Drones for the Industry: Maximising Productivity

This course is designed to educate industry stakeholders on the available solutions and latest technologies pertaining to drones, to facilitate adoption of suitable solutions.

Basic differentiation of drones, safety and legal aspect, case studies coupled with an analysis of data collected will be covered thoroughly. Professional drones will be on display throughout the day for up-close interaction, and a short hands-on session will give participants the opportunity to fly a drone and work with different sorts of flight planning software.

Course Details

Course Dates:
No available dates currently.

1 day, 9.00AM to 5.00PM


Who Should Attend

Palm oil, mining, civil construction, land reclamation, power line inspections, cadastral mapping, heritage, tourism, infrastructure mapping, mapping of parks, port authorities, surveying consultants, and public transport agencies etc.

Hobbyists who want to turn hobbies into a profession, audit firms that need to understand industries for better accounting reliability, procurement of the above industries.

Programme Outline

Learning Objectives
  1. Differentiate between all types of UAVs/Drones
  2. Aerodynamics/How drones fly
  3. Industry applications of drones
  4. Analysis of data collected from drones
  5. How drones can improve workflow in a company
  6. Piloting a drone
  7. Choosing the right drone for the right application
  8. Regulatory and safety aspects of flying a drone in Singapore
  9. Case Study: Volume calculation using drones
  10. Case Study: Tree counting in a palm oil estate
  11. Change detection from chronological data
  12. Brainstorming to decide which drone is most suitable for industry
  13. Deliverables from professional drones
  • Introduction and history of drones
  • Differentiating between fixed wings, rotary wings, and VTOL
  • Regulatory and safety aspects of flying a drone in Singapore
  • Basic aerodynamics of drones
  • Industry application of drones: Palm oil, mining, civil construction, marine construction, land reclamation, power line inspections, cadastral mapping, heritage, tourism, infrastructure mapping, mapping of parks, port authorities
  • Analysis on data collected from the industry selected above. Looking at case studies and deliverables from selected industries
  • Where, how and why drones will fit in your work flow

Course Fees and Funding

Full course fee inclusive of prevailing GST

You pay

SkillsFuture Course Fee subsidy (70%)

  • For Singapore Citizens < 40 years old 
  • For Permanent Residents

You pay

Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy (90%)

  • For Singapore Citizens ≥ 40 years old

You pay

Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (90%)

  • For SME - Sponsored employees

You pay

The above module fee payable is inclusive of 9% GST. 


Omar Ortiz
Academy Fellow
Lecturer, SUTD

Omar received his BMath degree from Universidad Central de Venezuela, in my hometown Caracas, where he also worked as an Instructor teaching undergraduate math courses. Later on, he completed my PhD in pure mathematics at the University of Melbourne under the supervision of Arun Ram and Craig Westerland. Before joining SUTD, Omar worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow and Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Western Ontario, and as a software developer for a start-up project in London, UK.

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Triton Wui
Adjunct Fellow
General Manager & UAV Instructor at Hydronav Services

Triton has been in the surveying drone industry for several years and has trained national agencies such as the National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCAOR), Ministry of Coal Indonesia, Disaster and Mitigation Agencies in improving efficiencies by incorporating Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). In addition, working on large survey and mapping jobs with governments of different countries notably the Amarvathi Smart City project in India and also private mining and oil palm users to maximize their usage of drones for Industrial and survey purposes.

Triton has now flown over 10 different types of drones from hobby to surveying and has got over hundreds of hours of drone flying experience. Spreading the technology into several industries and taking owners to places where it is hard to access to better understand what they own.

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SSG Funding Terms and Conditions

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In consideration of the subsidy provided by SkillsFuture Singapore Agency (“SSG”) through the SUTD Academy for the Course,

I consent to:

The collection, use and disclosure to relevant third parties of my personal data by the SUTD Academy including but not limited to personal particulars, attendance records, assessment/performance records, for the following purposes:

  1. Reporting of national statistics and conducting of holistic continuing education training research and analysis;

  2. Facilitate the conduct of the relevant surveys and audits in relation to the Course;

  3. General administration of the Course including but not limited to processing of the subsidy provided by SSG;

  4. Publicity and marketing of the Course or other Courses to be provided by SSG or SUTD Academy; and

  5. SSG or its Appointed Auditors or Nominated Representatives to directly contact Course Participant to obtain information deemed necessary for the purposes of conducting effectiveness survey or audits in relation to the Course.

I agree to:

  1. Attend and complete all lectures, class exercises, workshops and assessments;

  2. Complete the Course feedback at the end of the Course;

  3. Complete the post Course survey sent about 3 to 6 months after class attendance; and

  4. Sign up for a personal email account.

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Cancellation & Refund Policy

  1. If a written notification is sent to sutd_academy@sutd.edu.sg within 24 hours after course registration deadline there will be no cancellation charges. A full refund will be made. 

  2. No refund is provided if written notification is more than 24 hours after course registration deadline. SUTD Academy reserves the rights to collect the full fee amount from the participant.

Replacement Policy

Companies may replace participants who have signed up for the course by giving a 3-working day notice before the course commencement date to sutd_academy@sutd.edu.sg. Terms and conditions apply.

Registration Policy

  1. Course may be cancelled due to insufficient participants. SUTD Academy will not be responsible or liable in any way for any claims, damages, losses, expenses, costs or liabilities whatsoever (including, without limitation, any direct or indirect damages for loss of profits, business interruption or loss of information) resulting or arising directly or indirectly from any course cancellation.

  2. Course enrolment is based on a first-come, first-served basis.

  3. SUTD Academy reserves the right to change or cancel any course or instructor due to unforeseen circumstances. 

Types of Funding

Funding under Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy ("MCES")

  1. MCES is an enhanced Subsidy to encourage mid-career individuals to upskill and reskill, thereby helping them to remain competitive and resilient in the job market. With this, all Singaporeans aged 40 and above will receive higher subsidies of up to 90% course fee subsidy for SSG-funded certifiable courses.

  2. Individuals/employers are not required to submit an application for the MCES. Those pursuing SSG-funded programmes will be charged the appropriate subsidised fees by SUTD Academy if they are eligible MCES. Individuals/employers will only need to pay the nett fee (full course fee after SSG's grant).

    For more info, please visit SkillsFuture website at https://www.skillsfuture.gov.sg/enhancedsubsidy

Funding under Enhanced Training Support for SMEs ("ETSS")

  1. ETSS is an enhanced funding to enable SMEs to send their employees for training.

  2. SMEs will enjoy subsidies of up to 90% of the course fees when they sponsor their employees for SSG-funded certifiable courses.

  3. In addition to higher course fee funding, SMEs can also claim absentee payroll funding of 80% of basic hourly salary at a higher cap of $7.50 per hour. SMEs may apply for the absentee payroll via the SkillsConnect system.

  4. To qualify, SMEs must meet all of the following criteria:
    - Organisation must be registered or incorporated in Singapore
    - Employment size of not more than 200 or with annual sales turnover of not more than $100 million
    - Trainees must be hired in accordance with the Employment Act and fully sponsored by their employers for the course
    - Trainees must be Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents

    For more info, please visit SSG website at https://www.ssg.gov.sg/programmes-and-initiatives/funding/enhanced-training-support-for-smes1.html

Funding under Union Training Assistance Programme ("UTAP")

UTAP is a training benefit for NTUC members to defray their cost of training. This benefit is to encourage more union members to go for skills upgrading.

NTUC members enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support for up to $250 each year when you sign up for courses supported under UTAP (Union Training Assistance Programme).

For more info, please visit https://e2i.com.sg/individuals/ntuc-education-and-training-fund/.

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This is part of the Government’s efforts to encourage every Singaporean to complete their post-secondary education. It also underscores the Government’s commitment to support families in investing in the future education of their children and to prepare them for the economy of the future. PSEA is not a bank account.

It is administered by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and is opened automatically for all eligible Singaporeans.

Account holders can use their PSEA funds to pay for their own or their siblings’ approved fees and charges for approved programs conducted by approved institutions.

However, you will have to check your eligibility and balance by contacting MOE first.

Contact MOE at (65) 6260 0777

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