CaGIS/ASPRS 2013 Specialty Conference

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Workshops will be offered at the CaGIS/ASPRS 2013 Specialty Conference on Sunday, October 27th and Monday, October 28th. Descriptions for all workshops offered at the conference can be found below. 

There is a seperate fee to attend the workshops.
To view the workshop fees, please click here.

Click on the following titles for full workshop descriptions:

WS #3 - Introduction to Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Operations

Workshop #3 - Introduction to Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Operations

Instructor(s): Keven Gambold and Ed Freeborn, Unmanned Experts LLC
Date & Time: Monday, October 28th; 7:45 am until 5:15 pm
CEUs: 0.8

The airborne remote sensing, survey and mapping community are showing increasing interest in Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), and new adopters and technology for metric-quality data production are being reported daily. As UAS become operational the ‘How and Why’ of UAS operations need to be considered as well as the ‘What.’ The "Introduction to UAS Operations" full-day workshop is designed to address this need with practical discussion and a focus on metric-quality UAS surveying and mapping.
The workshop is broken down into 4 sections:

Introduction to UAS Concepts
  Overview; UAS Terminology and Classification; UAS Roles and Mission Sets
  Concept of Operations; Launch Recovery Systems; Communications

Case Studies
  Metric-quality Applications and Systems Survey
  Small UAS (SUAS) Photogrammetry, a Disruptive Technology

Business Model
  Business Plan
  Operational Model
  Other Considerations

  Future Technology
  Art of the Possible

This course assumes that attendees have an intermediate to advanced understanding of airborne operations, and a basic understanding of photogrammetric and remote sensing principles or their equivalents in military intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) fundamentals.

WS #4 - Looking Above the Terrain: Lidar for Vegetation Assessment....TIME & DATE CHANGE

Workshop #4 - Looking Above the Terrain: Lidar for Vegetation Assessment 

Instructor: Sorin C. Popescu, Texas A&M University
Date & Time: Sunday, October 27th; 12:45 pm to 5:15 pm
CEUs: 0.4

The participants are expected to have a basic understanding of remote sensing techniques and image processing. The overall goal of this half-day workshop is to introduce participants to lidar concepts, processing techniques, and applications for characterizing forest vegetation three-dimensional structure and deriving forest biophysical parameters. More specific objectives are to: (1) review basic laser ranging concepts and lidar data structure; (2) introduce types of lidar sensors for forest vegetation assessment, including discrete-return, waveform encoding, and photon counting systems, on terrestrial, airborne, and satellite platforms; (3) describe the LAS lidar data format; (4) introduce participants to software resources for processing lidar data and characterizing vegetation structure; (5) review algorithms for deriving information on terrain elevation and canopy height models; (6) present choices of lidar data processing, such as point-cloud statistics, waveform processing, and interpolated surface-based methods to derive information on vegetation structure at various scales, from individual tree, plot, footprint, and stand level to regional and global scales; and (7) discuss examples of various lidar remote sensing applications for characterizing vegetation parameters, including biomass assessment in various ecosystems, such as forests, brush, and marches, leaf area index, canopy cover, and forest fuels mapping.

WS #5 - QA/QC Processes and Concepts

Workshop #5 - QA/QC Processes and Concepts

Instructor(s): Qassim Abdullah, Woolpert and Tom Asbeck, Atkins
Date & Time: Monday, October 28th; 12:45 pm until 5:15 pm
CEUs: 0.4

The workshop is intended for individuals who are involved in any aspect of production process control and management including geometric and radiometric quality and accuracy assessment. Users who receive products from data providers may also benefit from the workshop as it helps them understand the process of product evaluation and acceptance criteria. The workshop introduces the topics of quality control and quality assurance and how do they apply to day-to-day activities in improving products quality through the improvement in the process control.  In addition, the workshop will introduce practical and simplified approach for the statistical terms and concepts used in evaluating final products with real examples from lidar and ortho projects life cycles.

What is Quality?
   Quality Assurance
   Quality Control
   Quality Review

Practical Statistics
   Random Errors
   Normal Distribution
   Standard Deviation

How good is your data?

Problem Identification
   Check Sheets

Problem Identification
   Cause and Effect
   Scatter Diagrams
   Control Chart (UCL and LCL)
Quality Assurance
   Plan to insure quality

Quality Control

Continual Process Improvement

Human Factors
   85-15 Rule

Unfortunately, workshops #1, 2, 6 & 7 have been cancelled. If you registered for any of these workshops, the Conference Registrar will be in contact with you via email. You may choose to transfer your workshop registration to one of the other offered workshops or cancel your workshop registration all together. You may also contact the Conference Registrar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via phone at (301) 493-0290 x109.

Workshop Fees

Fees for Full and Half day workshops are listed below.

Full Day (WS #3)


(9/28 - 10/30)

Member $260 USD
NonMember $360
Student $140


Half Day

(WS #4 & 5)


(9/28 - 10/30)

Member $200
NonMember $300
Student $100 USD
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