Conference Presentations

Speed, Safety, and Savings – How a drone aided Peachland during a landslide emergency – PWABC Conference


Brendan Pauls has been working as a GIS Specialist with Urban Systems since 2008. In this time, he has established himself as an expert in data management, organization, and presentation. Brendan will be speaking at the upcoming Public Works Association of British Columbia (PWABC) Conference being held in Penticton BC. Brendan’s formal training is in GIS, and he is skilled at applying the technology for analytical purposes and cartography. Here is a synopsis of his PWABC presentation:

Speed, Safety, and Savings – How a drone aided Peachland during a landslide emergency

Monday, September 18th from 3:15-4:15

On January 6th, 2017, the District of Peachland experienced a landslide along Renfrew Road. The slide caused debris to fall onto Highway 97, blocking the southbound lane. Renfrew Road was significantly undercut, and the sewer main was severed. Peachland called on Urban Systems to assist them during this emergency, and among other things, one of the tools the company deployed was a UAV (drone). This presentation will step through the slide response and rebuilding efforts, with a focus on: the logistics behind managing multiple stakeholders; sewer containment; damage assessment and design; how the UAV benefitted the project by providing critical information in a safe, efficient manner, and; approach to an alternate procurement method due to time constraints.

Here is a quick video showcasing some of our drone footage from the project.

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