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Hands‐On Drone Flight Training — Basic Quadcopter Flight Skills with FAA Part 107 Test Prep ‐ NEW

1.4 CEUs | Monday–Tuesday, March 23–24


Stephen B. Ellingson, Ph.D.

Purpose and Background

Drone (i.e., small unmanned aircraft systems) use is dramatically increasing across numerous commercial and industrial sectors. Drones have the ability to enhance your marketing efforts, monitor project progress, facilitate client communications, protect worker safety, and improve a firm’s profitability. The purpose of this seminar is to provide an overview of the broad range of drone capabilities and applications to diverse infrastructure projects. Attendees will receive hands‐on experience flying lightweight drones. They will also observe the use of larger drones carrying sophisticated data acquisition sensors. The main steps in processing raw data from the drones into presentation‐quality output will be discussed and examples provided. Drones and their sensors, data processing, and a pilot’s time can be expensive. Examples of estimating the return‐on‐investment (ROI) for drone projects will be discussed. Numerous federal, state, and local regulations apply to the use of drones. Attendees wishing to become pilots of larger drones must be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). An overview of the regulations and FAA requirements to become a drone pilot will be provided.

Seminar Benefits

  • Understand the range of drone capabilities and applications; and how they can add to a firm’s profitability.
  • Hands‐on experience flying lightweight drones.
  • Understanding the “post flight” data processing steps to convert raw data into useful information.
  • Ability to make sound economic decisions on when to use (or not use) drones to maximize your ROI.
  • Using drones to protect worker safety and provide project security.
  • Appreciate the numerous federal, state, and local drone regulations.
  • Initial preparation for taking the FAA‐required drone certification test.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this seminar, you will be able to utilize the capabilities and range of applications for drones to:

  • Complete existing projects on time and on‐budget
  • Win new projects and/or retain existing clients
  • Provide an appreciation of federal, state, and local requirements for drone use
  • Develop awareness for using insurance to mitigate risk
  • Understand when and how to use drones profitably
  • Fly lightweight drones.

Assessment of Learning Outcomes

  • Attainment of the learning outcomes will be addressed by in‐field demonstrations and classroom handouts, short case studies, and discussions.
  • Frequent in‐field and classroom question and answer discussions will be encouraged during and at the end of each module.

Special Features

Attendees will receive hands‐on experience flying lightweight drones. They will also receive useful handouts and hyperlinks to best practices, reference material, and additional information.

Who Should Attend?

  • Civil engineers and/or project managers responsible for the design, construction, maintenance/monitoring, rehabilitation, and demolition of diverse infrastructure
  • Cost estimators
  • Risk (liability) managers
  • Safety and security staff
  • Marketing and business development staff
  • Prospective drone pilots

Seminar Outline

Day 1 | 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. with a 1 hour lunch break

  • Welcome and introduction
  • Overview of seminar
  • Overview of drone capabilities and applications
    • Project progress monitoring
    • Interior/exterior inspections (e.g., bridges, cell/transmission towers, wind turbines)
    • Surveying
    • As‐built documentation
    • 3D building models
    • Safety and/or security monitoring
    • Building envelop surveys
    • Contour mapping
    • Photogrammetry
    • Air/water quality monitoring
    • Marketing presentations
  • Using insurance to mitigate risk
  • Federal, state, and local regulations
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) use of drones to conduct site safety inspections
  • Hands‐on flying of lightweight drones*
  • Demonstration of larger drones carrying sophisticated data acquisition sensors*
  • Summary and questions/answers

* Weather and FAA clearance permitting

Day 2 | 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. with a 1 hour lunch break

  • Overview of day 2
  • “Post flight” raw data processing and conversion to useful information
  • Preparation of presentation materials
  • Economic analyses:
    • When to use (or not use) drones
    • Project profitability
    • ROI
  • Overview of FAA‐required drone certification test
  • Summary, questions/answers, and conclusion

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