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Online Seminars

Upcoming Seminars


The ASPRS GIS Division, in cooperation with CaGIS and GLIS, is sponsoring free online live seminars throughout the year.

Attention those seeking ASPRS Certification: ASPRS Online Seminars are a great way to gain Professional Development Hours!

Scheduled seminars for 2014

Free and Open Source Software and Web Services Specializing in the Water Sources Domain -- September 26, 2014

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There is increased attention by the mapping community here in the United States and abroad to the use of UAS for conventional mapping jobs such as corridor mapping, disaster sites, mine site, and any other small size projects. Woolpert purchase a UAS from Altavian and is in the process of converting it to a fully metric system. The presentation will discuss introduction to the UAS, system specifications, camera calibration, factors effecting flight and acquisition, evaluation of the derived geospatial data, and FAA current regulation.

Presenters: Maria Antonia Brovelli and Rafael Moreno-Sanchez
Dr Maria Antonia Brovelli . Degree with honors in Physics, PhD in Geodesy. Currently Professor of GIS at Politecnico di Milano. From 2006 to 2011 she lectured GIS at the ETH – Zurich. From 2001 to 2011 she was the scientific responsible of the Geomatics Laboratory of the Politecnico di Milano. Since 2011 she is Vice Rector for the Como Campus of Politecnico di Milano.
She is co-chair of ISPRS WG IV/5 "Web and Cloud Based Geospatial Services and Applications", Associate Editor of Applied Geomatics Journal (Springer); Member of the Scientific Committee of the Italian Photogrammetric and Topography Society (SIFET); Member of OSGEO Education Committee, Member of the Advisory Board of ICA-OSGeo Lab Network.
Rafael Moreno-Sanchez has a bachelor degree in forestry from the Chapingo Autonomous University in Mexico. He received his Ph. D. in Natural Resources Administration from Colorado State University in the USA. He has worked as Researcher for the National Institute for Forest, Livestock, and Agriculture Research (INIFAP) in Mexico; Director of the National Center for Disciplinary Research in Conservation and Improvement of Forest Ecosystems INIFAP (Mexico); Post Doctoral Fellow with the Organization of American States—SEMARNAP in collaboration with the University of Western Ontario (Canada). He has 17 years of experience as a fulltime professor teaching natural resources management, sustainable development, and geographic information science and technology in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver.


Comparing UAS Auto-Correlated Derived Elevation Models With LiDAR for Sand Mine Stockpile Volumetrics -- October 10, 2014

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Altavian and U.S. Imaging recently flew a sand mine operation using both an Optech Orion M300 LiDAR system on a manned Cessan T210 aircraft and using Altavian's Nova F6500 small, hand-launched, semi-autonomous aircraft. The two companies partnered in order to fly the site on the same day, and to determine whether the auto-correlated elevation model derived from the aerial imagery would be sufficient for conducting the airborne volumetric surveys typically reserved for using manned airborne LiDAR. The speakers will discuss the approach to this project, flight planning, ground control, and methods to compare the two datasets.

Presenters: Brian Murphy, Craig Emrick, and Apostolos "Tolee" Mamatas
Apostolos "Tolee" Mamatas holds a bachelor's degree in geomatics and a master's in electrical engineering, both from the university of Florida. He has a broad base of experience both in airborne LIDAR surveying and data processing and in system design and integration. Previous experience includes work in military contracting and government-sponsored research. He heads payload design at Altavian, where his focus has been to bring advanced systems to market in smaller and more cost-effective unmanned systems for small-scale aerial surveying.

Craig Emrick is a native Floridian and has been involved in surveying since 1993 in both the public and private sectors statewide. A 2002 graduate of the University of Florida's Geomatics Program, he is a licensed surveyor in the States of Florida and Alabama. He currently manages the planning, acquisition and processing of LiDAR and digital imagery at U.S. Imaging, Inc.

Brian Murphy is a Gainesville, FL native and is a graduate from the University of Florida holding degrees in Environmental Management Sciences and a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning. Brian is also a Certified Photogrammetrist, coming from over 12 years in the industry with a background in GIS, Lecia ADS40 processing, and Optech Gemini LiDAR processing. He currently serves as Altavian's Vice President of Business Development, and is Past President of the Florida Region of ASPRS and is the current Chair of the ASPRS Sustaining Members Council.

Planetary-Scale Geospatial Analysis with Google Earth Engine -- November 7, 2014

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Performing analyses on Earth observation data at large scales can be a time consuming and lonely task. Performing a satellite-based global analysis of deforestation, for example, requires downloading all the necessary satellite data, preprocessing it to suit a given algorithm or workflow, and then running the analysis on a desktop computer, or a cluster of CPUs. Depending on the scale of the data, the complexity of the workflow, and the capacity of the available hardware, each of these steps could take days, weeks, or years. Google Earth Engine greatly simplifies and expedites the process of analyzing Earth observation data. The platform provides a vast catalog of data, APIs for developing algorithms that can be run across the Google cloud, and tools for visualizing and interacting with data products via Web interfaces. This talk will introduce Earth Engine, describe how it works, and provide examples of how it is currently being applied to perform planetary-scale geospatial analysis.

Presenter: David Thau
Dave Thau helps scientists, NGOs, and other partners build software and algorithms that run on Google Earth Engine, Google's geo analysis platform. Prior to joining Google, Dave worked for many years helping ecologists and biodiversity researchers integrate their systems into distributed collaborative networks. Dave holds degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a doctorate in computer science from the University of California, Davis.










Emails for upcoming seminars are sent to all ASPRS, CaGIS and GLIS members with the registration link.  Just click on the clink in the email to get to the online registration for each seminar.  Please note that slots for the live seminar are limited to 95 so register early to be assured you are approved.  It is also important that if you register for a seminar that you do attend as there are more people interested in the live seminars than there are slots available to accommodate everyone.  After the live seminars have aired, a videotape of the seminar will be posted below.




Past Seminars

 Past Seminars -- to view the video, click on the title of the seminar


Building an Agile, Modern, and Open Geospatial Platform
Presenter: Nathaniel Irwin
Held January, 2014

NHD Applications Utilizing StreamStats
February 28, 2014
Presenter: Peter A Steeves

Modernization of the National Spatial Reference System
March 14, 2014
Presenter: Dave Doyle 

Beyond Visualization: Enabling 3D Spatial Analysis of Vector Geometry
April 11, 2014
Presenters: Tom Watson and Michael Martin

Landscape Disturbance Related to Natural Gas Extraction in the Mid-Atlantic Region
June 20, 2014
Presenter: Terry Slonecker

Terrestrial and Aerial LIDAR for the Measurement and Monitoring of Forest Ecosystem Services
Presenter: Monika Moskal
Held June 27, 2014

An Overview of Considerations and Methodologies for High Resolution Land Cover Mapping
Presenter: Chris Robinson
Held July 25, 2014



How The District Uses Remote Sensed Data (Lidar, Imagery, Doppler Radar, Etc.) in Our Water Modeling
Presenter: Al Karlin, Florida Water Management District
Held March, 2013

3D Indoor Modeling for Navigation
Presenter:  Dr Sisi Zlatanova, Delft University of Technology - Netherlands
Held May, 2013

Approaches, Techniques, and Considerations for Land Use/Land Cover Change Mapping
Presenter:  John McCombs, NOAA
Held May, 2013

Social Research using Geospatial Technologies 
Presenters: Yvonne Olivares and Aaron Schill, Community Researcher Partners (CRP)
Held June, 2013

Open Source Software in Commercial GIS Sofware Applications
Presenter:  Michael Rosen, LizardTech Seattle, WA US
Held July 26, 2013

From DFIRM to the National Flood Hazard Layer (NFHL):  Charting the Course of FEMA’s Digital Flood Hazard Data
Presenter: Scott McAfee, CFM, GISP FEMA - Mitigation Division Department of Homeland Security
Held August 30, 2013

FEMA’s Hazus Risk Assessment System – Technical Session on How to Use the Hurricane and Flood Models to Help Build Resilient Communities
Presenter: Chris Zambito, CFM, GISP, Project Manager for Water Resources in Dewberry
Held September 27, 2013




















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