Wednesday, July 17 • 3:30pm - 5:10pm
W2. A New Eye In the Sky: How Drone Technology is Advancing Environmental Assessment and Monitoring

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This course was new for 2017 and is back by popular demand and updated for 2018! Drone (aka, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle or UAV) technology has impacted the world in a number of ways, providing an effective resource to capture high quality video and aerial imagery.  The ability of a drone to reach inaccessible or otherwise cost-prohibitive areas has made it a valuable tool that provides on-demand data that is fast, flexible and affordable.  Used in combination with post-processing software, drone imagery can be upgraded to create accurate 2D maps and 3D models for a myriad of products, including topographic surveys, digital surface models, volumetric calculations and 3D models with photorealistic textures.  Since the Federal Aviation Administration has begun approving drone use for commercial applications, the environmental industry is being rapidly advanced by the innovations provided by the use of drone technology.    This session will explore drone technology and some of these cutting-edge innovations that utilize drones to support environmental assessment and monitoring.


Keanan Bell

Sr. GIS Manager/Project Manager, NorthStar

Shawn Gibbs

Biologist, Hanson Professional Services Inc.
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Brad Pekas

Senior Engineer/Geologist , Trihydro Corporation
Bradley S. Pekas, PE, PG, is an owner and Senior Engineer with Trihydro Corporation, and he is based in Tampa, Florida. Brad has over 30 years of environmental experience pertaining to assessment/remediation projects, water resource engineering and environmental permitting/compliance... Read More →
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Kevin Shortelle

Owner, Geo2030 Consulting
Kevin has over 30 years of experience supporting Department of Defense programs that focused on the development of GPS-integrated inertial navigation systems for missiles, aircraft, and small unmanned aircraft systems. These navigation systems have been flight tested at Government... Read More →
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Kim Jackson

Florida Geographic Information Officer (GIO), Department of Environmental Protection
I'm excited to join a panel discussion on UAV technology and learn about the innovative ways participants are leveraging GIS to tackle Florida's unique challenges.

Wednesday July 17, 2019 3:30pm - 5:10pm
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