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Dalby Drone Industry Forum and UAV Challenge


Following the success of the region’s first drone forum in 2016, Western Downs Regional Council proudly presented the Dalby Drone Industry Forum 2018.

Innovations in UAV (Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle) automation – commonly known as drones – have huge potential across both traditional and non-conventional aviation industries: from agriculture and construction industries through to resources and local government. The sky’s the limit when it comes to harnessing drone technology for your business.

The forum was a free one-day event, with presentations by key industry experts across the aviation sector and other areas such as agriculture, mining and energy.  Topics included the future of the drone industry, drone regulations and strategies and mapping.

Exhibitors stalls provided the opportunity for one-one-one discussions about current and future drone usage, rules & regulations and more.







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Our MC and keynote speaker

Jim Coyne
BEng (Hons), MSc

View Jim’s presentation here

UAS International’s Technical Director since 2014, Jim has been working in RPAS research, regulation and development across the Asia Pacific for over a decade. A former CASA senior manager, Jim was the Australian representative and former co-chair of the International Civil Aviation Organisation Unmanned Aircraft Systems Study Group from 2009 until 2014, where he helped steer the development of international standards for unmanned aircraft systems. Because of his international work, Jim was named as one of the top 50 most influential individuals in Asia’s UAS industry. Jim is also the co-author of Drones in Society — Exploring the Strange New World of Unmanned Aircraft, which was published in December 2016.

Our Presenters


Stefan Hrabar

Stefan Hrabar is a Principal Research Scientist and founding member of CSIRO’s Data61 Robotics and Autonomous Systems Group, one of the leading robotics research groups in the world. Stefan has over 16 years’ experience in drone autonomy, playing a key role in a number of world-leading drone innovations right here in Queensland (including the SmartSkies and ResQu projects, and the ongoing HoverMap campaign). Stefan has lead research and development in the newest and most exciting aspects of drone technology, from LiDAR-based mapping and collision avoidance, and 3D mission planning and visualisation, to autonomous BVLOS flight in GPS-denied environments. Stefan also represents Australia in the International Forum for Aviation Research (IFAR) and has done so since 2016.

Meg Kummerow

View Meg’s presentation here

After a successful 18 months at the helm of Flying Ag Australia, Meg Kummerow decided to branch out on her own to focus on the needs of the Australian agricultural industry: so, Fly the Farm was established. Focusing on finding the right drone solutions for farmers and agribusiness professionals, Meg’s knowledge and know-how of the grains industry means she can provide world-class results for local producers. Meg is currently an Independent Director and Executive Officer at the Grains Research Foundation, as well as an active member of the Australian Sunflower Association and the Australian Summer Grains Conference.

Loren Otto

View Loren’s presentation here

Loren Otto is the co-founder of AirBorn Insight, a Toowoomba based technology company with a passion for extracting meaningful insights from drone data. With a focus on aerial surveying, mapping and 3D modelling, Loren uses the latest in data processing technology across industries from agriculture to environmental monitoring. No stranger to the Western Downs, Loren’s most recent project includes aerial mapping of the Darling Downs Solar Farm in Kogan. With over 15 years of industry experience, Loren has a wealth of knowledge in the UAV field.

Jerome Leray

Jerome Leray is the Managing Director of Goondiwindi-based artificial intelligence company InFarm. InFarm’s flagship product is an award-winning drone-to-tractor weed detection platform which integrates with existing farming machinery. Prior to InFarm, Jerome was the chief pilot and CEO of Western Aerial Mapping, which provides UAV services across Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia. Jerome’s extensive experience in remote sensing and aviation, combined with his expertise in agriculture, has resulted in the delivery of ground breaking technology to farmers across Australia.

Luke Gumley, CASA

View Luke’s presentation here

Luke Gumley is CASA’s Branch Manager of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, commencing the role when the branch was formed in August 2017. His experience with the regulator includes over 5 years as a Regional Manager of CASA’s Central and Southern regions, and as a senior advisor. Before CASA, Luke was the Chief Pilot and Chief Operating Officer of a large flying training organisation with over 40 aircraft and 45 flight instructors, training fixed wing pilots through to Commercial Pilot Licence. He holds an Air Transport Pilot Licence, Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Aviation.

Canberra UAV

View Canberra UAV’s presentation here

CanberraUAV is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to developing and promoting the field of civilian UAV’s. We were originally formed to compete in the 2012 UAV Outback Challenge. and we are equal parts lucky and proud to be able to say that we were the most successful team in that challenge in 2012, 2014 and 2016. We heavily contribute to the advancement of open-source UAVs and believe this is the where the greatest advancements in civilian unmanned aircraft technology will be made. Our team members contribute heavily to the ‘ArduPilot’ Open Source unmanned autopilot enterprise and we develop and use our own autonomous image recognition systems.


This forum also provided the opportunity for businesses from the aviation sector and non-conventional aviation sectors such as agriculture, resources and energy, to show the potential of drone technology within their business and industry.



The Dalby Drone Forum was proudly hosted by Western Downs Regional Council, in conjunction with the UAV Challenge, and in partnership with the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, and Regional Development Australia.