design this integration safely, non-communicating airspace...
Jacques Kruse Brandao

Smart Mobility in Smart Cities: WALK. RIDE. DRIVE. FLY.

Technological innovations and new business models offer great potential for new approaches to urban mobility with Urban Air Mobility (UAM) being one of them. UAM today is neither a fiction...
Vassilis AGOURIDAS

Panel Discussion

There will be a 30 minute panel discussion and Q&A with presenters of the Planning for Smart Cities session.

10:30-11:00 Coffee break – exhibit HALL

Energy industry – Part I (maintenance, surveying & inspection)

Day 1
12 Apr 2018

Session Chair of Energy Industry – Part I

The session chair of Energy Industry - Part I is Phevos Skalidis, Research Manager for IDC Energy Insights.
Phevos Skalidis

The Use of Drones to Inspect and Monitor Austria’s Power Grid

• APG – Austrian Power Grid / Who we are? • First steps with UAV‘s – a short overview of the past • Field of activities: 1. Selective inspections 2....
Paul Zachoval

Risk Mitigation of Shell’s Rig-move in Trinidad and Tobago Making Use of UAVs

For a recent rig-move in Trinidad and Tobago, Shell used a UAV to obtain accurate 3D information of the platform. The rig move was one of the most challenging in...
Pieter Franken

ENGIE’s Innovative Use of Drones

This presentation will address the following: • Sharing the value potentials of using drones for safe visual inspections on boiler pressure & non-pressure parts impacting your TRIF & S-P figures....
Marc Eyckmans

Panel Discussion

There will be a 30 minute panel discussion and Q&A with presenters of the Energy Industry Part I session. Moderator: Kevin O'Donovan, Technology Evangelist
Kevin O’Donovan

Surveying & MApping

Day 1
12 Apr 2018

Session Chair of Surveying & Mapping

The session chair for Surveying & Mapping is Juan B. Plaza, Aviation Drone Consultant (USA).
Juan Plaza

SD Point Cloud Processing for Highway Truck Center Site Analysis

Recent UAV and software technology improvements have seen the cost of 3D point cloud data generation decrease dramatically. As a consequence, this data is increasingly being used as the raw...
Michael Frings
Patrick Cunningham

Utilizing Drone Imagery and Machine Learning for Forestry Damage

During the wake of Hurricane Irma in the United States, Daniel Scheiner utilized drone imagery and machine learning to determine damage in pecan tress for a 3,000 acre pecan farm....
Daniel Scheiner

Comparing the workflow and point clouds of TLS and UAV technologies

One current debate in the field of remote sensing concerns the question of whether photogrammetry- or LIDAR-derived point clouds are superior, in terms of the efficiency of their creation, and...
Ana Jesenicnik

Panel Discussion

There will be a 30 minute panel discussion and Q&A with presenters of the Surveying & Mapping session. Moderator: Juan B. Plaza, Juan B Plaza Consulting Corp

12:30-14:00 Lunch – exhibit HALL (available for purchase)

construction & Aggregates

Day 1
12 Apr 2018

Session Chair of Construction & Aggregates

The session chair for the Construction & Aggregates session is Matthieu Lefebvre, Enterprise Solutions Manager, Pix4D.
Matthieu Lefebvre

Machine Learning and Intelligent Decisions: Leveraging UAS/RPAS & Other Information Sources

In 2015 a strategic management 'cross-border' initiative within COWI was the very first step towards hatching the overall idea of using 3D models as basis for Structural Inspection throughout COWIs...
Jesper Falk

(Substitute for Ferrovial S.A.) Digital Insights: How Image-based Mapping and Analytics are Transforming the Mining Industry

The mining industry is being rushed by a challenging macroeconomic environment pushing the C-suite and managers to transform their businesses to mine smarter. The digital can help in this matter...
Matthieu Lefebvre

Using Drones to Measure Aggregate Stockpiles

This presentation will provide an overview of a quarry operation. Specifically, the way UAVs are changing how aggregate stocks are measured and some of the benefits including health, safety, efficiency...
James Veakins

Panel Discussion

There will be a 30 minute panel discussion and Q&A with presenters of the Construction & Aggregates session.

Precision agriculture

Day 1
12 Apr 2018

Session Chair of Precision Agriculture

The session chair for the Precision Agriculture session is Michael Thoss, Founder, ethoss group.
Michael Thoss

Turning Data into Knowledge for Management Decisions for Farmers and Growers

More accurate and precise farming practices can be developed based on determining instantaneous crop needs by using remote sensing (RS) technology for turning data into valuable knowledge for farmers and...
Sergio Moreno Rojas
Francisco José Ruiz Marín

From UAV Data Collection to Time Series Processing: Automated Crop Monitoring

Analyzing airborne imagery from UAVs offers an efficient and cost-effective way to aid in the assessment of field health and the estimation of crop yields, particularly when it comes to...
Nicolai Holzer

Forget Drones, Focus on the Farmers

Drones are tools, nothing more. Drones can definitely be a tool that helps to make farming more efficient, but only in the right hands and applied using the the right...
Bert Rijk

Panel Discussion

There will be a 30 minute panel discussion and Q&A with presenters of the Precision Agriculture session. Including panelist: Ana Jesenicnik, Product and Solutions Engineer - Surveying - senseFly
Ana Jesenicnik

By Invitation Only: Roundtable DISCUSSION

Day 1
12 Apr 2018

Energy & Utility Executives Boardroom Roundtable (Invitation Only)

Executives from energy & utility companies are invited to participate in this Boardroom Roundtable addressing challenges in use of UAVs, including experiences with various types of sensors and airframes, integration...

15:30-16:00 Coffee break – exhibit HALL

Energy industry – Part II (maintenance, surveying & inspection)

Day 1
12 Apr 2018

Session Chair of Energy Industry – Part II

The session chair for the the Energy Industry Part II is Michael Wilkinson, Global Segment Leader for Energy Data Analytics, DNV GL
Michael Wilkinson

The Use of Drones to Monitor Statnett Norway’s Grid

Additional information coming soon.
Thomas Negård

No More People in Confined Spaces: How VOPAK Makes Work Safer with Drones that Measure Wall Thickness

Until now, drones in inspection and maintenance are mainly focused on "remote sensing". This means that cameras of all sorts (visual, thermal, multispectral, hyperspectral, etc) gather data, there is no...
Steven Verver

Inspection of 600 km long power lines for Distributie Energie Oltenia, Romania

Additional information will be posted soon.
Iulian Bogdan
Mantas Vaskela

Panel Discussion

There will be a 30 minute panel discussion and Q&A with presenters of the Energy Industry Part II session.

Security, LAw Enforcement, emergency response & SAR

Day 1
12 Apr 2018

Session Chair of Security, Law Enforcement, Emergency Response & SAR

The session chair for the Security, Law Enforcement, Emergency Response & SAR session is Dave Morris, Senior Director of Global Drone Sales Enablement and Business Development at Intel Corporation.
Dave Morris

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...
ARND SCHÖTER

UAVs for Disaster Relief & Emergency

The KNRM (Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution) is the voluntary organization in the Netherlands tasked with saving lives at sea. It maintains 45 lifeboat stations with 75 lifeboats along the...
Jeroen Kodde

Applying Best Practices from Security & Defence

Christoph will share approaches and insights to security monitoring, lessons learned and path forward.
Christoph Raab

Panel Discussion

There will be a 30 minute panel discussion and Q&A with presenters of the Security, Law Enforcement, Emergency Response & SAR session.

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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