This past weekend (Nov. 3rd & 4th), the Connecticut Association of Land Surveyors, Inc. (CALS) held their 50th annual conference in Rocky Hill. This special event also hosted the 5th annual North East Surveying Societies (NESS) conference. NESS is comprised of associations from seven states. Elevated Solutions and Earth Image exhibited their drone mapping, hydrographic and GPS surveying technology services.
The keynote speaker for the symposium was Dr. Joseph Paiva, who presented on the topic of “Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Surveying and Mapping”.
Dr. Paiva’s past appointments include vice president at Sokkia Technology, Inc., and Trimble; COO at Gatewing; and independent consultant to a large selection of companies engaged in geomatics product development and sales. He is currently the CEO & Principal at GeoLearn, which provides dynamic and comprehensive continuing education courses for land surveyors and other geospatial professionals.
Dr. Paiva’s keynote presentation covered the broad topic with an informative overview of the many details required to institute a successful program. The emphasis of safety was never overlooked. During the program, John Windels (Elevated Solutions) was asked by Dr. Pavia to assist with the instruction. John educated the attendees by discussing and displaying some of Elevated Solutions’ equipment and processes, followed by a question and answer session. “It was an honor to assist Dr. Pavia. He is an expert within this industry that has recognition and validity. I was additionally pleased when Dr. Pavia discussed the potential of working together on a future assignment.”
Elevated Solutions was only one of two drone based exhibitors. BirdsEyeView Aerobotics was there displaying their FireFLY6 Pro. This awesome VTOL platform is capable of acquiring up to 500 acres of data on a single flight of over 50 minutes. The primary market for this platform is surveying and mapping. The team at BirdsEyeView is just as great – dedicated and personable. The VTOL system that they have developed is not only a great performer, but has addressed many of the pitfalls associated with fixed wing aircraft. They have done this while maintaining a price point that is affordable to most professionals. Don’t be surprised if you see Elevated Solutions on your job site with a FireFLY6 Pro…a sensible platform addition with an RTK option.
Overall, the conference was a big success. The attendees seemed gratified to converge and learn about new systems and technologies. We enjoyed meeting new industry professionals and leaders. We are already looking forward to what next year will bring.