A seminar giving attendees an in-depth look at current drone technology and its uses will be held at Southern Tech next week.
The real estate, agriculture, oil, gas and wind industries all use drones in some way, whether it’s just to take photos or to analyze a potentially-dangerous situation. Glenn Smith, vice president of Catastrophe Response Unit Adjusters teaches drone courses at Southern Tech. He said 75 people from the US and Canada have signed up to attend as of Tuesday.
“Most of these people are professionals, and this is just another tool in their tool box,” Smith said. “The name of the game is efficiency and safety, and this addresses both of those points.”
His company, CRU Adjusters, uses drones to conduct roof inspections after natural disasters, which is safer than sending workers onto damaged roofs. Smith said his company used drones in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Drones use software capable of taking photos and using algorithms to read different kinds of damage, down to how many shingles are missing.
“We never even leave the ground,” Smith said. “It makes that line of work a lot safer when you can do it all from the front yard.”
The event runs April 23-24 at the Southern Oklahoma Technology Conference Center on Sam Noble Parkway. Registration costs $75 for anyone interested in pursuing an unmanned aerial systems license and $50 for anyone  who brings a temporary or permanent license to the event. Registration includes lunch for both days, a welcome reception, interview sessions, observation of flight checks and flight check certifications for students who’ve completed UAS training.
“Few people understand what’s involved in being able to fly for hire,” Smith said. “It’s a rapidly growing industry and there’s a lot of different ways it can be utilized.”