29 September 2016
Drone Week: Drones in Land Use and Maritime Applications
Precision farming and forestry, utilities, environmental and maritime monitoring are all areas cited as some of the most significant applications in the use of drones. Relying not only on their physical flexibility, but also, critically, the analysis and use of data, we might have expected their use in these sectors to be widespread. But is it? This session explores both the benefits and barriers of the deployment of drones in land use, infrastructure and maritime applications, and critical factors in their more widespread adoption, from regulation to culture change.
14.30: Session Introduction
14.40: Use of UAVs in Agriculture
15:10: Drones in Forestry
15.50: Maritime and Coastal Survey
16.10: Utilities Inspection
16.30: Panel Discussion and Q&A Session / Refreshments and Networking Session
Speakers and Panellists
Jimmy Slaughter, Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications (SoXSA)
The Centre has an end-to-end focus on the use of satellite-derived data to challenge conventional ideas and develop new concepts in the exploitation of space for the betterment of life on Earth. This end-to-end philosophy enables new space mission technologies that deliver new space-based data products in response to user needs. Through this, SoXSA seeks to foster economic growth and launch new opportunities.
Jimmy is the Solutions Architect working within the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, extending the reach of the Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications. Jimmy’s focus is to explore opportunities for satellite applications in dispersed communities, more remote areas and in new sectors such as digital healthcare, maritime and the digital economy. James was the Commercial Innovation Manager at the Satellite Applications Catapult and brings experience from working with the Met Office, Defra, the UK Space Agency, and HM Forces.
Lewis McKerrow, Agrovista UK Ltd
Lewis is Head of Precision Technology at Agrovista UK Limited. The company is one of the leading advice and supply companies in British agriculture and provides specialist agronomy, technology and crop protection products to arable, vegetable, fruit, amenity and specialist horticultural growers. Agrovista have been using UAVs in trials for 4 year now and have in house fixed wing and rotary platforms to capture imagery across the UK. Part of the service that Agrovista offer is to process the data and upload it in a useable format to the web based Axis software which allows farmers to make site specific application maps.
Neil Stoddart, Scottish Woodlands Ltd
Jeremy Howitt, QinetiQ, Wales UAS Environment
Jeremy is QinetiQ’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Campaign Manager for the UK and Europe. He has 30 years’ experience in aerospace research and development and also spent 10 years as a Visiting Design Professor for the Royal Academy of Engineering. Jeremy’s current focus is the development of the Wales UAS Environment.
Andrew Berry, BBSR
Andrew is Principle Engineer at Blue Bear Systems Research Ltd, providing subject matter expertise for autonomous systems, unmanned aircraft and motion planning and control architectures for unmanned vehicles in complex environments.
Doug Berry, Stratos UAS
Doug launched Stratos two and a half years ago after receiving his CAA permission and has worked on a wide variety of projects including survey, inspection and media. Prior to that Doug worked for 30 years in R&D in electronics and computing, in areas such as digital signal processing, GPS, embedded systems and computer networking.
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