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April 27, 2024


Time: 12:30-15:30

Topic: Interactive Drone Demonstration at BCIT

Speaker: Eric Saczuk, BCIT

Abstract: On Saturday, April 6th, 2024, Dr. Eric Saczuk will be conducting the following demos 1.. A multi-spectral photogrammetry image capture flight using a DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise 2. Demonstration of the SoarAbility 4D gas sniffer. The demos will take place in the playing field at the BCIT campus in Burnaby, BC.

The goal of demo 1 is to demonstrate the semi-autonomous capture of overlapping multi-spectral images for subsequent photogrammetric reconstruction in Agisoft MetaShape structure from motion software. The goal of demo 2 is demonstrate the real-time capture of a different gases using the SoarAbility 4D gas sniffer mounted on a DJI M350 aircraft.

Bio: Eric (Arek) Saczuk, Ph.D., Fellow International, The Explorers Club, Nikon Professional Services Photographer.

Born in Poland, Eric presently resides in Vancouver, BC, Canada with his family. With a Ph.D. in remote sensing and a short stint in the Canadian Air Force, he has spent the last 25 years teaching, most recently at BCIT where he Heads the RPAS Hub. Eric loves exploring the applications of RPAS across a variety of sectors and he is also the Flight Operations Lead for InDro Robotics.

Through his company, Space Hog Graphics, he has found a means of using his artistic talents to help underprivileged children in Nepal gain access to healthcare and education. With a deep passion for adventure travel to off-the-beaten path destinations, his photographs feature prominently in the short documentaries “Beyond the Gates of Phu” (2013) and “Colours of Edziza” (2015).