Have a presentation, case study or workshop for the Energy Drone, Robotics & Data/AI communities?

We would like to invite you to submit presentations or case studies that address real world solutions, best practices, knowledge gained, lessons learned, ROI achieved and challenges remaining in vital topic areas of interest to the energy & engineering communities, including those listed below.

*Submittals by Energy End Users / Operators or with Energy End Users / Operators included have Preference for the 2020 Energy Drone & Robotics Summit & Expo.

Submit your topic today! The deadline to submit is October 31, 2019.


In addition to our Unmanned Systems content that covers the scope of major industry issues, we have three focused session streams:

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Example Topics of Interest:

Unmanned Systems

  • Opportunities for scaling up UAVs to increase safety, efficiency and profitability in critical infrastructure environments

  • Regulatory and policy updates, current and proposed (federal, state and local)

  • Fugitive emissions / methane detection and compliance

  • Risk management: legal, privacy, liability and insurance considerations

  • Energy UAV systems selection considerations and analysis of available platforms, payloads and systems that work best for energy assets

  • Field-testing UAVs: collision avoidance, LiDAR technologies, BVLOS, night ops

  • Pilot training, certifications for energy-specific projects with UAVs

  • UAVs / UAS for internal inspections and maintenance (boilers, pressure vessels, nuclear, storage tanks / terminals and pipelines)

  • UAVs for EH&S and industrial emergency response

  • Utilizing UAVs for regulatory compliance 

  • Drone detection / deterrence and counter-drone strategies for critical infrastructure

  • Operating UAVs in hazardous, critical infrastructure environments

  • Energy mapping and surveying specific UAV operations

  • Power systems for extended operations

  • Long linear inspections (pipelines and transmission lines)

  • Ultrasonic inspections with unmanned systems

  • BVLOS operations, planning and results

Data / Analytics / AI

  • Unmanned systems program management for the enterprise: considerations, costs, data collection, workflows, reporting

  • Managing the “data tsunami” and navigating the “data ocean” from unmanned systems data for fast results

  • Handling data needs from multiple internal customers / silos

  • New methods for analyzing data quickly, efficiently and accurately

  • Creating real-time actionable data with unmanned systems

  • Planning for data integration with current inspection / maintenance systems and workflows

  • Data and cybersecurity from unmanned systems data and analysis

  • New tools for digital unmanned data reporting and management

  • Data handling & analytics: integrating / harnessing UAV / robotics data and aligning with data captured from existing sources

    • Edge, fog and cloud computing

    • Data visualizations

  • AI / ML-enabled data analysis

  • Building an AI / ML system for accurate fault / anomaly analysis

  • Predictive maintenance and actionable business insights with unmanned and legacy data

  • Leveraging and managing large data sets: processing, sharing, storing

  • 3D imaging, surveying, mapping: tools & technologies

  • Maximizing GIS results with unmanned data

UAV Operations

  • AI / robotics / automation UAV & unmanned systems solutions

  • Best practices and case studies for UAV / unmanned systems operations in energy: asset management, infrastructure inspections, remote data collection, high-tech sensor deployment, reducing operational and personnel risks

  • Internal, external and hybrid UAV and robotics solutions and best practices

  • Real-world robotics (air, ground / surface and subsea) in energy operations: UGV, UUV, AUV and UAV

  • Developing and managing an energy company-wide unmanned systems program

  • Vetting UAS / UGV platforms, UAV & robotics services for energy- and engineering-specific operations

  • Operational considerations for the energy enterprise: codes, standards, certifications and best practices in energy facilities, including training and safety

  • UAV and robotics operator training and certifications

  • Innovative drone / robotics partnerships: industry / university collaboration, developments and opportunities

  • Facility & perimeter security and surveillance with UAVs and robotics

  • Corrosion detection and maintenance with unmanned systems

  • Business cases for unmanned systems in energy



Robotics / Automation

  • Opportunities for scaling up UAVs to increase safety, efficiency and profitability in critical infrastructure environments

  • Regulatory and policy updates, current and proposed (federal, state and local)

  • Fugitive emissions / methane detection and compliance

  • Risk management: legal, privacy, liability and insurance considerations

  • Energy UAV systems selection considerations and analysis of available platforms, payloads and systems that work best for energy assets

  • Field-testing UAVs: collision avoidance, LiDAR technologies, BVLOS, night ops

  • Pilot training, certifications for energy-specific projects with UAVs

  • UAVs / UAS for internal inspections and maintenance (boilers, pressure vessels, nuclear, storage tanks / terminals and pipelines)

  • UAVs for EH&S and industrial emergency response

  • Utilizing UAVs for regulatory compliance 

  • Drone detection / deterrence and counter-drone strategies for critical infrastructure

  • Operating UAVs in hazardous, critical infrastructure environments

  • Energy mapping and surveying specific UAV operations

  • Power systems for extended operations

  • Long linear inspections (pipelines and transmission lines)

  • Ultrasonic inspections with unmanned systems

  • BVLOS operations, planning and results

*Presentations / case studies must be non-commercial to be considered by the Industry Advisory Board


OUR Energy-SPECIFIC COMMUNITY OF END USERS INCLUDEs:


Oil & Gas Upstream / E&P: Onshore and Offshore • Oil & Gas Pipelines / Terminals / Storage • Power Generation • Power Transmission & Distribution • Wind / Solar / Renewable Power • Chemical / Petrochemical• Refining • Industrial Inspection • Energy Construction Projects • Energy Engineering • Environmental / Spill Emergency Response • Mining


Help us bring forward relevant UAV / Robotics / Data & AI topics in the Global Energy Community!

Let us know YOUR SPEAKER AND SESSION IDEAS FOR THIS EXCLUSIVE ENERGY industry EVENT TODAY!

**Submissions are due by October 31, 2019.**

Any questions? Feel free to contact Sean Guerre, Director, at seang@stonefortgroup.com or 713-489-6773 Ext. 700.


Who Attends the Energy Drone & Robotics Summit?

1,000+ Attendees. 100+ Leading Speakers. 100+ Focused Solution Providers.

The Energy Drone & Robotics Summit brings together a unique coalition of fellow energy unmanned systems experts and operators, regulators and drone / robotics hardware, software and data technology specialists… all specifically aimed at efficient, successful & safe operations globally around critical infrastructure facilities.

Just a few of the energy industries represented include:

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Interested in seeing who’s attended in the past? View the companies and short list here.


Energy & engineering companies who attend:

Why Attend the Energy Drone & Robotics Summit?

In addition to joining the largest gathering of energy drone & robotics leaders in the world, see for yourself…


By all accounts the Summit was a huge success. Energy Drone & Robotics Coalition did a fantastic job organizing what was one of the most informative and captivating conferences I have attended.
— Grant Guillot, Associate, Adams & Reese
I was very impressed with the summit! Looking forward to next year!
— Forrest Frazier, Director of Environmental Compliance & Remediation, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners
We are getting real value from attending and collaborating with the EDR Summit. It has become essential to our business and continued participation is part of our future plan.
— George Williamson, Manager - Upstream Engineering, BP
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 2019 Advisory Board

Energy Drone & Robotics Coalition is a ground-breaking resource with events, news and market intelligence that focuses specifically on the rapidly emerging drone and robotics technology being utilized and developed for all segments of the energy industry.

The challenges and solutions that we cover for our audience are directly sourced from the community and reviewed by these industry leaders on our Advisory Board.

Christine Asaro

UAV Project AdvisorSan Diego Gas & Electric

Assel Ayapova

Global Drone Program ManagerAES Corporation

Dean Barefield

UAS Program DirectorSouthern Electric Company

Larry Barnard

Downstream & Chemicals, Manufacturing - Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) GovernanceChevron

Eric Bitzko

Technical Services Supervisor, Pedernales Electric Cooperative

Todd Chase

Aviation Safety and Compliance Manager, Americas, Shell

Tony Cinson

Senior Technical Leader – NDE InnovationEPRI – Electric Power Research Institute

Diana Cooper

Vice President of Legal & Policy AffairsPrecisionHawk

Mitch Droz

Autonomous Systems PracticeAccenture Digital

Matt Dunlevy

President & CEOSkySkopes

Lisa Ellman

PartnerHogan Lovells

Jason Forte

Commercial SolutionsInsitu, Inc.

Tom Fries

Aviation Services Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric

Dyan Gibbens

Founder & CEOTrumbull Unmanned

Mark Hutcherson

Director, Operations Excellence – Knowledge/Innovation Lead, UAS Advisory TeamConocoPhillips

Christopher Korody

FounderDroneBusiness.Center

Tracy Lamb

VP of Regulatory & Safety Affairs and Chief Pilot, AUVSI

Suzanne Lemieux

UAS Lead and ManagerAPI

Eileen Lockhart

UAS Program ManagerXcel Energy

John McClain

Security Specialist – sUAS Chief PilotShell Deer Park

Scott McGowen

CEOPrecision Aerial Compliance Solutions

Travis Moran

Strategic PartnerWelund North America

Joseph Morgan

Robotic Systems Engineer – USGC Regional TES Tech Center, Dow Chemical Company

Joshua Olds

President & CEOUnmanned Safety Institute / Argus Unmanned

Sudhir Pai

Managing Director – Robotics, Schlumberger (former)

Landon Phillips

COO, DataWing Global

James Pierce

Supervisor, UAS OperationsAmeren

Steven Poirot

Operations & Safety Director, Aerial Data Management, WorleyParsons

Pierce Prater

Service Consultant Supervisor, Power Delivery Solutions, CenterPoint Energy

Marty Robinson

Global Robotics SystemsDow Chemical Company

Wayne Rodieck

Manager Aerial Analytics, Anadarko Petroleum

Patrick Saracco

VP Technology Solutions, Cyberhawk Innovations

Mark Small

Global Aviation Safety ManagerChevron

David Tyler

Manager, ITPuget Sound Energy

Jacob Velky

Manager, Unmanned Aerial SystemsDuke Energy

Barrett Walker

Manager, sUAS ProgramCheniere

Bryan Williams

UAS CoordinatorDuke Energy

George C. Williamson

SETA, Inspection, Testing and Commissioning Materials TeamBP America Inc., Upstream Engineering Centre

2019 Speakers

(Click the speakers to view their bios.)

2019 Agenda