Mapping the Seabed Using UAVs and Semi-autonomous Vessels

Experience Level: Any level of experience

UAVs are in every technician's toolbox. Surveyors use UAVs for volume computations and topographic mapping, integrity engineers for inspections at height or confined spaces. 

Data is easy to capture but can be difficult to manipulate. How much of this depends on the UAV, the sensors and payloads, along with operator proficiency. 

How can we integrate UAV data into currently existing datasets or even combine UAV captured data with other spatially referenced data such as shallow water bathymetry. 

This webinar will discuss the evolution of the UAV, available sensors, combining spatially referenced data and why choosing the right payload fwill ultimately determine how efficient your drone program is. 

Learning Objectives:

1. Picking an UAV involves an understanding of the sensors and payload capability 

2. Understanding of spatial information collected and how to merge or ensure seamless coverage 

3. Evolution of UAVs and operator proficiency 

1 PDH (NY Pending)


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Shelly Leighton, P.Eng., CLS


Advanced Access Engineering

Shelly Leighton graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a degree in Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering. She spent a number of years working in the offshore oil and gas construction support industry as an offshore surveyor and data processor.

She began flying UAVs in 2015 for aerial photogrammetry of a large dam construction project in Northern Canada. This lead her to starting Advanced Access Engineering with her partner, Matt.

Shelly's company was the first in North America to be recognized under DNV for Remote Inspection Techniques (using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) and the second in North America under a similar scheme for Lloyd's Register. 

She is also the President of the Canadian Drone Institute, which provides online training for basic and advanced Transport Canada UAV exams. She is currently working on a BVLOS program for Canadian airspace. 


Live event: 06/01/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT) You must register to access.