confluence connects

March 14, 2019

UAS Applications for Water Utilities


Reverse Pitch: Regional Water Utilities Discuss UAV Technology Uses and Needs  

WHAT: CONFLUENCE CONNECTS hosted by WBI & The Entrepreneur Center
WHEN: March 14, 5:00-7:30PM
WHERE: 444 East 2nd Street, Dayton, OH 45402 

We are at the forefront of a new era of technology: Unmanned Aerial Systems, UAS, the software, and the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, UAV, the hardware.  Our region is uniquely qualified to be a global leader in the development of drone applications in water technology.  See background below.*

Today, we will use the Confluence Reverse Pitch format and hear directly from our regional water utilities about what they need and how they are currently using drones to address challenges. We are hearing high interest in actionable data-collection, more powerful LEDs, dynamic sensors, machine learning and advancement in cameras.  

Be there to hear the answers and ask your questions.  


5:00PM - Registration & Networking

6:00PM - Welcome and Introductions
Joe Sciabica, President, UTC, and Board Chairman, Confluence
Scott Koorndyk, President, The Entrepreneurs Center, Board Member, Confluence
Special Guest, Deborah Dirr, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Admin.

6:10 PM - Program - Reverse Pitch - UAV Applications for Water Utilities

- Michele Simmons, Environmental Manager, City of Dayton Water Department  

- Cheri Woody, Treatment Supervisor, Greater Cincinnati Water Works  

- Eric Saylor, Chief Stormwater Engineer, City of Cincinnati

- Jeff Schuchter, Engineering Manager, Northern Kentucky Water District

- Vince DiGirolamo, Database Administrator, Northern Kentucky Water District

- Ryan Herman, UAS Analyst, Planning and Development Services Kenton County

UAV Experts:

Frank Deafore, Executive Director, SelectTech Geospatial

Daniel Cyphers, President, Skyward, Ltd. 

7:30PM - Program Ends  


Our region's history:

  • Birthplace of flight (Dayton, 1903) 

  • Birthplace of US water technology innovation (Cincinnati, 1913).

Our national assets: 

  • Air Force Research Institute,

  • US EPA Risk Management Research Lab

Our universities:

  • The Confluence Water Research Consortium of top regional universities

Water test beds:

  • Great Miami River

  • Ohio River

  • Lakes and streams

  • 1.5 trillion gallon Great Miami Buried Valley Aquifer

Water utility testing:

  • Confluence Regional Utility Network - Our region has 90 water utilities in a 100 mile radius looking for solutions.

    Beer, wine and appetizers will be provided. The event is open to vendors, utilities, researchers, developers, entrepreneurs, government officials, investors, universities and all Confluence stakeholders.

We look forward to seeing you on March 14.

Best regards,
Melinda Kruyer
Executive Director