This stream uncovers the versatility of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and their practical applications for business and government. Join business leaders who have incorporated drones into their operations, futurist, government officials and researchers as they expose the heights that drone use will reach over the next ten years.


President of the Australian Association for Unmanned Systems



Innovator, Scientist and Technologist


CEO, Roy Hill Holdings


Co-Founder, Propeller


Executive Manager, Institute for Agriculture and Environment


Drone Project Manager, Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB)



Team Lead - Innovation, REA Group



Associate Professor, La Trobe University



Who should attend:

    Anyone involved in capturing, processing and utilising remotely sensed data including:
  • Heads of Technology
  • Asset Owners and Operators
  • Farmers & Crop Consultants
  • EPCs (Engineering/Procurement/Construction)
  • AECs (Architects/Engineers/Construction)
  • Surveyors
  • Project Managers
  • First Responders and Law Enforcement
  • Film Producers and Directors
  • Drone operators and enthusiasts
  • Marketers

  • Industries served:
  • Surveying & Mapping
  • Civil Infrastructure
  • Tourism
  • Film and Television
  • Mining
  • Construction
  • Process, Power & Utilities
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Law Enforcement/Security/Search and Rescue (SAR)

Why Attend:

  1. Uncover operational, cost and safety advantages drones can bring to your organisation
  2. Learn how drones are being exploited across Australia's business ecosystem
  3. Hear how regulatory updates are enabling greater use of drones in public
  4. Learn where to find drone building, operating and maintenance talent
  5. Discover why drones are being fitted with sophisticated sensors, enhanced digital technology, GPS and LIDAR systems


Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Chairperson: Dr Reece Clothier, President of the Australian Association for Unmanned Systems

11:10 | Case Study: Uncovering the Versatility and Power of Drone to Business in a Connected World

  • Exploring examples of drone use in various industries
  • How will UAVs impact business over the next five years?

Dr Catherine Ball, Innovator, Scientist and Technologist

11:30 | Case Study: Amazon's Drone Delivery Program

  • Cutting edge US policy & legislation
  • Current Legislation in Australia

Professor Sara Smyth, Associate Professor, La Trobe University

11:50 | Uncovering the Benefits of Using Drones for Site Management

  • How drone acquired data and analytics can transform outdoor site and asset management
  • How to ensure the accuracy and quality of drone acquired data meets the standards required by enterprises and government organisations 
  • Using visualisations to remotely survey, inspect and collaborate

Francis Vierboom, Co-Founder, Propeller

12:10 | Machine Vision: Leaping into the Near Future

  • A look at the technology: Drones, Driverless Tractors, IoT
  • Leveraging the technology to effectively monitor crops
  • Understanding the technology so that it works for you
  • Looking to the future - what next for machine vision?

Kevin Norman, Executive Manager, Institute for Agriculture and Environment

12:30 | Uncovering Drone Benefits and Our Safety Landscape

  • Safety first: What is the importance of drones?
  • Saving time, resources and money- what software is available?
  • Testing and certifications: don’t get left behind

Aaron Holman, Drone Project Manager, Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB)

12:50 | Case Study: Utilising Drones for Real-time Google Street Style Property Viewings

  • Letting clients view properties remotely in real time
  • Location, Location: Facilitating great understanding of property location
  • Uncovering the results of drone use at REA group

Luke Chadwick, Team Lead - Innovation, REA Group