Cancelled: The Big Picture: Geologic and Environmental Applications of Drones (420 mins.)

  • September 18, 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

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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.

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