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Upcoming events

    • September 28, 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Chester County Public Safety Training Campus, Coatesville, PA
    • 6
    Registration is strictly limited to 32 enrollments, and we do not maintain a wait list.

    Chester County Public Safety Training Campus
    137 Modena Rd.
    Coatesville, PA 19320       DIRECTIONS

    7:30 Registration Opens

    8:00 - 5:00 Seminar, with breaks/lunch provided.

    Prior drone flight experience is highly recommended but not required.  Attendees may consider purchasing an inexpensive (less than $50) microdrone to fly before this course.

    Agenda/Instructor Bios:  Download


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

    Course Description:
    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 3-dimensional photogrammetry can be used to document site environmental conditions, evaluate structural geology, conduct fracture trace analysis, monitor sinkholes and subsidence, record mass movement, delineate wetlands, and find paleontological specimens.  Drones equipped with scientific instruments such as telephoto lenses, thermal cameras, multispectral imagers, geophysical devices, and chemical sensors 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 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.

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

    • September 30, 2019
    • 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 sheet, and for events prior to May 2010, only if registrar is able to verify that the attendee checked-in at the registration table.

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

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

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