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    • May 15, 2020
    • 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Regional Learning Alliance, 850 Cranberry Woods Drive, Cranberry Township., PA
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    Regional Learning Alliance
    850 Cranberry Woods Drive    DIRECTIONS
    Cranberry Twp., PA

    PCPG seminars quickly sell out. To confirm your seat, use our secure web enrollment and a credit card.

    7:30: Registration Opens
    8:00 - 5:00:  Seminar, with breaks/lunch provided.

    Professional Development Conversion Formula
    Pennsylvania: 50 mins. = 1 PDH
    Delaware and South Carolina:  60 mins. = 1 CEU
    Texas: 60 mins. = 1 PDH

    Prerequisite: Prior drone flight experience is not required.  Attendees may consider purchasing an inexpensive (less than $50) micro drone to fly before this course.


    • Martin Helmke, PhD, P.G., West Chester University of Pennsylvania
    • Daniel Bochicchio, GIT, Groundwater and Environmental Services, Inc.
    • John J. Ennis, Esq., P.G., Groundwater and Environmental Services, Inc.
    • D. Matt Lyon, Construction Manager, Aircraft Systems Manager - Invited (Groundwater and Environmental Services, Inc.)

    Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS, or drones) have rapidly become a new tool for the Professional Geologist and Environmental Professional involved in site investigations and resource studies. 

    In addition to providing a big picture view of a project site, drone imagery and 3D photogrammetry can be used to monitor natural gas infrastructure, document site environmental conditions, find orphaned wells and unexploded ordnance, evaluate structural geology, conduct fracture trace analysis, monitor sinkholes and subsidence, and record mass movement.  Drones equipped with scientific instruments such as magnetometers, telephoto lenses, thermal cameras, and multispectral imagers are capable of taking precise scientific measurements in locations inaccessible by traditional methods. 

    This course will discuss case studies where drones have been used to support or advance typical investigative and study approaches, demonstrate aerial photographic techniques, and apply photogrammetry for reliable project mapping and modeling. The course will also cover federal drone regulations, privacy issues, and industry best practices. 

    Attendees will receive hands-on training using provided, commercially-available aircraft. Flight training may be modified due to weather conditions.

    Intended Outcomes: 

    Attendees completing this course will understand many ways drone technologies may be used for geologic analysis, infrastructure monitoring, and environmental investigations. A thorough review of the scientific application of drones, including drone hardware, aerial cameras and instrumentation, flight techniques, and image processing will be provided through hands-on exercises.  This course will prepare attendees to make an informed decision about the proper application and limitations of drones for current and future projects.

    Who Should Attend:  If you are a geologist, engineer, scientist, or stakeholder interested in learning more about drones or starting your own UAS program, this one-day course will review drone applications and state-of-the-art techniques for using drones to monitor infrastructure and conduct site investigations.

    Non-Members: To save $100 off the cost of this course, Join PCPG today.

    • September 30, 2021
    • See order form
    To order a replacement certificate for a previously attended PCPG event, please complete the order form and remit payment.

    Replacement will occur only if attendee initialed the sign-in/sign-out sheet.

    During busy periods, certificate replacement may take 7-10 days.

    Questions? Contact Rose Jeffries by phoning (717) 730-9745.

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