April 2019

Dinner Presentation and Talbot Awards

Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Infrastructure Monitoring

Status: Advanced registration is now closed. Please contact the Victoria Branch at [email protected]
Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Location: University of Victoria Club - UVic Campus, 3800 Finnerty Road, Victoria, BC
Presenter: Dr. Rishi Gupta, P.Eng., FEC
Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Program,
Department of Civil Engineering, University of Victoria
Credit: 1 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Event Price: $35.00 + GST = $36.75
Contact: Victoria Branch
Email: [email protected]
Please join the Victoria Branch of Engineers and Geoscientists BC, and the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Victoria (UVic) for a hybrid educational event that includes a networking component to foster peer-to-peer learning. Our dinner presentation at the prestigious University Club will be led by Dr. Rishi Gupta.

In addition, we will be presenting the Talbot Memorial Fund Award to this year's winner. The original mandate of the Talbot Memorial Fund is to honour Richard (Dick) Talbot's engineering contribution in perpetuity, by making an award available, yearly, to an appropriate University of Victoria Engineering student.

The Talbot Award is valued at $1,000 and is based on a combination of factors including community activities and academic achievement.


  • 6:00 PM: Mix and Mingle and Buffet Dinner
  • 6:45 PM: Presentation
  • 7:45 PM: Discussion
  • 8:00 PM: Talbot Awards Presentation
  • 8:30 PM: Networking
  • 8:45 PM: Closing Remarks


This presentation is ideal for engineers, technologists, and others working with municipitalities and cities. The attendees will gain an understanding on the use of UAVs/drones for inspection of infrastructure, attendees will learn about some specific examples where drones were used (both locally on the island and also internationally), attendees will develop an appreciation for the benefits and limitations of this technology.

About the Speaker

Dr. Rishi Gupta is an Associate Professor and Director of undergraduate program in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Victoria. He received both a masters and a PhD in Civil Engineering (Materials) from the University of British Columbia.

His current research is focused on studying the early-age behavior of cement-based composites containing SCMs and fibers. His areas of interest include development of sustainable construction technologies, masonry structures, structural health monitoring, and nondestructive testing. He has more than 15 years of combined academic and industry experience. His industry experience includes working as the Director of Research of Octaform Systems Inc in Vancouver. Rishi is a Fellow of Engineers Canada and the past chair of the Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s Burnaby/New West branch. He is the Chair of the international affairs committee of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering (CSCE). He is a long standing member of the American Concrete Institute and is also a voting member of several subcommittees of ASTM C 09.

Notes and Directions

  • Please visit this webpage, club.uvic.ca/directions-parking, to find directions to the venue. If you have any dietary restrictions please email them and we will try our best to accomodate. The dinner will be a buffet.
  • Guest/Non-Member Registration: If you are not a member of Engineers and Geoscientists BC, you can register online by quickly creating a 'Non-member' account. After clicking on the 'Register' link, you will be brought to a login screen. Towards the bottom, there is a ‘Create new account’ link. Click this link and follow the prompts to create your account and then you will be able to register online with this new account. Thank you and we look forward to having you join us.


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