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Workshops Offered

The workshops will be taking place all day on Monday, October 29th and the morning of Tuesday, October 30, 2012. There is a separate fee to attend each workshop. This fee is not included in the registration fees.

Monday, October 29th
Full Day (7:45 AM until 5:15 PM)

WS #2 - Cloud Computing for Geospatial Powerhouse: Introduction and Case Studies

Date: Monday, October 29th
Time: 7:45 am until 5:15 pm
Location: Grand Ballroom Salon B, Second Floor

Instructor(s): Dr. Ra'ad A. Saleh,  and Dr. Steven R. Lambert, Esri
Level of course:  Intermediate
Fees:  Member = $235   Nonmember = $335   Student Member = $125
CEUs: .8

Intended Audience: Production managers, decision-makers, and mapping and GIS professionals involved in management of large volume geospatial data and processing; who are interested in learning more about Cloud Computing as a cost-effectiveness and high performance resource.

There are a number of definitions of what Cloud Computing means. We argue however that the
common denominator must involve specific requirements.  These are dynamic scalability, agility, multi-dimensional resources, access virtualization, and others.  Whether this is a new style of computing, or it is an extension of existing computing service models, or a new phase of internet-based services, Cloud Computing offers undeniable advantages.  This is especially the case for intensive geospatial production and service providers.  These advantages include, among others, cost containment, spatially unconstrained access, powerful scalability, wide range of applications, sourced out infrastructure, and high level security.  These and other advantages assume, however, that the expectations and standards of Cloud Computing service are realized and strictly adhered to.

The goal of this workshop is to examine the above arguments through an introductory overview of this new style of computing.  The workshop will examine user requirements, standards, and case studies. Participants will develop data and processing needs, minimal computing specifications, alternative cost models, throughput variables, and evaluation strategies.


  1. Historical Development of Computing Models
  2. Introduction to Geospatial Data Management
  3. User Requirements, Throughput, and  Production Environment Challenges
  4. Service Models for Geospatial Cloud Computing
  5. Cloud Architectures
  6. Standards and Compliance
  7. Case Studies, Current Challenges, and Pending Breakthroughs.



Monday, October 29th 
Half-day, (Morning: 7:45 AM until 12:15 PM or Afternoon: 12:45 PM until 5:15 PM)


WS #3 - Hyperspectral Remote Sensing: Phenomenology and Data Processing

Date: Monday, October 29th
Time: 7:45 am to 12:15 pm
Location: Grand Ballroom Salon C, Second Floor
Length: Half-day, Morning
Fees:  Member = $180   Nonmember = $280   Student Member = $90
CEUs: .4
Instructor: Dr. William Farrand, Space Science Institute

Who Should Participate:
This half day webinar is intended for users of remote sensing data. This includes analysts who may have used multispectral data or some other form of remote sensing data and are now interested in using hyperspectral data in their work. This webinar is also appropriate for managers who must make decisions about what kind of remote sensing data to purchase for their projects and/or what kind of multi- or hyperspectral image processing software that they should purchase. This workshop will provide an introduction to the power of hyperspectral data in remote sensing projects.

Imaging spectrometry, commonly referred to as hyperspectral remote sensing, provides high-resolution spectral information for environmental, natural resources, and urban characterization projects. In this webinar, students will be provided with an introduction to the phenomenology of imaging spectrometry, a discussion of hyperspectral sensors and data types, and some hyperspectral image processing techniques. An emphasis will be placed on the fact that the added value in imaging spectrometry is on the spectrometry, the ability to identify materials based on their reflectance signatures. In addressing the phenomenology of hyperspectral remote sensing, its basis in reflectance spectrometry will be discussed and an explanation will be provided as to why some materials are more amenable to mapping than others. Commercially available data processing packages that are available for processing hyperspectral and multispectral data will be discussed as well as a discussion of the processing approaches within those packages. Certain processing techniques are better suited to certain applications and the reasons for this are addressed. Also some discussion will be provided with regards to the advantages and shortcomings of current airborne and orbital hyperspectral systems as well as planned systems.

  1. I. Define imaging spectrometry (hyperspectral remote sensing)
  2. The phenomenology of reflectance spectrometry
  3. Commercially available hyperspectral imaging (HSI) software packages
  4. HSI processing techniques and approaches
  5. Hyperspectral sensor system architectures
  6. Descriptions of available and soon-to-be available hyperspectral systems
  7. Summary and final discussion


WS #4 - Utilizing of Mobile Imagery and LiDAR to Support an Enterprise Asset Management System

Date: Monday, October 29th
Time: 12:45 pm to 5:15 pm
Location: Grand Ballroom Salon C, Second Floor

Fees:  Member = $180   Nonmember = $280   Student Member = $90
CEUs: .4
Instructor:  Jason Amadori, Earth Eye, LLC


  1. Introduction to Asset Management and Remote Sensing - This portion of the course will focus on the fundamentals of asset management and remote sensing from a high-level perspective. We will cover the concepts of how this data is obtained, including a discussion of sensor platforms, accuracies and data products and how these have evolved over time to produce better data resolutions, accuracies, and how the final user products are used on a daily basis in our lives.
  2. Data Collection - Platforms, Accuracies and Data Products - This section will focus on the different data collection platforms, sensors, accuracies and final data products at a more detailed level. Many industry-standard systems will be presented, discussed and the features and benefits will be highlighted as well. Finally, a discussion of how this data is delivered and used by clients will be illustrated from today's usage to the technologies of tomorrow.
  3. Data Creation - Creating Feature Datasets from Remotely Sensed Data - This section will focus on the tools that are available in the industry and how they can be used to create data derivatives from the raw sensor data. The focus for this section will be on creating vector data that will be integrated with a GIS and eventually, an asset management system.
  4. Productive Use of Data - Industry Samples of Projects and Data Products - This section will focus on how users are specifically applying asset management principals to their agency. A total of 4 case studies will be presented and discussed so that the student understands how data can be applied to achieve project-specific goals and objectives.


Tuesday, October 30th
Morning Sessions Only (7:45 AM until 12:15 PM)


WS #5 - Real Time Airborne Flash LiDAR

Date: Tuesday, October 30th
Time: 7:45 am until 12:15 pm
Location: Florida Ballroom Salon I, Second Floor

Fees:  Member = $180   Nonmember = $280   Student Member = $90
CEUs: .4
Instructor(s):  Roy Nelson, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp and Susan Parks, Exelis Visual Information Solutions
Level of course:  Intermediate

This workshop will introduce attendees to the basic principles of Flash LiDAR for airborne applications and its advantages and disadvantages.  It will also show how a Flash LiDAR system can provide real time, full motion, fused color or IR 3D imagery of an area of interest and how this additional color content can be used for rapid object identification and feature extraction.  

Flash LiDAR operates similarly to a camera and flashbulb (flood illumination) with the flash being provided by laser illumination and a detector that measures both intensity of the reflected target illumination and the time of flight of the reflected laser pulse.  The specialized detector produces an intensity and range measurement for each pixel of the detector array.  The entire scene within the sensor field of view (FOV) is imaged with a single flash of the laser, creating a 3D image cube. Commercial 128x128 Flash LIDAR arrays operate up to 30 fps allowing for full motion 3D imagery at 490, 000 points per second.

Flash LiDAR combined with a real-time processing system allows for real-time digital elevation map creation and dissemination.  This unique capability is critical for mapping or 3D imaging applications where data latency is a mission or cost benefit concern.  These applications include rapid response disaster relief efforts, landing hazard   identification and support, improved battlefield characterization and more timely and accurate military targeting.  The creation of real time digital elevation maps from LiDAR data is also beneficial in streamlining production mapping jobs such as corridor, pipeline or powerline mapping.  In addition, the reduced data volume for Flash LiDAR allows for real time down linking of fused 3D imagery to the ground.  Ball has flown its Flash LiDAR system on multiple airborne platforms for missions including landing hazard mapping and identification, urban and mountain terrain mapping and characterization, power line mapping, 3-dimensional target tracking and foliage penetration.

With Flash Lidar providing 3D data or imagery in real time, critical information can now be obtained in real time.  This workshop will show how software applications such as E3De, an interactive geospatial software environment, can be used to extract important situational awareness from the LiDAR data, providing accurate extraction of 3D features and realistic 3D rendering and visualization.  This important information can then conveniently be included in geospatial analysis projects like disaster analysis, viewshed studies, forest inventories, right-of-way analyses, and urban planning.

WS #6 - Find Real World Solutions Using Remote Sensing

Date: Tuesday, October 30th
Time: 7:45 am until 12:15 pm
Location: Grand Ballroom Salon A & B, Second Floor

Fees: Member = $180   Nonmember = $280  Student Member = $90
CEUs: .4
Instructor:  Andrew J. Brenner, PhD, Photo Science
Level of course:  Introductory

The world is awash with data such as imagery, LiDAR, field observations, and public domain databases. Semi-automated and manual interpretation is one way of converting these data into information. However for this information to be useful it needs to be converted into knowledge, often this transition does not happen. The ability to provide knowledge to the end user is what will drive the industry moving forward and what will in turn support the data collection and interpretation  processes in the future. This workshop takes an end user perspective approach to show how remotely sensed data and semi-automated classification processes can provide decision making information to a wide range of organizations. The workshop will cover uses of imagery from satellite and airborne platforms, and LiDAR from airborne and mobile platforms.
The workshop will be divided into two parts

Section 1: Applications using general land cover datasets

  1. Impervious
  2. Green Infrastructure
  3. Land Use and Land Cover

Section 2: Applications to specific industry domains

  1. Utilities
  2. Oil and gas
  3. Ecology
  4. Environmental

WS #8 - Licensing of Photogrammetrists and Other Geospatial Practitioners (MAPPS)

Date: Tuesday, October 30th
Time: 7:45 am until 12:15 pm
Location: Meeting Room 9, Third Floor

Fees: Member = $180   Nonmember = $280   Student Member = $90
Instructor(s): G. Michael Ritchie, PE, PLS, PSM, CP, President and CEO of Photo Science, Inc. and John M. Palatiello, Executive Director of MAPPS

States are increasingly enacting legislation or adopting regulations that define a variety of photogrammetry, GIS, LIDAR and other geospatial collection and processing activities as the practice of surveying, subject to state licensing.  Many individuals today may unknowingly be practicing without a license.  This workshop will review the NCEES Model law, the status of current licensing laws in all 50 states, efforts by MAPPS, ASPRS and others to affect laws, legislation and regulations in the states, and potential alternate solutions.  It will also discuss the legal and practice differences between licensing and certification, as well as assist firms and practitioners in determining if they need to become licensed and how to audit compliance with applicable laws.



Date: Tuesday, October 30th
Time: 7:45 am until 12:15 pm
Location: Grand Ballroom Salon C, Second Floor

Fees: Member = $180   Nonmember = $280   Student Member = $90
Instructor: Dr. Charles K Toth, Center for Mapping, The Ohio State University
CEU: 0.4
Level of Course: Intermediate

    Why to use lidar waveform data (Full Waveform Data, FWD)?
    Short history on the evolution of waveform data

Lidar Systems – Overview

Lidar Waveform Data
    Laser pulse formation
    Frequently used terms
    Return pulse/waveform formation
    Characterization of waveform data

Airborne/spaceborne FWD Lidar Systems
    Major large footprint systems
    Major small footprint pulsed systems

Real-time Processing of Lidar Waveform Data
    Discrete return and intensity signal detection
    Compression of Lidar waveform data

Post-processing of Lidar Waveform Data
    Peak detection methods
    Shape-based waveform decomposition
    Performance comparisons

FWD Applications
    Existing and emerging applications
    FWD for land cover classification – examples
    Forestry applications – examples
    Other applications

Waveform Processing Software
    Overview of available tools
    Demonstration of waveform processing tools in TerraScan

Summary and Future Trends
    Advantages and disadvantages of using waveform
    Outlook on market developments


ASPRS & MAPPS reserve the right to cancel any workshop that does not have sufficient enrollment 30 days prior to the start date. All workshops require additional fees. Registration for available workshops is open onsite. Please visit the Conference Registration Desk, Second Floor, for registration information onsite.


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