Oct 1-3, 2018 | The Westgate | Las Vegas
Incorporating Drone World Expo

ASPRS UAS Technical Symposium

ASPRS UAS Technical Symposium

Presented by The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS)  
Thursday, October 4 | 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:15 PM - 5:30 PM

The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) will be hosting their annual UAS Technical Symposium as a two-part, full-day program at Commercial UAV Expo. Attendees can register for Part 1 only (4-hours) encompassing concepts of precise geospatial positioning, accuracy assessment, image and lidar data processing that are the foundation for high-precision mapping with drones. Full-day registrants will return for Part 2 (4 hours) to cover sensor and system design, integration, calibration, and best practices for project design including start-to-finish workflow and product quality control.

*Register for the workshop when you register for the expo. The ASPRS UAS Technical Symposium is offered as an add-on to either Full Conference or Exhibits-Only registration for Commercial UAV Expo Americas.

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Dr. Mohamed M.R. Mostafa

Director, Microdrones

Bio to Come. 

Karen Schuckman, PLS, CP, CMS

Professor, Penn State University

Bio to Come. 

Christian Stallings

R & D Manager and Pilot, McKim & Creed

Bio to come.

Dr. Qassim Abdullah

Chief Scientist and Sr. Associate, Geospatial Services, Woolpert Inc.

Bio to come. 

Course Outline: Part 1

Part 1: High Precision Mapping by Drones – An Introduction (8:00 AM – 12:15 PM)

Mapping Frames of Reference (Datums) – M.Mostafa

  • Datum Definition (Traditional vs. Modern)
  • Ellipsoid vs Geoid vs MSL
  • Earth-Centered Earth-Fixed Systems
  • ITRS vs ITRF
  • The Geoid: NAVD88, EGM96 vs EGM2008
  • Map Projections – UTM, State Plane Mapping

Errors and Statistical Measures in the Mapping Profession – Q.Abdullah

  • Measurements and Errors
  • Error Characterization
  • Biases and Blunders
  • Random Errors and the Gaussian Curve
  • Accuracy and Precision

Photogrammetry Concepts – K.Schuckman

  • Photogrammetric Sensors, platforms, and applications
  • Standard Mapping Products
  • Geometric Resolution
  • Radiometric Resolution
  • Image Georeferencing Aerial Triangulation
    • Structure from Motion
    • PPK – Assisted Aerial Triangulation
    • DG – Direct Georeferencing
    • ISO – Integrated Sensor Orientation
  • Photogrammetric Data Accuracy Assessment

Lidar Concepts – K.Schuckman

  • Definitions
  • Lidar Sensors, platforms and applications
  • Lidar-derived mapping products
  • Calibration in Lidar
  • Lidar data georeferencing
  • Lidar accuracy assessment

Real World Examples – M.Mostafa

  • Photogrammetric Data workflow
  • Lidar data workflow
  • Data processing and Analysis
  • Quality Control
  • Product Delivery

Course Outline: Part 2

Part 2: High Precision Mapping by Drones – Operations and Best Practices (1:15 PM – 5:30 PM)

GNSS Introduction – Mostafa

  • GNSS Worldwide systems (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, Beidou)
  • GNSS Satellite Positioning – How does it work
  • The Measurement Domain vs. Positioning domain
  • GPS Error sources
  • Error Modeling, elimination, and/or reduction
  • GPS Achievable Accuracy using different Mechanisms
  • Alternatives to GPS Base Stations – Examples: CORS, OPUS, GEONET, CSRS, and ARGN

Inertial Navigation – Mostafa

  • Rigid Body Motion
  • Inertial Sensors
  • Inertial Navigation Mechanization
  • Coordinate Frames of Reference
  • GNSS and Inertial Integration

System Integration – Mostafa

  • System Integration for positioning, navigation, imaging, and Lidar
  • Lidar vs Photogrammetry
  • System integration for rapid response versus mapping
  • Time Synchronization
  • Calibration in Multi-Sensor Systems

Best Practices – Mostafa/Stallings

  • Requirement Identification
  • User Needs Assessment
  • Planning Considerations
  • Site setup
  • Datums Implications
  • Base Stations, GCP, Check points, etc
  • Mission Planning
  • Data Acquisition
  • QA vs QC
  • Pre-mission QC
  • Post-mission QC
  • Pre-Processing QC
  • Data Processing best practice
  • Post-processing QC
  • Map Product Delivery

Workshop Pricing

Part I

Part I & II



Contact Us

Contact information will be added shortly.

The Commercial UAV Event for:

Surveying & Mapping

Civil Infrastructure

Mining & Aggregates


Process, Power & Utilities

Law Enforcement, Emergency Response & Search and Rescue

Precision Agriculture


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