By - Jon Brown

Utilizing Drones for the Canadian Energy Market
July 10-11, 2019 | Toronto, ON

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Overview

As Remotely Piloted Air System (RPAS) usage in Canada becomes more widespread and regulatory considerations evolve, it’s becoming increasingly important to stay up-to-date on the drones industry, particularly as it relates to energy. This conference gathers industry experts to discuss all the important topics relevant to RPAS for the Canadian market. Experts will explain a comprehensive overview of RPAS for the energy industry. Transport Canada will address the new drone regulations, taking effect June 1, 2019. Ontario Power Generation will describe the evolution of an RPAS program from a nuclear perspective, from proof of concept to operational alignment with new regulations. A hydropower expert with decades of experience with FERC will discuss drone inspection for hydropower projects.  NASA will provide a case study for power line inspection work. Enbridge Natural Gas Distribution will participate in the Hot Topics Q&A panel. National Research Council Canada will discuss BVLOS considerations. Mohawk University’s drone expert will provide cutting-edge information regarding the latest RPAS technology. Ontario Power Generation will provide a case study regarding RPAS innovations in radiation detection and harsh environment inspections, and Sharper Shape will describe how to automate the RPAS data lifecycle.

Our drone events are truly one of a kind. Don’t miss the chance to meet with industry experts and have all your questions answered!

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain a comprehensive overview of RPAS for the energy industry
  • Discuss the new Transport Canada Drones regulations
  • Describe the evolution of UAV program from a nuclear perspective, from proof of concept to operational alignment with new regulations
  • Explain RPAS for hydropower projects
  • Address NASA’s UAV power line inspection work
  • Participate in an RPAS hot topics panel, with panelists from Ontario Power Generation, Enbridge Natural Gas Distribution, and GE
  • Discuss BVLOS considerations
  • Explain cutting-edge technology in RPAS usage
  • Describe RPAS innovations in radiation detection and harsh environment inspections
  • Discuss considerations when automating the RPAS data lifecycle

Credits

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EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.9 CEUs for this event.

 

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the conference to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case Studies Power Point presentations and classroom exercise will be used in this conference

Agenda

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration & Continental Breakfast


8:30 – 10:00 a.m. :: Overview: RPAS for the Energy Industry

  • Business case
  • Utilization techniques
  • Case study
  • Recent technology

Shailendra Singh, Director of Business Development, Honeywell Aerospace UAV Solutions

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. :: Networking Break


10:30 – 11:15 a.m. :: Regulatory Session

  • What is Part IX of the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs);
  • How does this affect the RPAS community: Basic, advanced, airspace, registration of RPAS, flight review, enforcement, partnerships
  • What isn’t covered by Part IX of the CARs
  • If your operation isn’t covered by Part IX of the CARs, how can you apply for a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC)
  • What Transport Canada is working on regarding RPAS operations in the future, now that Part IX is in force
  • Any questions the audience may have

Jim Pengelly, Service Team Officer, Transport Canada


11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: CASE STUDY: The Evolution of an RPAS Program from a Nuclear Perspective, from Proof of Concept to Operational Alignment with New Regulations

  • Proof of concept to compliant operation
  • Building the program and the ROI
  • Compliant Operator to Part IX

Tim Trebilcock, Associate Engineer, Ontario Power Generation

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


1:00 – 1:45 p.m. :: RPAS for Hydropower Projects

  • Hydropower safety
  • NERC compliance
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Need to integrate technology with RPAS to achieve long term comparable results

Tom Russo, Principal, Russo on Energy


1:45 – 2:30 p.m. :: NASA’s RPAS Power Line Inspection Work

  • UAV based powerline inspection
  • Autonomous corona detection
  • Autonomous path planning
  • Flight corridor compliance
  • RPAS traffic management

Nicholas Rymer, Research Engineer, NASA Langley Research Center

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. :: Networking Break


3:00 – 4:30 p.m. :: PANEL: Hot Topics & Practical Considerations: RPAS Integration into the Energy Industry

Tim Trebilcock, Associate Engineer, Ontario Power Generation

David Watkins, Director Power Operations Canada, Enbridge Gas Distribution

Shailendra Singh, Director of Business Development, Honeywell Aerospace UAV Solutions

William Paden, CEO, Soaring Eagle Imaging

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. :: Networking Reception


Thursday, July 11, 2019

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast


8:30 – 9:15 a.m. :: Operational and Technical Challenges with BVLOS Aerial Inspection of Powerline Assets

This session, presented by the National Research Council Canada, will cover will present the lessons learned in their aerial inspection trials regarding operational and technical challenges with BLVOS aerial inspection of powerline assets and recommendations for effective operations.

Iraj Mantegh, Program Head, National Research Council Canada


9:15 – 10:00 a.m. :: Cutting-Edge Technology in RPAS Usage

  • Drones and mapping
  • Drones and structural envelope inspection
  • Drones and construction planning
  • Drones and policing
  • Looking ahead

Richard Borger, Faculty Professor, Mohawk University

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. :: Networking Break          


10:30 – 11:15 a.m. :: RPAS Innovations in Radiation Detection and Harsh Environment Inspections

  • Operating RPAS in GPS denied environments
  • On Power RPAS inspections
  • Radiation detection and measurements with RPAS

Vajira Jayasinghe, Section Manager – NDE Technology Innovation, Ontario Power Generation


11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Automating the RPAS Data Cycle

Collecting, managing, and analyzing RPAS utility inspection data is highly rewarding but also quite demanding and labor intensive. Most people who are currently using RPAS for utility inspections are painfully aware of this fact and are eagerly anticipating the day when the process is automated throughout the data collection and analyzation cycle. There is a lot of buzz around artificial intelligence and autonomous drone flights making the utilization of drones for infrastructure inspection quick and painless. But which strategies are most promising for automatically creating flight plans and executing missions? Is Artificial Intelligence and computer vision already a viable alternative to human inspectors? This session examines what the state of RPAS automation looks like today and attempts to forecast where technological advances might soon be making a real impact on how drone inspection data is acquired and analyzed

William Paden, CEO, Soaring Eagle Imaging

12:00 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns

Speakers

Richard Borger, Faculty Professor, Mohawk University

Vajira Jayasinghe, Section Manager – NDE Technology Innovation, Ontario Power Generation

Iraj Mantegh, Program Head, National Research Council Canada

William Paden, CEO, Soaring Eagle Imaging

Jim Pengelly, Service Team Officer, Transport Canada

Tom Russo, Principal, Russo on Energy

Nicholas Rymer, Research Engineer, NASA Langley Research Center

Shailendra Singh, Director of Business Development, Honeywell Aerospace UAV Solutions

Tim Trebilcock, Associate Engineer, Ontario Power Generation

David Watkins, Director Power Operations Canada, Enbridge Gas Distribution

Location

Hilton Garden Inn Toronto/AJAX

500 Beck Crescent

Ajax, ON L1Z 1C9

Reserve your room:

please call 1-905-686-9400

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Nights of July 10 – 11, 2019

Room rate through EUCI:

$169.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to June 10, 2019.

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