Unmanned Systems Fundamentals: Managing Your Drone Program

Unmanned Systems Fundamentals: Managing Your Drone Program

November 14-15, 2022 | Denver, CO

The program will cover the fundamental elements of a successful drone program including what you should know about the possibilities, uses of and how to implement a program. Participants will learn mission planning, UAV operations, field data collection procedures, data processing, and data analysis. Legal, ethical considerations, and economic advantages will be reviewed for a utility application as well. Attendees will benefit directly from discussions on the beneficial use of unmanned systems through the course material and be able to directly apply this knowledge at their workplace.

Learning Outcomes

  • Review the economic factors to be considered with an UAS program
  • List the various sensors used by UAS and applications
  • Discuss the requirements definition
  • Explore the various aircraft systems available and applications of each
  • Recognize the types and benefits of technology available to use with UAS
  • Discuss the regulatory environment for UAS and what it means to utility applications
  • Explore the process and steps of flight planning
  • Review UAS field operations
  • Describe the methods of processing and best management of the data collected with UAS
  • Recognize some methods for program adoption and tech transformation within your company


Monday, November 14, 2022 : Mountain Time

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

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Course Timing

Economic Factors

  • Why Should Utilities Consider Change?
  • A Look at the Economics
    • The broad range of applications that can be performed with drone-based remote sensing
    • Quantify the economic advantages and disadvantages of change
    • Evaluate who are the key stakeholders and what motivates them to consider doing something different
    • Where the funding comes from for making tech transformation
    • Model for finding out what is needed to make an effective proposal
    • We will evaluate the elements of a Build vs. Buy Analysis


  • What Information can be collected?
  • A Look at Sensors and Data
    • Evaluate the qualities of geospatial data and their utility for various applications
    • Types of sensors that are available for unmanned systems and the factors that impact flight
    • Economic drivers for data acquisition from various platforms and data as a service
    • Sprayers, samplers and other tools that can be integrated on unmanned systems

Requirements Definition

  • What Information is Needed?
  • A Look at Documenting Requirements
    • The importance of requirements, and what they’re used for
    • Classify the types of requirements that are typical on UAS projects
    • Identify a process for defining and documenting requirements
    • What makes a good requirement and examples of both good and bad requirements

Aircraft Systems

  • What’s in the Unmanned System?
  • A Look at the Elements of the UAS
    • Levels of automation, the history, and the future of unmanned technologies
    • Elements of unmanned systems and the various configurations
    • Classify the types of unmanned systems by performance characteristics, flight type, fuel type, and size
    • Evaluate the types of command and control
    • Outline the system for determining airworthiness and assess the operator’s responsibility

Technology Selection

  • Which Unmanned System is Right?
  • A Look at Technology Selection
    • Outline the capabilities that should be evaluated when selecting an unmanned system
    • A process for selecting the most appropriate platform for an application


Tuesday, November 15, 2022 : Mountain Time

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast and Log In

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Course Timing


Regulatory Environment

  • What are the Regulations?
  • A Look at the Legal Environment
    • Discuss the FAA’s role as the regulator of a public commons called the airspace
    • How regulations get formed and the structure of the Federal Aviation Regulations
    • Evaluate the policies that govern aircraft and the process for obtaining an airworthiness certificate
    • Evaluate the policies the govern airmen and the process for obtaining a pilot certificate
    • Evaluate the structure of the national airspace system and the rules that apply in each class of airspace

Flight Planning

  • How Do We Operate Safely, Effectively and in Compliance?
  • A Look at SOPS and EHSMS
    • Job descriptions and how to select the right personnel
    • Evaluate the training of personnel and effective management practices
    • Discuss the processes and procedures that need to be considered in a set of Standard Operating Procedures
    • Consider the elements of a Safety Management System and integrating it into your organizations EHSMS

Field Operations

  • What is Needed in the Field?
  • A Look at Field Operations
    • Efficient operations including communications, activity logging, and deployment considerations
    • Discuss best practices with data management including data security and audit
    • Evaluate the need for security and how to respond to incidents and accidents
    • Public relations and effective ways to communicate expectations with the public

Program Adoption and Tech Transformation

  • What is Needed to Prepare for a Successful Mission?
  • A Look at Mission Planning
    • Logistical factors that go into planning a successful mission
    • How to plan a mission technically to achieve deliverable requirements
    • Evaluate flight planning software and flight management systems


Jeffery Cozart, CEO, Juniper Unmanned

Jeff Cozart is the Chief Executive Officer, Chairman and Founder of Juniper Unmanned, a consultancy to help enterprises and governments generate value from drone-based remote sensing.  Jeff is also a member of the faculty in the College of Engineering at the University of Colorado where he has taught graduate level courses since 2013. He specializes in remote sensing applications and data sciences.  He was also a member of the Aviation and Aerospace Science faculty at Metropolitan State University of Denver from 2015 to 2017.  Jeff worked closely with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as it implemented commercial regulations for unmanned aircraft operations.  Jeff is also a board member of UAS Colorado and a founder of the Rocky Mountain UAS Professionals Meetup group. He received a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver in 2003.


EUCI Conference Center

6400 S Fiddlers Green Cir.

Greenwood Village CO, 80111

The EUCI conference center is conveniently located adjacent to the Arapahoe at Village Center Light Rail Station, allowing easy access to and from DIA, Downtown, and Local Area Attractions.

Nearby Hotels

Residence Inn by Marriott Denver Tech Center
6565 South Yosemite St.
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
485 feet from event location

Wingate by Wyndham
8000 East Peakview Ave
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Phone: 303-626-2641
0.3 miles away

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Denver Tech Center
7900 E. Peakview Ave.
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
(303) 721-3321
0.6 miles from event location



Unmanned Systems Fundamentals: Managing Your Drone Program

November 14-15, 2022 | Denver, CO
Individual attendee(s) - $ 1395.00 each
- OR - I choose to attend remotely
Individual remote connections(s) - $ 1395.00 each

Volume pricing available for remote connections

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 5,580.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 9,765.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 16,740.00 (40% discount)

Buy 4 seats and only pay for 3! For this event every fourth attendee is free!

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Individual attendee(s) - $ 1395.00 each
- OR - I choose to attend remotely
Individual remote connection(s) - $ 1395.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 5,580.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 9,765.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 16,740.00 (40% discount)

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before October 14, 2022 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800

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EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must log in and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case Studies , PowerPoint presentations and Classroom exercises will be used in this event

Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 12.0
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

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Who Should Attend

  • Transmission and distribution engineers
  • Transmission and distribution asset management staff
  • Transmission and distribution contractors
  • EPCs (Engineering/Procurement/Construction)
  • Surveyors
  • Technology Leads
  • Geographic Information Officer
  • Supervisor of GIS
  • Director of Operations
  • Operations & maintenance professionals in electric transmission & distribution
  • T&D line inspection maintenance personnel
  • T&D safety personnel
  • Security professionals in the utility industry
  • Anyone else interested in learning more about how UAS can be used within T&D

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