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Exploring the Skies with Utility-Scale Unmanned Aerial Systems


Join the Dominion Energy Innovation Center and Nate Robie, Manager of Dominion Energy’s Unmanned Systems Group, on the next DEIC Lunch & Learn as we explore the skies with utility scale unmanned systems. From site development work to solar farm inspections to transmission line maintenance; utilities are deploying drones at ever increasing numbers across their operational footprint.

Not only do these systems present a more economical approach to key O&M activities but they also expand the frequency and safety of mission critical work. Nate will dive into how Dominion Energy approaches the use of UAS and shares an update on industry innovations that are making our grid more resilient, reliable, and affordable.

Speaker Bio

Nate Robie is the Manager of the Unmanned Systems Group responsible for federal, state regulations and expanding the use of drones throughout Dominion Energy. The program has grown to encompass the entire 13 state footprint of Dominion Energy and across all operating segments of Power Generation, Power Delivery, Renewables and Gas Infrastructure. The Unmanned Systems Group is responsible for providing services, training, selecting drones with the optimal sensors as well as identifying drone use cases that improve safety and efficiency.

In his thirteen years of aviation experience, he has held various positions from air traffic control to airport operations in the military and civilian sector. While serving in U.S. Air Force Special Operations, he utilized unmanned and manned aircraft for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and executing close air support. Prior to Dominion Mr. Robie was an Aeronautical Operations Manager at The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, where he ensured safe operations of a Part 139 certificated airport with over 1,100 daily flights. Mr. Robie has a passion for aviation and implementing innovative solutions to improve operations. Mr. Robie is also on the board of directors for Unmanned Systems Association of Virginia and board of advisors for Virginia Unmanned Systems at the Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation.

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Date: February 1 – 29, 2024
Time: 6pm – 8pm (5 sessions)