Speakers Bio & Abstract

Venkatesh Sai Chief Technical Officer
ZUPPA Big Data Acquisition

BiographyVenkatesh Sai is the Co-Founder and CTO of Sree Sai Aerotech Innovations Pvt. Ltd. (SSAI). A prodigal technologist who honed his embedded control electronic skills on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs aka Drones), Venkat started flying Remote Controlled Aero Models at the age of 10 and taught himself Embedded Coding at 15 while still at school. He won the IIT Mumbai Techfest 2009 Aero Modeling Event competing against 62 engineering college teams. He was a UAV test Pilot and integrated systems for leading organizations like NAL, DRDO and Anna University even before he entered college. He has applied for a patent for the UAV autopilot that he developed which is a control system that works independently both in the air and on the ground. He co-founded SSAI along with his father to explore the opportunities arising from big data acquisition and is exploring a host of applications in the UAV space as well.Abstract How Infrastructure and Construction Companies can leverage UAV-based MappingUAV based Mapping is attracting attention because it fundamentally changes the speed and accuracy with which areas can be surveyed and mapped. There are technical challenges, imaging requirements and processing workflows that have to be put into place. They are worth considering because the advantages far outweigh the initial teething issues.

UAVs have an advantage in that they can fly along a prescribed path and capture the topography with all the contours and natural indentations. However, the data needs to be processed in a way that makes it easy to understand, explain and communicate to the stakeholders involved.

The ones who take the lead will be the survey, infrastructure and construction companies who are looking for new tools and processes. They will find that this is an invaluable innovation that will redefine markets.

My talk will cover interesting personal interactions I have had with very senior surveyors and I would like to demystify the use of UAVs in large area mapping and surveys to help leverage and popularise this unique mapping method.