Drones in Archaeology Workshop
Friday Afternoon – $10
Drones in Archaeology: Proposed Rule Changes, Systems, and Practical Applications John Moody and Tom Porawski of Timmins Martelle Heritage Consultants Inc. (TMHC) will run a workshop on flying small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) commonly known as drones weighing between 250 g and 25 kg. Under the current regulations, most non-recreational (i.e. academic and commercial) drone operations require a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) issued to operators by Transport Canada on a per flight basis which limits drone use for archaeological purposes. In light of the growing popularity and economic potential of drones, Transport Canada is proposing new regulations to address safety requirements which will make it more practical to operate a drone. To begin, we will review these proposed rule changes and discuss how it can benefit you the archaeologist. We encourage those interested to participate in the Transport Canada public consultation, which will take place before the OAS conference on October 13, 2017, to have your say (see https://letstalktransportation.ca/lets-talk-drones). After covering the legal and consent aspects of flying a drone, we will explore hardware and software that is available to you on the market. The workshop will also discuss the different types of data and images that can be collected and we will also share some of the lessons we learned while using drones in a cultural resource management setting. Our drone will be available for a demonstration and participants can take it for a test flight if weather permits.