The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) will be hosting a pre-conference UAS Technical Symposium at the Commercial UAV Expo in Las Vegas, NV. During this full-day symposium, eight (8) presentations will be given by ASPRS members and practicing service providers. Each topic will build on the previous, giving the attendee a comprehensive understanding of UAS mapping in accordance with current geospatial accuracy standards.


The symposium will conclude with a presentation on the new ASPRS UAS Mapping certifications. More information can be found at For those interested in becoming  an ASPRS UAS Certified Professional, Technologist, or Intern, all three examinations will be proctored at the conference venue on October 25. To qualify to take an exam on-site, the appropriate Application for Certification and applicable fees must be received by ASPRS no
later than September 15, 2017. Questions about the ASPRS Certification program and application process can be sent to


ASPRS UAS Technical Symposium: Tuesday October 24, 2017,
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

ASPRS UAS Certification Exam: Wednesday October 25, 2017,
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Symposium Registration Fee: $250 Pre-Registration / $300 On-Site.



To register, visit and begin the attendee registration process. The ASPRS UAS Symposium is offered as an add-on to either Full Conference or Exhibits-Only registration for Commercial UAV Expo.


Paid registrants for the ASPRS UAS Technical Symposium who are not active ASPRS members will be awarded a trial membership valid until 12/31/2017. The trial membership affords access to all ASPRS member benefits during the trial period, including peer-reviewed content in the digital version of the journal, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing.


To register for your trial
membership, visit Complete the first two tabs: Begin your Join Process (establishes your username and password) and Member Information (additional demographic information). Do not enter any payment information. Logout and email a copy of your UAS Technical Symposium payment receipt along with your ASPRS username and ASPRS ID to Your trial membership will be activated within 1 business day.


Paid registrants for the ASPRS
Technical Symposium will also receive a $50 discount on Application for Certification fees. This discount offer expires on 12/31/2017. Send a copy of your UAS Technical Symposium payment receipt with your completed application according to the application instructions.


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Symposium Topics Include

Introduction to ASPRS:
This session will introduce the attendee to ASPRS and provide an overview of the society and its role as the standard bearer in geospatial applications from Photogrammetry to LiDAR including the development of accuracy standards and nationally accredited certifications for geospatial professionals.
Project Planning…Key components to producing accurate maps:
This session will cover assessing client needs (project requirements). Once these are understood, the service provider can determine the appropriate method(s) to control, acquire, and create deliverables to meet client expectations.
Control & Accuracy...targeting, survey, RTK, PPK...and more:
This session will cover the various methods available to create deliverables meeting various accuracy requirements. What level of survey is required? Do RTK and or PPK add value by reducing survey time in the field?
Processing Tools
This session will cover the various methods of processing imagery, including Structure From Motion (SFM), true Stereo Photogrammetry and LiDAR. Methodology and benefits of each will be discussed as well as tools/ methods of extraction.
Processing Reports:
This session will cover the differences between processing reports typically produced from software packages. What they tell you and what they do not tell you. How to interpret the reports and glean information that might help solve problems in processing.
Understanding your data (right or wrong) and solving issues:
This session will look at some typical issues in processing UAS imagery, helping the attendee to spot and resolve them.
Reporting Accuracy:
the ASPRS is recognized as a leader in the development of accuracy standards for geospatial products. This session will discuss these standards and the means of reporting accuracy to specific industry standards.
UAS Mapping Certification:
This session will introduce attendees to the first nationally accredited UAS certification for mapping. Over the past two years, the ASPRS has been implementing a Certified Mapping Scientist: UAS similar to the Photogrammetry, GIS, Remote Sensing, and LiDAR certifications already available. This certification will assure your clients, that you have the background, qualifications and skills needed to provide professional mapping services using UAS.