Workshop #2   8:30 am – 12 pm (BACK)
Wednesday, September 23

The Drones Are Coming: A Technical Guide on Implementing SUAS in Your Daily Workflow

Chris Dodson & Mike Aust
Timmons Group
Kevin Pomfret, Williams, Mullen
Liam O’Meara, EQR

Small Unmanned Aerial Systems are one of the newest technologies to enter the commercial market place; offering stream restoration professionals a variety of benefits. We will discuss the means and methods to implement these systems in the daily work flow of a stream practitioner. We will discuss how to use this one cost-effective tool to enhance a variety of usual tasks including communication, assessment, and monitoring.

From site selection to construction and beyond to long-term monitoring sUAS’s allow us to gain a new perspective on restoration projects. Utilizing the on-board cameras and GIS tools available, allows stream restoration professionals to effectively communicate pre- and post-restoration site conditions. sUAS’s allow on the ground assessment teams to cover more area in less time with detailed visual assessment data that can easily be sent to office team members located anywhere in the world, instantly. After construction, a project can be easily monitored from the sky giving approval agencies a new perspective and confidence in the images provided to them for review.