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About the Instructor:

Mel Philbrook has been with Frontier Precision since 2012 as a geospatial solutions provider.He has a bachelor’s degree in engineering technology and business management. He has been a Trimble certified instructor in mapping and land survey systems since 1995. Over the past two decades, he has been involved in civil engineering implementation and managing geographic information systems, as well as providing consultation for geospatial solutions to a myriad of public and private companies. His 20+ years of field surveying, civil engineering and assisting GIS professionals in the public and private sector enables him to offer unique and valuable insight on the ever-changing geospatial market and provide advice or consultation to avoid potential pitfalls when implementing their geospatial applications. Mel Philbrook also holds a Recreational Pilot License and a Remote Pilot Certificate and operates UAS commercially.

Course: UAS and GIS - Enabling Drone Technology for the Geospatial Professional

Dates:  September 23, 2024 - 1pm to 5pm
Duration: Half Day (four hours)
Attendee Cost: $50



The emerging technology of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) is enabling GIS professionals to acquire high quality aerial data of project sites in a timely fashion.  The availability of lower cost drones, high-quality lightweight cameras, specialized sensors, and more user-friendly software is making it easier to deploy the technology and take advantage of the benefits.  Attend this workshop and learn more about the UAS industry, using different types of drones for work, corresponding FAA regulations, and software such as Esri Site Scan for creating 2D and 3D data in a GIS environment.  See firsthand what the data deliverables may consist of and how the data are used in mapping applications.

Intended Audience:

People interested in professional use of drones for remote sensing and geospatial applications within government, academic, or private commercial organizations.  All levels of users welcome, though this will appeal most to beginner to intermediate UAS users.

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding of basic UAS workflow for photogrammetry, and LiDAR mapping
  • Differences between various leading drone photogrammetry software packages
  • General knowledge of rules and regulations for legal commercial operation of UAS
  • General knowledge of drone, camera, and sensor characteristics

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