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While multi-rotor drones have flexibility and can work in tight spaces, they may not have the enough range and cannot carry enough weight for large projects. Fixed-wing drones can often provide the solution needed for a large surveying or surface geology study. Welcome to an interview with Lyndon Nance, who discusses his experiences with large mapping projects in which he uses fixed-wing drones.

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Small drones, both fixed wing and multirotor, are tools well suited to capturing the imagery required for aerial mapping. The requirements for getting started in this business are less than one might think, but there's a significant difference between an attractive looking map and an accurate product. Welcome to an interview with Jeff Campbell, managing partner of Vertical Aspect, the managing partner of Vertical Aspect, a small company specializing in consulting, training and sales of products associated with UAV (drone) mapping.

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Don't get left behind! Drones and drone-derived digital data are the hottest growth areas around. Combine your geoscience knowledge with new technology, both on the data acquisition side (fly that drone!) and in the project design and data interpretation (make high-powered maps and see what no one else has seen!). AAPG is offering two courses and a two-day GTW to equip you with practical knowledge you can leverage into a great new career opportunity. Combining a workshop with two courses is a great way to expand your knowledge and save time in your already hectic schedule.'The New Opportunities with Drones: New Needs, FAA Rule Changes, New Technologies' workshop brings together experts, equipment providers, robotics experts, and others knowledgeable in a wide range of commercial drone usage, which includes monitoring in the oil industry, digital outcrop surveying, safety and security monitoring, utility inspection, real estate, agriculture, construction, environmental protection, and more. 'Working with Drone Data 101' short course, is beneficial to anyone interested in learning more about Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and how they can play a part in mapping and information services. Drones are used in the oil and gas industry from upstream to downstream, and in many other industries. The second course, 'Use of Surface Geochemistry in Petroleum Exploration' is a one day discussion of the use of surface geochemistry in petroleum exploration for conventional production. This course will help utilize an additional tool in the toolbox to find conventional oil and gas in mature to unexploited basins.

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Geoscientists have more opportunities than ever to make working with drones and drone data part of their skill set and services rendered. But, there are often a number of misconceptions, especially when getting started. Welcome to an interview with Michael Nash, who provides a reality check about drones and drone capabilities. Please note that the drones references are the small drones used by the general public, and are not the large UAVs used by the military and other entities.

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A drone-generated map can translate to a million-dollar cost saving, or new fields or offsets with millions of dollars of new revenue. It's a great ROI, and the potential is just now beginning to be explored. For example, high-definition digital images can, depending on the sensors used, result in maps that show previously undetected structures and also surface geochemical anomalies, such as oil and gas micro-seeps or haloes. Welcome to an interview with Jason Pedersen, Space City Drones (https://www.spacecitydrones.com/), who discusses the new equipment, techniques, and opportunities with drones.

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Operating drones is about to get a lot easier, with the implementation of Part 107, of FAA regulations. With that change, and the low cost of entry, experts expect to see explosive growth in all aspects of drone usage. New uses will be limited only by the imagination. Welcome to an interview with Marc Johnson, an engineer with 15 years in the oil industry, who builds and deploys drones for many different commercial applications.

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Technically, this falls under the topic of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in the Oil and Gas Sector. You’ll want to call them drones. Don’t. Or, if you must, think of these “vehicles” as softer, kinder drones, for while they have their origin in military applications, the technology has since made its way to the oil and gas industry, specifically in terms of pipeline inspection and assorted applications.

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Image control: Drones don’t always get good press – think spying, or even warfare. But drone technology, combined with precise photography, can make valuable contributions to the energy industry.

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Stealth apparently can come in all sizes so some countries are hesitant to accept the use of UAVs for research. Fortunately Norway is one of those places that have permitted geoscientists to drone on.

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Is that a UFO? Actually it is a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle), which is an airborne drone that is proving to be useful both onshore and offshore.

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Saturday, 25 September Sunday, 26 September 2021, 10:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.

Learn the high-level principles of five important topics in machine learning: neural networks; convolutional neural networks; support vector machines; principal component analysis; clustering methods. This short course is for physical scientists who have heard about Machine Learning (ML) and might know some details, but lack enough knowledge to assess ML applications in their specialty.

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Thursday, 30 September 2021, 8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Introduction to Machine Learning (ML) – providing definitions, fundamental concepts of inference and prediction and the opportunity and limitations of ML

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