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

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

Dr. Mostafa is the chief technology officer at Navmatica Corporation. He has 18 years of Industry Experience in the field of Geomatics Engineering. He participated as a technical specialist and/or technical lead in a number of projects in the USA, Canada, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Further, he co-authored over 160 technical publications including 2 reference textbooks. He serves as a referee for a number of Technical journals. Read more here.

Karen Schuckman, PLS, CP, CMS

Professor, Penn State University

Ms. Karen Schuckman is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Geography at The Pennsylvania State University, teaching remote sensing and geospatial technology in the online GIS programs offered by the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute. Prior to her move to Penn State, as the Geospatial Technology Leader at URS from 2005-2006, Ms. Schuckman supported response, recovery and mitigation projects with FEMA following Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. Read more here.

Christian Stallings

R & D Manager and Pilot, McKim & Creed

As the research and development manager for McKim & Creed, Inc., Christian Stallings oversees the company’s unmanned aerial system and aerial LiDAR services. Under his leadership, McKim & Creed has grown its UAS services to include 13 remote pilots and more than 1,000 flights throughout the southern and eastern U.S. Christian has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, ComputerWorld, Engineer Inc., POB and Commercial AV News, and was a featured guest on the NSPS Radio Hour. Read more here.

Dr. Qassim Abdullah

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

Dr. Qassim Abdullah is an accomplished scientist with more than 40 years of combined industrial, research and development, and academic experience in analytical photogrammetry, digital remote sensing, and civil and surveying engineering. His current responsibilities include designing and managing strategic programs to develop and implement new remote sensing technologies focused on meeting the evolving needs of geospatial users. Read more here.

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



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