5 Panels You Absolutely Have to Experience at DroneDeploy Conference 2019

September 24, 2019

DroneDeploy Conference 2019 is less than a month away and we couldn’t be more excited about our extensive list of speakers, panelists, and keynotes. Below are five panels registrants should be sure to attend between October 16th and 17th in San Francisco.

For a full list of panels, speakers, and keynotes, click here.

Rapid Response Mapping in the Aftermath of California Wildfires


In recent years, California has been hit by devastating wildfires that have resulted in an extensive loss to life and property. Drones have provided a powerful new tool for public safety teams to rapidly visualize affected areas and disseminate that information quickly to the agencies involved, as well as the public.

This session will provide a deep-dive into the data analytics perspective behind the multi-agency drone response in the aftermath of the deadly Camp Fire in 2018. It will also highlight the opportunities for aerial mapping moving forward in fuel management and wildfire prevention.

This panel is led by Dr. Greg Crutsinger, founder of Scholar Farms, a drone data consultancy that specializes in using multi-spectral cameras for vegetation mapping. Dr. Crutsinger has led drone data analytics for public safety teams in recent California wildfire responses, including the mapping of the town of Paradise after the Camp Fire.

Wednesday October 16, 2019 12:45pm - 1:30pm; Room B 865 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Streamline Inspection & Quality Assurance


On any job site, things can go wrong. How quickly an issue is detected and resolved can make the difference between a lost hour or a lost week in the schedule, between hundreds of dollars in repairs or millions, between a health or safety risk and a catastrophic incident. But walking a job site takes time – it's dangerous, and it's hard to be sure you've seen everything.

The DroneDeploy platform offers a better way to save hours of manual inspection time, give workers the information they need to make repairs, and give managers peace of mind with an up-to-date view of open issues. Find out how enterprises in construction and energy are using the DroneDeploy platform to streamline their inspection workflows, reduce risk, and promote a culture of quality and accountability on their job sites.

Wednesday October 16, 2019 12:45pm - 1:30pm; Room C 865 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

DroneDeploy Documents Work to Prevent Costly Disputes


Litigation is a common challenge to companies in the construction, oil and gas, and mining industries. From complaints of noise ordinance violations to incomplete work, disputes can result in protracted and expensive court appearances and rulings. But technology can alleviate those issues.

DroneDeploy’s Product Director, James Pipe, moderates a panel led by Jon Ferguson, Corporate Manager - Visualization for Layton Construction, and Cory Rice, Central Operations Manager at Katerra. The panel will share case studies of how drone technology nipped potential issues in the bud.

Wednesday October 16, 2019 1:45pm - 2:30pm; Room A 865 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

From Planning to Disaster Recovery & Many Applications in Between


Since 2018, every DroneDeploy map has been processed using our proprietary map engine, built by our in-house computer vision team and based on learnings from over 1 million maps produced by our customers in the cloud.

Every two weeks, the algorithms are improved, and Nick Dryer, UAS Field Operations Manager for BNSF, will be taking us through the past 12 months of progress and enhancements, giving you a unique opportunity to look under the covers of how we test and improve our algorithms.

Thursday October 17, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am; Room C 865 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103


Global Drone Services

Panel discussion with leaders of the largest and best drone service providers in the world. Learn from the world’s premier drone operations teams discuss how to fly consistent, repeatable missions across the globe. Wide-ranging discussion, from technical discussions of flight specs, global airspace, future drone platforms, pilot training, vetting equipment, and pay. Focus on highest-value use cases and the future of the global drone operations industry. Nick Osgood, Head of Operations at DroneBase, and Tom Walker, CEO of DroneUp, headline this panel.

Thursday October 17, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm; Room B 865 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

The Right Kind of Crazy: A True Story of Teamwork, Leadership and High Stakes Innovation


Okay, this isn’t technically a panel, but rather our keynote speaker. But this certainly can’t be missed. Adam Steltzner, Chief Engineer EDL, Mars Rover Curiosity, NASA, will take the stage to close out the first day of the conference.

With a rock star's presence, a storyteller's gift, and a PhD in engineering physics, award-winning rocket scientist, Steltzner is simultaneously recognized as one of NASA’s most brilliant engineers and most unique individuals.

At 20, he was an aspiring rock star, on his way home from a gig, when he noticed that the constellation of Orion had shifted from where it was hours before. That was all it took to spark his curiosity and desire to know everything about the laws that govern the universe, leading him to return to school, earn a PhD, and by 35, he was an engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratories.

For 10 years, Steltzner led a team of engineers inventing, designing, testing and retesting the revolutionary “sky crane” landing system that successfully placed the Mars rover, Curiosity on the Martian surface in 2012. Five times heavier than its predecessors, Curiosity required an entirely new landing system for the perilous 7-minute phase when the one-ton rover—entering the Martian atmosphere at 13,000 mph—must stop fully on the surface. Since then, he’s been awarded honors ranging from the Smithsonian’s American Ingenuity Award in technology to GQ magazine’s Spaceman of the Year.

With a unique, exciting, and inspiring narrative, Steltzner discusses the power of human curiosity, the importance of fostering a culture of collaborative innovation, and proves that with the Right Kind of Crazy, we can significantly expand boundaries and achieve the impossible.

Wednesday October 16, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm; Bespoke 865 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

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