October 28-30, 2019 | The Westgate | Las Vegas

AirGon Technical Seminar: High Accuracy Mapping with DJI Drones

High Accuracy Mapping with DJI Drones

Presented by AirGon (GeoCue Group)  
Monday, October 1 | 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM

GeoCue Group and its subsidiary AirGon are pleased to repeat last year’s highly successful colloquium on high accuracy mapping with low cost drones. This seminar will walk the user through the entire process of preparing for, collecting and processing data using DJI drones in conjunction with AirGon’s highly successful direct geopositioning system, Loki. Our special guest speaker, Andrew Carey, Director of Drone Operations, Rio Tinto will provide an overview of how Rio Tinto, one of the world’s largest mining companies, uses drones in day to day operations.

*Register for the workshop when you register for the expo. The High Accuracy Mapping with DJI Drones workshop is offered as an add-on to either Full Conference or Exhibits-Only registration for Commercial UAV Expo Americas.

Andrew Carey

Director of Drone Operations, Rio Tinto Kennecott Utah Copper

Andrew Carey is a Mining Engineer at Rio Tinto Kennecott Utah Copper. He currently the Director of Drone Operations at Rio Tinto Kennecott. He has worked at Kennecott for 5 years in various roles in Short and Medium Range Mine Planning, Surveying and Mine Operations. See full bio…

Christian Stallings

Director of Research and Development, McKim & Creed

Bio will be posted shortly. 

Course Outline

This colloquium will teach participants how to do drone mapping with both cameras and LIDAR sensors using DJI drones. The lecture will start with an overview of drone mapping and briefly discuss the sweet spots for this approach that considers both FAA restrictions as well as physical capabilities of the sensors and drones. Camera calibration techniques will be presented along with the contribution that calibration makes to overall project accuracy. The audience will be introduced to new hardware devices and collection techniques that can be used to achieve the centimeters-level positioning necessary to do topographic mapping and differential volumetrics. The complete data processing workflow from point cloud generation, from imagery or LIDAR, through product creation using elements of GeoCue’s AirGon Mapping Suite will be presented.

Two guest presentations are included in the meeting: Rio Tinto, one of the largest mining companies in the world, will present on the use of drones in mining operations. McKim & Creed, a major USA engineering firm, will discuss the use of high-accuracy stereo extraction techniques using imagery from DJI drones.

Following this colloquium, participants will have a complete understanding of the capabilities of low cost drones, when LIDAR is a better choice than imagery and the techniques that can be used with these devices to do serious mapping projects.

*Please note: This workshop is intended for audience members that do not currently own our Loki direct geopositioning system for drones.

Workshop Pricing

Registration Fee


Contact Us

For specific questions regarding the content that will be presented, please reach out to GeoCue Group directly at ktucker@geocue.com.

The Commercial UAV Event for:



Energy & Utilities

Forestry & Agriculture

Infrastructure & Transportation


Mining & Aggregates

Public Safety & Emergency Services


Surveying & Mapping



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