Webinar looks at unmanned aerial vehicle use in the energy field

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- How the use of unmanned aerial vehicles -- commonly called UAVs -- will change operations in the oil and natural gas industries will be the topic of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.

This presentation, from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sept. 17, will be presented by Rob Schwarz, president of Remote Intelligence LLC. He will discuss various types of UAVs and their potential uses for the energy industry.

"UAV technology is an important tool in our current world," said Schwarz. "Proper use of this technology is providing significant cost savings and an increase in human safety on the job site as well as environmental conservation."

The webinar will feature examples of imagery and 3-D models. The process for Federal Aviation Administration 333 exemption also will be covered.

The webinar is free, but registration is necessary. To register, visit the Penn State Extension Natural Gas Events Web page. More information is available on the website or by contacting Carol Loveland at 570-320-4429 or at cal24@psu.edu .

Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team provides monthly webinars on a variety of topics. Upcoming webinars include the following:

--Oct. 15: "Public, Animal, and Environmental Health -- An Early One-Health Look at the Issues," presented by David Wolfgang, extension veterinarian and co-director of the Center for Animal Care and Health in Penn State's Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences.

--Nov. 19: "LNG Export," presented by Tom Murphy, director, Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research.

--Dec. 17: "Royalties for Wet Gas Production," presented by Dan Brockett, educator, Penn State Extension Marcellus Education Team.

Previous webinars, publications and information also are available on the Penn State Extension natural-gas website, covering a variety of topics such as Act 13; seismic testing; methane emissions; water use and quality; natural gas liquids regional development; natural gas reserves; gas-leasing considerations for landowners; legal issues surrounding gas development; and the impact of Marcellus gas development on forestland.

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Last Updated September 11, 2015