Spatial Information Management – Carinthia University of Applied Sciences
Gernot Paulus holds a PhD from the University of Salzburg in Austria and has been appointed Professor for Geoinformation at the Department for Geoinformation and Environmental Technologies at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences in Villach, Austria in 2002. He has been awarded a UAS-related Fulbright research grant at San Diego State University in 2016. His major research interests in the context of UAS are on the one hand the integration of different sensors for high resolution data capture and multidimensional spatio-temporal analysis and visualization for different application domains and on the other hand legal aspects of geodata quality and Geo-Awareness at national and international level.
Safe UAS mission planning and performance in general is a very complex task for any operator. Many different aspects like specific goal of the mission, characteristics of the area of operation on the ground and in the air, individual technical constraints of the UAS platform and sensor payload, skills and experience of the pilot and weather conditions must be considered. For professional UAS operations we expect that the use of an autopilot system will become a common standard procedure and integral part of any UAS mission performance. In the context of unified European rules for UAS operations an extended Specific Operations Risk Assessment (SORA) will be a key requirement in order to create, evaluate and conduct an UAS operation safely (JARUS 2017). SORA, current national as well as expected European legislation (EASA NPA 2017-05) for the operation of UAS describe safety and risk assessment requirements only at high level in textual descriptive form without any further provision of data in order to perform a legally compliant UAS mission plan. This is in particular a key critical issue for any ground related risk assessment like population density or distribution of critical infrastructure. We argue that the provision of high quality geodata in standardized and machine readable form is a critical success factor for the acceptance and applicability of EU wide unified UAS rules. In this presentation we will introduce lessons learned from a national project in Austria regarding the development of a Geowebportal for supporting safe UAS mission planning (www.dronezoneaustria.at) and discuss opportunities and potential synergies of the existing European Geodata Infrastructure INSPIRE for providing needed standardized geodata at the EU level.