Event Profile

Drone Workshop Webinar Series: All Seven Webinars

June 17 — December 16, 2020


Online registration is currently closed, but spaces are still available. If you would like to register for this series and receive past webinar recordings, please contact Gail Patterson at (360) 816-1450 or gail@nwppa.org.

Who Should Attend:

Anyone interested in creating and maintaining a drone program, or who wants further information on drone use within the public power industry.

Series Overview:

Through this monthly series of presentations, leading experts will discuss the use of drones and the value they can add to your organization today. There is no need to wait for future advancements. The future is now.

The commercial adoption of drones is growing quickly, and public power utilities are no exception. Drones provide a practical solution for the inspection of transmission and distribution lines, as well as substations. Drones support business efforts to avoid hazardous man-hours; reduce costs for maintenance, inspections, and repairs; and minimize downtime. Ground crews, lineworkers, plant managers, and engineers have all found value by bringing a drone into their utility. Organizations are also using drones and providing actionable inspection data on thousands of utility poles and towers across the United States.

Federal regulations, such as the current restrictions on flying drones beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS), are a common topic of discussion in the industry. Some organizations are already testing BVLOS operations. Certainly the use of drones in T&D will grow even faster as regulations are loosened and better airspace management and waiver application tools become available.

Why Use Drones? (June 17, 2020)

Topics include:

  • Data
  • Efficiency and response
  • Risk
  • Return on investment

Setting Up a Drone Program (July 15, 2020)

Topics include:

  • Drone program management and functions
  • Operations manual
  • Pilots and pilot training
  • Data architecture
  • Data collection
  • Data engineering

Integrating a Drone Operation into Existing Utility Policies (August 19, 2020)

Topics include:

  • Existing safety and policy review
  • Writing a compatible UAS operations manual
  • Commission and board support
  • Public outreach

You Have Drones, Now What Do You Do with Them? (September 16, 2020)

Topics include:

  • How to conduct inspections
  • Training requirements
  • Use cases

LiDAR Mapping with Drones (October 21, 2020)

Topics include:

  • Georeferencing
  • Tactical vs. mid-range vs. long-range
  • Camera options
  • Uses: topography (DTM-DEM), solar inspection, monitoring of infrastructure, wind turbines, and powerlines
  • LiDAR point cloud files (.las)
  • Real-time kinematic (RTK) vs. post-processing kinematic (PPK) for improving GPS positioning accuracy

Procedures, Products, and Maintenance: UAV Systems Protection (November 18, 2020)

Topics include:

  • Using procedures developed from both general and industry specific guidelines
  • Products and elements to avoid
  • Using cleaning measures that will not affect field performance or cause long-term damage
  • Following checklists
  • The maintenance system

Importance of Training: Keeping Current and Compliant (December 16, 2020)

Topics include:

  • Factory-specific training
  • FAA regulations, industry insurance, and flight training requirements
  • Aviation terminology and sharing air space

Webinar Schedule:

Each webinar will be held from 9-10 a.m. Pacific Time. Attendees will be admitted 15 minutes before the webinar begins.

Note: Recordings of each webinar are available to registrants after the live webinar.

How to Participate:

Instructions will be emailed to attendees 12 hours before each webinar and we recommend that you test the link to the meeting as soon as you get the instructions. The webinar is best viewed using Chrome as your browser. We recommend that you use a landline for both your phone and your internet connections.

Webinar Fees:

Please visit the event pages for individual webinar pricing.

Individual Attendee Registration: All Seven Webinars:

    Utility Member Rate: $285
    Associate Member Rate: $430

Unlimited Attendee Registration: All Seven Webinars*:

    Utility Member Rate: $715
    Associate Member Rate: $1,075

*If your organization would like to send multiple attendees to this webinar or the full series, please contact Dale Mayuiers at (360) 816-1448 or dale@nwppa.org for further details.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations are accepted, with full refund, if request is made at least 30 days prior to the course. Within 30 days, fees are as follows: 15-29 days, $100; 1-14 days or no show, 100% of registration fee. When possible, please send a substitute instead of canceling; NWPPA does not charge a fee for substitutions.

For More Information:

To find out more about this course, to register, or to learn about other events, view the Training and Event Catalog.