Drone technologies are rapidly becoming a significant tool in mainstream government and civilian applications assisting in the provision of important information to the end user in an efficient and safe manner. The “From Maybe to Mainstream” conference at ROTORTECH 2020 will be hosted by the Australian Association for Unmanned Systems (AAUS) and will bring together key government agencies and industry to discuss the current state of play for the use of drone technologies and explore opportunities moving forward. Discussion will look at all aspects of the drone technology ecosystem including regulatory and data exploitation aspects.
The conference will run over two days as part of ROTORTECH 2020 at the Brisbane showgrounds. Registration is free.
Day 1 of the conference will be examine current and future applications of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) in fire and emergency management. It is a tailored event developed for government agencies and industry and will focus on case studies of fire and police applications of drone technology and will explore challenges and opportunities.
The format of the event will be conference presentations and panel discussions. Invited speakers include Chief Remote Pilots from State Police and Fire agencies, CASA and key industry technology developers.
Day 2 will follow a similar format but will shift focus to other civil applications of drone technology including agricultural, infrastructure inspection and aerial survey. Delegates will hear from Government agencies employing drone technologies as well as key industry service and technology developers.
The conference provides an excellent opportunity to connect with industry, utilising drones for real and current applications. Networking opportunities will form part of the program including a social event.
Day 1: Thursday 15 October
|Session 1: Application of Drones in Emergency Services|
|1000||Welcome Address, Greg Tyrrell (Executive Director, AAUS)|
|1015||A national drone capability for firefighting, Andrew Crowe (Mirragin Unmanned Systems)|
|1045||Potential and Issues surrounding the use of Drones for Aerial Firefighting, Andrew Matthews (National Aerial Firefighting Centre)|
|1115||TBC, Andrew Duggan (Insitu Pacific)|
|1145||Employing Unmanned Systems for Enhanced Emergency Management, Leading Firefighter & Chief Remote Pilot, Anthony Wallgate (Fire + Rescue NSW)|
|Session 2: Application of Drones in Emergency Services continued|
|1315||UAS Roles for Emergency Services, Jack Kormas (Textron Systems Australia)|
|1345||RPAS operations within Queensland Police Service: A/Sergeant & Chief Remote Pilot, Rob Whittle (Queensland Police Service)|
|1415||Regulatory Considerations for RPAS used in Emergency Services, Luke Gumley (CASA)|
|1445||Afternoon tea break|
|Session 3: Application of Drones in Emergency Services continued|
|1515||RPAS operations within NSW Police Force: Inspector & Chief Remote Pilot, Rob Whittle (NSW Police Force)|
|1545||Development of Large Drone Systems for Emergency Response, Ken King (Freespace Operations)|
|1615||DJI Product Presentation, Joshua Foo (D1 Store)|
|1730 – 1900||Networking Drinks & Pizza Function (The Swill Bar)|
Day 2: Friday 16 October
|Session 4: Drones in Disaster Response|
|0915||Opening Remarks, Greg Tyrrell (Executive Director, AAUS)|
|0930||Use cases for RPAS in disaster recovery and aerial surveying, Amy Steiger (Cardno)|
|1000||RPAS Disaster Response, Rich Adams (Team Rubicon Australia)|
|1030||Drone Marine Rescue, Nige Austin (The Ripper Group)|
|1100||Morning Tea break|
|Session 5: Application of Drones in Environmental, Agriculture and Mining|
|1130||Drones in Agriculture – Myth vs Reality & what must Change, Fiona Lake (Fiona Lake Photography)|
|1200||TBC, Meg Kummerow (Fly the Farm)|
|1230||Using Drone in AG (Migration from Helicopters), Wayne Lording (UAV Consultancy Group)|
|Session 6: Application of Drones in Environmental, Agriculture and Mining continued|
|1400||EPA Applications for RPAS, Mark Bond (EPA Victoria)|
|1430||TBC, Andrew Chapman (AUAV)|
|1500||From Underground to Overhead; a unique perspective on an Australian drone development capability, Dr Dawid Preller (Australian Droid + Robot)|
|1530||Closing Remarks, Greg Tyrrell (AAUS)|
|A network drinks function for AAUS conference delegates and AAUS members from 5:30pm – 7:00pm at Swill Bar across the road from the Brisbane Showgrounds.|
For further information:
Membership & Events Manager
Australian Association for Unmanned Systems (AAUS)
0413 102 250