On February 6-8, Jordan Kowenski and David Graves presented at the Florida Shore and Beach Preservation Association's 32nd Annual National Conference on Beach Preservation Technology. This year, it was hosted at the new Embassy Suites by Hilton in St. Augustine, Florida.
In addition to our usual fun of exhibiting the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at our booth this year, SurvTech also got the opportunity to present on our expertise in the field of aerial surveys. Teaming with Chis Baumberger from CSA, Jordan told the audience about the capabilities of our UAV when outfitted with a multispectral sensor.
Together, Chris and Jordan explained how seagrass surveys can be enhanced with advanced aerial imagery, yielding accurate results that increase efficiency over traditional methods. With our UAV on display in the conference room, they presented actual survey results and comparison of data collection methods.
The next day, David Graves showed the conference attendees the many types of data sets that can be collected using unmanned survey technology. With a collection of impressive imagery collected by Jordan's suite of UAV's along with some hydrographic data, David presented the results of unmanned survey by air and by sea. Our own custom-made unmanned survey vessel (USV) was also a topic of discussion.
We really appreciated the chance to meet the great people who make up this organization and discuss the ways these folks are working to preserve natural and economic resources. We especially appreciate the folks at CSA for inviting us to talk about their hard work and envision the future of natural resource survey.
P.S. The food at the Salt Life Food Shack across the street was fantastic!