Drones For Business Seminar and Course

Drones For Business Seminar and Course

Many organisations believe drones can improve their business. If you are involved in agriculture, infrastructure, construction, forestry or mining, drones probably can help you.

But what can a drone actually do? And how do we actually do it? Sign up below to find out.


There are two parts to this event:

Free Half Day

A free seminar to set the scene on regulation, drone technology, business application and legal compliance.

NZCAA, Airways, commercial drone operators and compliance managers will present, with ample time for discussion and interaction.

If you are a manager, service provider, aviation professional or individual looking to understand how UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) can help your business’s bottom line, this seminar is for you

Register For the free half day seminar


Two Days (paid course, $1786.47 incl. GST, per person)

Hands-on training on survey types and outputs, setting up an aerial survey from start to finish, doing a survey and reviewing the results.

After completing the course, attendees will:
1. Understand the potential for drone technology in their organisation
2. Know how to “operationalise” drones in their organisation
3. Be able to set up a survey that is legal, safe and likely to be accurate
4. Be able to execute a competent and safe survey.

This course won’t teach you to fly a drone manually; we assume you already have some UAV experience. Instead, we want to take your skills and knowledge to the next level where you can turn a UAV into an effective data gathering platform for your business.

Register for paid two day course




8.00: Registration
9.00: Introduction
9.10: Overview of regulation, followed by open discussion (CAA)
9.40:  Air Share and available resources (Airways)
10.10: Morning Tea (Courtesy of Ferntech)
10.40: Drone Qualification Programme: principles and objectives discussion (Service IQ)
11.00: Which drone is right for my project? (Ferntech)
11.15: Drone and sensor technology overview (DroneMate)
11.50: Commercial drone operations (DroneMate)
12.20: NMIT wrap up
12.30 Networking opportunity (Lunch provided for paid workshop attendees)


Paid course begins

2.00: 2-day course objective: the basics of commercial UAV surveying
2.15: Survey purposes and parameters (agriculture, mining, construction etc)
3.00: Sample survey set up case study.
4.00: Map making – run through of Pix4D and inputs
4.45: Wrap up

Day 2
8.30: Review of yesterday
8.45: Equipment: what do you need to operate a drone survey unit?
9.30: Data management – run through sample system, data workflow and information management
10.15: Break
10.30: Hand out survey case studies to groups (max 8 people per group). Each case study is different (ag, quarry, beach etc). Each group creates a Mission Plan
11.15: Groups travel to site, set up and conduct survey (2 drones in each group). Each group will have a DroneMate and an NMIT person.
3.00: Back at base, each group presents observations and demos their data (15 mins each)
4.30: Wrap up. DroneMate process the data overnight.


Day 3
8.30: Recap of yesterday- learnings from field work
9.00: Open review of the maps and how each group managed
10.30: Break
10.45: Regulation, compliance and risk management- what could have been done better and safer?
11.45: Wrap up and review of course, follow up matters, feedback survey
12.00: Finish



Register For the free half day seminar

Register for paid two day course