Soko Aerial in collaboration with the Faculty of Built Environment organized a two-day program on Thursday the 28th and Friday the 29th of January 2021. The event which took place in the Faculty Exhibition hall saw Faculty representatives as well as lecturers and students attend.
The first day of the two-day event comprised a lecture dubbed “Drone Technology; Impacts and Insights within the Built Environment” delivered by Mr. Max Ashitey, head of research at Soko Aerial. During the lecture, the topic areas highlighted included the various types technology and systems available within the market, how to acquire a drone in Ghana, the various sectors of drone application, licensing to fly drones, the risks associated with drone technology as well as training packages offered by Soko Aerial at their headquarters in Burma Camp. A very informative question and answers session that was dominated by the application of drones in the built environment concluded the activities for the first day.
The second day of the program was dedicated to a practical demonstration. It featured resource persons from Soko who demonstrated how to fly a quadcopter drone and mount different lenses for survey data collection. This session provided understanding to the control system of drones.
Soko Aerial is a commercial enterprise that specializes in providing aerial inspection and survey data using unmanned aerial devices (UAVs). The company has collaborated in the past with GIS, mining companies and the Forestry Commission to provide all sorts of survey data. They also partner with Ghana Armed Forces to train army personnel on the use of drones for surveillance ops and scouting.