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September 5-7, 2023  •  Caesars Forum  •  Las Vegas

Agenda Session

Infrastructure and Transportation

Sep 07 2022

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM PDT

Room 408-410

Inspecting a bridge or other piece of infrastructure with a drone can create value in multiple ways. It’s easy enough to call out these efficiencies as being faster, cheaper or safer than traditional approaches, but what does it mean to turn thousands of photos into actionable information? How can these efficiencies be measured in terms of an ROI? This session explores such these details through the following presentations, followed by a Q&A with the audience and participants.

Session moderated by Shayne Gill, AASHTO

The Present and Future of Infrastructure Inspections
Whether it’s being able to effectively inspect a bridge from the ground rather than rappelling over the edge or being able to spot an issue on a road before it turns into a costly problem, drones are being used by inspectors along roadways, tunnels, ports, and countless other places to keep people safe and create value. This session will detail what that has meant to certain organizations in the present while exploring additional opportunities related to… 

·   How transformative drones have been for certain inspections
·   What digital twins are and who can use them
·   The opportunities and efficiencies being created with AR
·   Performing simulated inspections in a virtual reality environment
·   How a “crawl, walk, run” approach with drones can define a robust solution stack

Taze Lamb, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
Jermaine Smith, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company

Attendees will come away from this session with a sense of how the efficiencies they’ve enabled with drones measure up to what’s possible while also getting a sense of what it will mean to leverage them more fully with new tools, systems, and processes.

How Ohio DOT Uses UAS
The Ohio UAS Center functions as a UAS resource for all Ohio state agencies and as a consequence, performs numerous complex UAS missions, such as magnetometry, GPR and radiation detection. The UAS Center’s main function, however, is to support the Ohio DOT. That support involves UAS LiDAR, aerial mapping through photogrammetry, and infrastructure maintenance incorporating visual bridge inspections and 3-D modelling.

Jamie Davis, Ohio DOT

How to Transform Your Bridge or Infrastructure Inspection Process with Drones
The associated costs and dangers of most traditional bridge and infrastructure inspections are well understood. How can drones reduce those costs and eliminate those dangers? What does it mean to establish the effectiveness of drones for a bridge inspection? Which tools are going to best support this kind of work? This session will detail how stakeholders have asked and answered these questions by fully defining:

·       Choose the right tools to monitor and track changes and damage over time.
·       How to assess ROI and obtain management buy-in
·       What a vendor verification process looks like
·       How drone data can be integrated into existing workflows

Ryan Marlow, State of Alaska

Attendees will come away from this session with a firm sense of what it means for them to define UAV program best practices for inspections within the ROI. They’ll also get insights around the best way to proposition the value of the technology for stakeholders in an organization.

How to lead-the-ship through a fast-changing UAV landscape
Change management is key to success in ever-evolving technological landscapes. In this speech, Mr. Foley shares several lessons learned through his experience in the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAS) industry. Ranging from transmission and distribution inspections to transportation, to cell tower surveys, case studies provide actionable examples of how leaders in the UAV industry can successfully manage rapid technological transformation and harness its potential for business growth, innovation, and differentiation.
The ability to develop agile organizations is at the heart of change management. As explained in this presentation, agile organizations revolve around a few core principles: agile leadership enables action by leveraging flexible resources decision making is transparent and data-driven teams are trained and trusted to anticipate and embrace change leadership develops a culture of end-to-end accountability effective communication is key to nurturing internal and external relationships.
Ian Foley, Pacific Triangle



Pacific Triangle

State of Alaska

Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin

Ohio DOT

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