A Sneak Peek into 10 Sessions You Have To Attend At DroneDeploy Conference

October 7, 2020

DroneDeploy Conference 2020 is exactly one week away, and we couldn’t be more excited to share the latest drone innovations, best practices, and new DroneDeploy features with you. While you can view the full list of speakers, keynotes, and panels here, we’re counting down ten can't-miss sessions happening on the first day of the conference, October 13th.

DPR Construction workers on a job site.
Photo Credit: DPR Construction

Democratizing Data for Your Organization

Data is crucial for managing unpredictability and scaling growth. In this session, you’ll learn how DPR Construction established its internal drone program and grew to utilize a drone on every job site. With pilots capturing an average of 1,370 photos per day, DPR shares their best practices for quick collaboration between teams. Tim Conroy, NE Field Technology Group Lead at DPR Construction, is the featured panelist for this session, with Jester Banks, Enterprise Account Executive at DroneDeploy, moderating. A live Q & A will be held after the panel discussion.

Democratizing Data: Best Practices for Driving Collaboration & Problem Solving,” Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM PDT

Maximizing Your In-Flight Productivity

We’re excited to share our newest product releases throughout 2020! This session will give you an in-depth look at DroneDeploy’s Mission, Live Stream, Live Map, and Manual Flight features. Our customer speaker, Glenn Easton, Web Programmer at CHA Consulting, will share real use cases and detail how DroneDeploy aided the organization in 250+ flights in the last year. Other speakers include Chad LaFrance, Enterprise Solutions Engineer at DroneDeploy, and Kaitlin Blando, Customer Support Specialist at DroneDeploy. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions in the live Q & A immediately following the discussion.

Maximize Your In-Flight Productivity with DroneDeploy,” Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM PDT

A group of women who drone in France.
Photo Credit: Women Who Drone

Mobilizing the Workforce of Tomorrow

How will your industry evolve with advancements in drone technology? Our speakers discuss this issue and how they’re fostering an inclusive culture in their respective organizations. This all-female panel features leading industry experts - Elena Buenrostro, Founder of Women Who Drone; Bethany Hall, GIS Coordinator at Consolidated Utility District; Shanna Hobbs, Senior Specialist of Technical Flight Operations (GIS) at DroneSeed; and Gisela Ripoll, Land Surveyor at Cheal Consultants. Moderated by Olya Royall, Engineering Manager at DroneDeploy, this panel is a must-see for women in the drone industry.

Mobilizing the Workforce of Tomorrow,” Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM PDT

Scaling Your Drone Program

Interested in growing your drone program? Nick Dryer, UAS Field Operations Manager at BNSF Railway, and Eric Galdi, Agronomy Systems Manager at Corteva Agriscience, share their thoughts and best practices. In this session, both speakers discuss their current hardware and software, training programs, and ROI impact. This is an excellent panel to attend for step-by-step guidance on starting a drone program from scratch. Moderated by Matt Lyon, Enterprise Services Manager at DroneDeploy.

The Fundamentals of Scaling Your Drone Program,” Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM PDT

An RCIS Insurance Agent shows a farmer his drone map.
Photo Credit: RCIS

Establishing Accuracy on Aerial Surveys

Construction professionals, this one's for you! In this short 15-minute session, building experts from construction powerhouses across the country give their insight on leveraging drone data to create accurate survey-grade maps and measurements. Plus, discover how to use essential DroneDeploy tools like cut/fill, volume, and elevation. Speakers include Hasan Sume, Chief Pilot and UAS Operations Coordinator at Ghilotti Bros., Inc.; Todd Harper, Director of Construction Technology at Austin Commercial; and Michael Lambert, VDC Manager at Chasco Constructors. This panel is moderated by Ben Alves, Product Manager at DroneDeploy.

Q & A for Establishing Accuracy on Aerial Surveys & Earthworks,” Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 1:30 PM - 1:45 PM PDT

Using Aerial Maps for Crop Insurance

Crop damage is an inevitable part of farming. Learn how insurance providers Rural Community Insurance Services (RCIS) and Zurich use high-resolution aerial maps to document field damage in this 30-minute session. Protecting your crops from weather damage and performing preventative risk mitigation with available technology are essential for today’s farmers. Tim Leier, Assistant Vice President of Technical Claims at RCIS/Zurich North America, and Stephen Di Cicco, Claims Innovation Champion at Zurich North America, are panelists. Moderated by Alex Hennessey, Enterprise Customer Success Manager at DroneDeploy.

Using Aerial Maps to Ensure High-Accuracy for Crop Insurance Claims,” Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 1:45 PM - 2:15 PM PDT

2 construction workers view their drone map.
Photo Credit: Layton Construction

Enabling Airspace Management

This session is a must for anyone using drone technology on their job sites. Listen as industry experts from a variety of backgrounds discuss changing airspace regulations, trends, and news. Topics of interest include how COVID-19 has affected the drone industry, what’s ahead for UTM operations, and progressive legislation in other countries. Our prestigious selection of speakers featured will be Ryan Alfonso, UAS Coordinator & Liaison (AFS - 300) at the FAA; Lisa Ellman, Executive Director at the Commercial Drone Alliance; David Ibarra, AFS-300 UAS Division Representative at the FAA; and Dr. Joe Polastre, Head of UTM Operations at Airbus. This Q & A is moderated by James Pipe, Head of Product at DroneDeploy.

Q & A for Enabling Airspace Management for Today & the Future,” October 13, 2020 2:15 PM - 2:30 PM PDT

Using Drone Data in QA/QC

After quickly discussing each company’s overview, our panelists dive in to the complex challenges and business impact of using drone data in their construction operations. Building trust with owners and utilizing drone data in inspections is a top priority. Italo Cruz, Senior Construction Technology Specialist at Core Construction; Wayne Dodgens, GIS Professional at Jacobs Engineering; Austin Lay, Visualization Coordinator & sUAS Flight Specialist at Layton Construction; and Austin Risner, Geospatial Analyst & Drone Pilot at HUWA Enterprises are speakers. Moderated by Andrew Remis, Customer Success Manager at DroneDeploy, this panel is perfect for construction professionals seeking substantial ROI improvements to their project lifecycles.

Q & A for Using Drone Data in QA/QC,” October 13, 2020 2:15 PM - 2:30 PM PDT

A drone soars over Paradise, California.
Photo Credit: Rebuild Paradise Foundation

Utilizing Drones in Disaster Recovery

Our powerful keynote speaker Charles Brooks, Executive Director of the Rebuild Paradise Foundation, shares how drones equipped with DroneDeploy software aid in the community recovery from the most devastating wildfire in California history. Helped by a one-of-a-kind project that lowers pre-construction costs, the Rebuild Paradise Foundation aims to provide access to critical resources and lower entry barriers for those repopulating disaster areas. “We’re doing next-level things that other people couldn’t do with ‘normal’ equipment,” Charles says.

Keynote: Utilizing Drones in Disaster Recovery,” October 13, 2020 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM PDT

Powering Drone Data at Every Stage

Our APAC attendees won’t want to miss this session, as Australian construction firm Hansen Yuncken explains how they use drone data throughout every stage of the project lifecycle. Ben Styles, Project Engineer at Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd., will share how the organization used drones on one of their large hospital sites, and how your company can, too. This session is moderated by Samantha Robinson, APAC Customer Success Manager at DroneDeploy. (Please note that this session is optimized for our Asia-Pacific region attendees).

The Power of Drone Data at Every Stage for Construction,” October 13th, 2020 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM PDT

DroneDeploy Conference brings together a community of innovators from our ecosystem of industries, including agriculture, construction, energy/oil & gas, mining, and more. We’re looking forward to celebrating the fifth anniversary of this global online event with you. For the program’s full agenda, click here.

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