Summit on Drone Geophysics 2021

2–5 November | Virtual Event


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2–5 November 2021
Virtual Event

The Summit on Drone Geophysics is a virtual conference scheduled to take place over four (4) days on 2-5 November 2021, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Central Time (US).

The first Summit on Drone Geophysics held in November 2020, was by all accounts, a huge success. The more than 130 registered attendees learned about the latest developments in the quickly evolving world of drone enabled magnetometry, electromagnetics, and ground penetrating, along with issues associated with acquiring geophysical data with a drone, and application use cases of drone geophysics technology. The upcoming Summit on Drone Geophysics will build and expand on the themes expressed in the first workshop by placing emphasis on drone geophysical applications.

The steering committee is seeking presentations on the following topic areas: 1) agriculture applications, 2) environmental geophysics & hydrogeophysics, 3) geohazards, 4) resource exploration & geologic mapping, 5) landmines & UXO, 6) multisensors & multiphysics, 7) data QA\QC & regulatory issues, and 8) transportation & infrastructure. Leaders in the application of drone geophysics for each of the topic areas have been invited to present a keynote presentation at the beginning of each session.

Workshop Format

2-5 November | 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM U.S. Central time | UTC -6

Registration Rates:

Professionals: US$200
Students: US$20

Registration opens 10 August 2021 and closes on 5 November 2021

Call for Abstracts:

Abstracts should be 500-600 words and contain 1 image/graph/table that is fully captioned.

Abstracts should be submitted to [email protected] with "2021 Summit on Drone Geophysics Abstract" in the subject line.



Morgan Sander-Olhoeft, co-chair
Laura Quigley, co-chair
Callum Walter
Cian Dawson
Irina Filina
Jan Francke
John Lane
Jose Arce
Lorraine Godwin
Nathan Campbell
Rainer Wackerle
Rina Hartmann
Ron Bell


For information e-mail: Laurie Whitesell

Become a Sponsor

Become a Sponsor

Sponsorship opportunities are available for this highly-anticipated virtual workshop. For more information regarding the virtual workshop or sponsorship opportunities, please email Laurie Whitesell. To sign up as a sponsor, please download and complete the application under Important Documents and fax it to +1 918-497-5558.

Platinum = $1000

  • Logo on website - large size with live link to sponsor’s website homepage
  • Logo on virtual program
  • Logo on break PPTs
  • Virtual Showcase on event webpage – promotional material in PPT format are acceptable. No pricing or sales material should be submitted.
  • 10 minute program presentation slots. Limit one per platinum sponsor. There are eight openings and will be assigned on a first
    come, first serve basis.

Gold = $500

  • Logo on website - medium size with link to sponsor’s website homepage
  • Logo on virtual program
  • Logo on break PPTs
  • Virtual Showcase on event webpage – promotional material in PPT format are acceptable. No pricing or sales material should be submitted.

Silver = $250

  • Logo on website - small with link to sponsor’s website homepage
  • Logo on virtual program
  • Logo on break PPTs

All sponsorship forms and payments must be received by 25 October 2021.

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Tom Pils, The Drone Lawyer, Complex drone operations - flying through the regulations


As the drone industry matures and new use-cases are developing, there is an evolving need to conduct complex drone operations. This typically includes Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS), autonomous operations, swarms, and other types of operations that sit outside the standard approved regulatory framework. Tom will look at some of the frameworks that facilitate the approval process so as to satisfy the regulator and allow the operator to conduct these types of operations.


Tom Pils is an Australian lawyer specialising in the area of drone law and the regulations surrounding this fascinating area of human ingenuity. Tom has represented drone operators being investigated by the regulator, worked with training schools to develop pragmatic commercial drone pilot content, and advised TV stations on sensitive drone operations. Tom has also written pieces for legal and non-legal publications and continues to promote drone law education, with advice and representation where needed. Tom and his associates continue the mission to be the lawyers in your corner of the sky.

 Dr. Jamey D. Jacob, Oklahoma State University, Airborne Sensing of Seismicity and Other phenomena

Biography: Jamey Jacob is the Director of the OSU Unmanned Systems Research Institute John Hendrix Chair and Professor of Aerospace Engineering in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Oklahoma State University. His current efforts are focused on observation and measurement applications of unmanned aircraft and their enhanced operation in the national airspace for commercial and industrial applications. He is currently lead on a $5 million NASA project using autonomous aircraft to aid in future weather prediction and      reporting for advanced aerial mobility applications, including drones and urban air taxis. He received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1990 and his M.S and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and 1995, respectively. He was a National Research Council Summer Faculty Fellow in the Air Force Research Laboratory and received the SAE Ralph Teetor Award, the Lockheed Martin Teaching Award, and the OSU Regents Distinguished Teaching Award, among other teaching and mentoring awards. He serves on numerous committees and teams working on AAM integration, including the Governor’s Aerospace and Autonomous Systems Council. He is a native Oklahoman and dedicates much of his efforts to K-12 education, STEM workforce development, and increasing diversity in engineering and science.

Markku Pirttijärvi, Radai Oy Oulu, Applying Fixed Wing UAV Geophysics to Resource Exploration, A Few of the Lessons Learned


Markku Pirttijärvi is a geophysicist with special interest on numerical modelling and inversion of electromagnetic (EM) and potential field methods (gravity and magnetics). He studied geophysics (1985-1992) at the University of Oulu in Finland. His PhD thesis (2003), under the supervision of Prof. Sven-Erik Hjelt, delt with numerical modelling and inversion of EM data using integral equation method. In 2003-2005, he specialized in potential field methods in crustal model studies and started making graphical user interface (GUI) software for various geophysical applications. In 2005-2014, when working as a lecturer of applied geophysics in Oulu University, he continued making educational geophysical software some of which are freely available (

In 2015, Markku joined Radai Oy, a Finnish start-up company that aimed for geophysical surveying with UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles). At first, Radai focused on magnetic surveys. With a combination of a fixed-wing drones, a 3-component flux-gate magnetometer, and the equivalent layer modelling (ELM) method, Radai managed to achieve good data quality cost-effectively. During the last five years Radai has successfully finished over 40000 line-km of magnetic surveys. Currently, Markku is working on a novel drone-based EM system (Louhi) and hopes to get his 3D EM inversion program working soon.

Jamin Greenbaum, University of California at San Diego, UAVs for Antarctica: Autonomous, long-range aircraft are needed to characterize and monitor rapidly melting glaciers and ice shelves


Dr. Jamin Greenbaum is an Assistant Research Geophysicist focused on the polar regions. His research seeks to understand the drivers of glacier change in the Arctic and Antarctic to improve predictions of global sea level rise. He applies a variety of observational techniques (especially airborne) to address fundamental questions, including: What processes are responsible for coastal glacier thinning and retreat? How will these processes evolve in a warming climate? What novel platforms and approaches are best applied in areas where conventional platforms struggle to operate? His work is interdisciplinary and international and his group currently maintains close collaborations in Australia, Canada, China, France, Italy, Japan, and the Republic of Korea.

Helen McCreary, Ohio UAS Center, The Multiple Applications of UAS Geophysics in Ohio


Helen McCreary has an MSc in Archaeological Geophysics from the University of Bradford in England, and is currently working towards a PhD focusing on drone multispectral survey. She has been flying drones for five years, and has been working as a pilot, data specialist and program analyst for the Ohio UAS Center since December 2019. The Ohio UASC carries out a wide variety of missions with many different sensors, including magnetometry surveys to find oil and gas well heads, airborne GPR surveys for archaeological and environmental purposes, gamma radiation surveys to support the Ohio Department of Health, and photogrammetry surveys using visible light, thermal, and multispectral sensors.

Alastair McClymont, BGC Engineering, Using drones for archaeology investigations of Holocaust sites in Lithuania and Poland


Alastair McClymont is a professional geophysicist with BGC Engineering Inc. and has over 15 years of experience in the application of diverse near-surface geophysical techniques to geotechnical assessments, contaminated site remediation, groundwater studies, and archaeological investigations. In addition to research publications and media interviews, Alastair’s contributions to Holocaust research have been featured in documentaries, including Holocaust Escape Tunnel (2017) and The Good Nazi (2018)

Mick Emil Kolster and Arne Døssing, CMAGTRES group, Improving data while reducing risks: How UAVs are redefining magnetic surveying for Unexploded Ordnance


Mick Emil Kolster

Specializes in UAV based geophysical surveying, with primary emphasis on geomagnetic measurements and the associated inverse problems of UXO detection and discrimination. Experienced UAV surveyor, routinely performing surveys and inversions for both scientific and industrial applications.

Arne Døssing

Solid-Earth physicist. Started CMAGTRES group in 2016 following several major grants within UAV-based magnetic surveying. Background in gravity, magnetics and deep seismic data. Since 2016, focusing on UAV-based magnetic systems and data processing in relation UXO, archaeology and geology.

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Important Dates

Call for abstracts closed:
20 September 2021

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