Tuesday, April 17 • 1:00pm - 5:00pm
UAS and GIS: Enabling Drone Technology for the Geospatial Professional

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Technology – Frontier Precision - Jackson Beighle
The technology of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) is enabling geospatial professionals to quickly capture high quality aerial data of project sites.  Lower cost drones, high-quality lightweight cameras, specialized sensors, and user-friendly software is making it easier to deploy the technology.  Frontier Precision will discuss the latest technology in drones, sensors and software including Esri Drone2Map and Pix4D Mapper for creating 2D and 3D data in a GIS environment.

Planning – EcoPoint - Michael Clancy
This planning phase of the workshop will detail specific parameters for UAS projects with the end goal being efficient and effective project execution and reliable project results. UAS project execution does not differ from any other data collection process: the key to success in the project is planning. Successful project plans include legal authorizations, flight planning and logistics, sensor calibration and data collection storage/housing. We will discuss in detail the legal requirements for your flight, including licenses, waivers, DROTAMS, airspace considerations, crew management, flight logs, and safe flight operations. We will also cover specific flight and sensor characteristics for your project including the relationships between ground sample distance, flight height, image overlaps and air speed. Finally, we will discuss planning your data collection, storage, and processing to ensure expected results from your collected data.

Analysis - Ecosystem Sciences - Tim Maguire
Ecosystems Sciences will discuss the process and methods of analyzing your UAS data for multiple uses such as vegetation mapping and fish habitat. Extending the consumption and utilization of UAS data beyond the standard data products is a critical component of UAS data collection. UAS can produce a huge volume of data, at a low cost, and at any time period, compared to traditional technologies. However, these raw data products do not provide inherent value until analyzed at the appropriate scale. Ecosystem Sciences will discuss various processing methods and demonstrate data products with a specific focus on using your data to guide and enhance your field operations.


Jackson Beighle

For the past 12 years, Jackson Beighle has worked as a Geospatial Sales Rep, initially with Electronic Data Solutions and now with Frontier Precision through an acquisition in 2016. Jackson received his undergraduate degree in Geography from the University of Montana in 1994. In 1996... Read More →

Tuesday April 17, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Lewis Room