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January 21, 2015

Commercial UAV EXPO Announces Early Backers

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Portland, Maine, USA, January 22, 2015 – Dozens of industry leaders have pledged their support for Commercial UAV Expo, event organizer SPAR 3D announced today.  The inaugural event will take place October 5-7, 2015 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Supporters include:

These industry leaders will lend their expertise and help shape the conference program as members of the Advisory Board:

  • Iain Allen, Senior Manager – GIS, Barrick Gold
  • Eric Andelin, LiDAR Services Technical Director, Michael Baker International
  • Gabriel Dobbs, Director of Policy and Business Development, Skycatch
  • Patrick Egan, Editor in Field, Americas Desk, sUAS News
  • Lewis Graham, President/CTO, GeoCue Group
  • Thomas Haun, VP of Global Strategy, PrecisionHawk
  • Dave Henderson, Director of Sales – Geospatial Solutions, Topcon Positioning Systems
  • Jesse Kallman, Head of Business Development and Regulatory Affairs, Airware
  • Curt Simon, Technology Director – CTO Office, BP
  • Colin Snow, Founder and CEO, Drone Analyst
  • Baptiste Tripard, Sales Manager, senseFly
  • Peter van Blyenburgh, President, Unmanned Vehicle Systems (UVS) International
  • Lucas van Oostrum, Chief Technology Officer, Aerialtronics

Advisory Board bios can be found here.

Exhibitors include UAV manufacturers, component and sensor manufacturers, software providers and service companies. These market-leaders have confirmed their participation:

  • AirGon, LLC
  • Leica Geosystems/Aibotix
  • NovAtel
  • PrecisionHawk
  • RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems
  • senseFly Ltd
  • Silicon Forest Electronics
  • Trimble Navigation
  • Topcon

These top trade media have signed on as media sponsors:

  • AEC Café
  • AEC Magazine
  • American Surveyor
  • ASM
  • Coordinates
  • Directions
  • Drone Analyst
  • Earth Imaging Journal
  • GeoConnexion
  • GeoInformatics
  • GeoMatics World
  • GIM International
  • Informed Infrastructure
  • LiDAR News
  • POB
  • Sensors & Systems
  • sUAS News
  • xyHT

“The list of supporters grows every day, as more and more business learn about the new event exclusively focused on the commercial UAV market in North America organized by SPAR 3D,” said Lisa Murray, Event Director. “SPAR 3D is known globally as a market leader in producing events and emedia for 3D imaging technologies. Many of the individuals, companies and media sponsors who have pledged their support know us from having had positive, successful results at other events we produce.”

One of those companies is Trimble. Todd Steiner, Trimble’s marketing director for geospatial imaging solutions, said, “Trimble is very excited to be a part of the inaugural Commercial UAV Expo in Las Vegas.  As the first commercial manufacturer of unmanned aerial systems to receive FAA approval for commercial operation of UAVs in the United States, we clearly see the incredible opportunities to leverage these exciting technologies to benefit our customers throughout a variety of industries from Surveying, Mapping & GIS, to Construction, Agriculture, Mining, Utilities, and much more.  The market is chomping at the bit to gain commercial access to UAV’s and with the US market beginning to open up, an event like this is well timed and will undoubtedly be well attended.  We are looking forward to participating!”  

To learn more about exhibiting at or attending Commercial UAV Expo, inquire here

About Commercial UAV Expo
Commercial UAV Expo is a conference and exhibition exclusively focused on the commercial UAV market in North America covering industries including Surveying & Mapping; Civil Engineering & Infrastructure; Mining; Construction; Process, Power & Utilities; Precision Agriculture; Law Enforcement, Security, Emergency Response, and more. It is organized by SPAR 3D. It will take place October 5-7, 2015 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. For more information, visit

About SPAR 3D
SPAR 3D organizes conferences and provides news and information for professionals involved in 3D data capture and imaging technologies. Content– delivered in-person and online– gives practitioners tools and information to make better business decisions. SPAR 3D organizes Commercial UAV Expo, International LiDAR Mapping Forum, SPAR Europe, European LiDAR Mapping Forum, SPAR International and SPAR Japan and publishes and SPARView. SPAR 3D is wholly-owned by Diversified Communications. For more information, visit  and

Lisa Murray, Director
Tel: 207-842-5468
[email protected]

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