RPAS: Tools, Not Toys.

Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS)

Tools, Not Toys

Adding Drones and Data to your Professional Toolkit

by Tammy Pulinec & Juan Fernando Berrazueta
in collaboration with Adam Debevc, RPAS

DJI Matrice 300


The Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS) program at Fanshawe College is setting students apart with practical training, data and processing knowledge, and participation in innovative and first-of-its-kind projects using drones.


Drones, and the data they collect, are revolutionizing industries such as photography, filmmaking, agriculture, engineering, and construction, and Fanshawe College is at the forefront of it all utilizing this incredible tool in new and innovative ways.

London International Airport Runway Inspection

Discover more of our projects

Good roads

What we did

To explore the possibilities of scalable data collection and documentation, professors, and students from Fanshawe College’s RPAS graduate certificate program and GoodRoads are teaming up to research the sensors, methodologies, and software required to democratize the collection, storage, and interpretation of such rich geospatial data. The project aims to explore use cases in both urban and rural environments using a combination of aerial and ground-based data collection.


What we did

Using drones to develop next generation parking and traffic management.
  • High fidelity parking data capturing everything from utilization to individual vehicle dwell time.
  • Integrated traffic analytics by identifying popular routes for vehicles and pedestrians, and by quantifying traffic volumes for better planning and spatial strategies.
  • Trends in utilization of accessible spaes.

Lake erie methane detection

What we did

Helping formulate maintenance strategies for commercial divers by scouting for gas leaks under Lake Erie. Drones with the underwater gas system maps are deployed overtop of the system in the early mornings while the lake is calm for the most accurate locations.

qew credit river bridge

What we did

Overcomming difficult enviroments and terrain (low light conditions, small and tight areas, GPS denied areas, high-volume traffic areas, locations over water) to complete thorough bridge and infrastructure inspections.

3d digital twin

What we did?

A complete 3D model of a condominium tower in Toronto, ON, was completed and the output was used as a tool to inspect the facade of the building.

Our Squad

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Meet our program in detail

Environmental Technology, Design & Planning

Civil Engineering and Construction Management

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Videography & Photography


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