ASPRS Outstanding Technical Achievement Award Outstanding Service Awards and Region Award Winners

BETHESDA Md. June 2 2015 – The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) proudly announces the 2015 Outstanding Technical Achievement Award to Tom Barclay for the development of the Microsoft TerraServer. Stewart Walker immediate Past President presented Barclay with a silver plaque and a monetary grant at the IGTF 2015 – ASPRS Annual Conference in Tampa Florida along with a number of other Service Conference Management and Membership awards.

OTAAwardBarclay is currently partner architect and development manager of Bing Imagery Technologies and the Bing Search team at Microsoft. He has been with Microsoft Corporation since 1994 and was the lead researcher on Microsoft TerraServer.  Prior to his career at Microsoft Barclay was a software consultant with Digital Equipment Corporation from 1976 to 1994.  Barclay is interested in database design scientific computing and data mining.


ASPRS Announces 2015 Award Winners

BETHESDA Md. May 2 2015 – The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) and the ASPRS Foundation proudly announce J. B. Sharma as the recipient of the Leidos/Estes Memorial Teaching Award and Professor George Vosselman as the recipient of the Photogrammetric (Fairchild) Award. These and other awards were presented at  the IGTF 2015 – ASPRS Annual Conference and co-located JACIE Workshop in Tampa Florida May 4 through 8 2015. 

J.B.sharma Sharma Winner of Leidos/ Estes Memorial Teaching Award

This year’s recipient of the Leidos/ Estes Memorial Teaching Award is J.B. Sharma. Sharma is a faculty member at the University of North Georgia (UNG) and is the Assistant Head of the Department of Physics.

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Registration is Now Open for UAS Mapping 2015 Reno

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Bethesda Md. May 28 2015 – The second annual technical UAS symposium sponsored by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) is approaching (September 29-30)! The current fee for ASPRS members to attend the event is only $350. The current fee for non-ASPRS members to attend the event is only $400.  Student rates are available. Exhibitors are provided an exhibit booth and benefits which include two complimentary registrations for only $650. All rates will increase on August 15 2015 so register now!

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Beginning Slate of Flyers Announced for ASPRS UAS Mapping 2015 Reno Symposium

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BETHESDA Md. April 10 2015 – UAS flyers are signing up to participate in the 2nd Annual UAS MAPPING Test Flights. Ten firms have already expressed their interest in putting their systems through the paces and many more firms are expected to join in! Flights will occur at the beautiful Turf Farm outside of Reno which hosted the test flights at the 2014 event. Organizations interested in performing test flights on the calibration range should contact Pierre le Roux at zpleroux@gmail.com.

New ASPRS Positional Accuracy Standards for Digital Geospatial Data Released

BETHESDA Md. March 2 2015 – The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) is pleased to announce the release of the new Positional Accuracy Standards for Digital Geospatial Data. The new standards are available at: https://www.asprs.org/Standards-Activities.html.

The new ASPRS accuracy standards fill a critical need for map users and map makers alike. For centuries map scale and contour interval have been used as an indication of map accuracy. Users want to know how accurately they can measure different things on a map and map makers want to know how accurate maps need to be in order to satisfy user requirements. Those contracting for new maps depend on some form of map accuracy standard to evaluate the tradeoff between the accuracy required vs. how much time and expense are justified in achieving it and then to describe the accuracy of the result in a uniform way that is reliable defensible and repeatable.

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UAS Mapping Reno Call for Abstracts

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Bethesda MD – The second annual technical UAS symposium sponsored by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) is scheduled for September 29-30 2015 in Reno Nevada.  Expanding on the highly successful format and events of last year’s symposium this year’s event will include test flights UAS data processing and workshops. 

The extended schedule is:
Sat – 9/26        UAS Test Flights
Sun – 9/27        UAS Test Flights
Mon – 9/28       UAS Test Flight Data Processing Workshop (hosted by ASPRS)
                          Exhibit Set-Up
                          Opening Reception
Tues – 9/29       Symposium and Technical Demonstration – Reno Ballroom
                          UAS Live Demonstration
Wed – 9/30       Symposium and Technical Demonstration – Reno Ballroom
Thurs – 10/1     UAS Meetings and Workshops (open for vendors and agencies to host)

Coalition of Geospatial Organizers (COGO) Announces the Release of the Report Card on the U.S. National Spatial Data Infrastructure

BETHESDA Md. Feb. 11 2015 – The Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO) announces the release of its Report Card on the U.S. National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) that depicts the condition and performance of the nation’s geospatial “infrastructure” which includes surveyed mapped and remotely-sensed information.

The report card was developed by an expert panel chaired by The Honorable James E. Geringer former Governor of Wyoming with Dr. David J. Cowen John J. Moeller Dr. John D. Bossler Susan Carson Lambert The Honorable Tom D. Rust and The Honorable Robert T. Welch. COGO initiated this effort in 2009 by securing the commitment of the expert panel members who worked on a volunteer basis to produce this report.

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Pecora ISPRS IAG Joint Symposium Presents Prestigious Awards

BETHESDA Md. January 7 2015 – The United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) presented a number of prestigious awards during the Pecora 19 Symposium in conjunction with the Joint Symposium of ISPRS Technical Commission I and IAG Commission 4 in Denver Colorado November 17 – 20 2014.  

On Tuesday November 18th Dr. Frank Kelly Director USGS EROS presented the 2014 William T. Pecora Awards. The William T. Pecora Award is presented annually to individuals or groups that make outstanding contributions toward understanding the Earth by means of remote sensing. The award is sponsored jointly by the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

2014 Group Award – Landsat 8 Team – For outstanding contributions toward understanding the Earth’s land surface and surrounding coastal regions.
Landsat 8 TeamThe Landsat Data Continuity Mission was successfully launched on February 11 2013. Renamed Landsat 8 on May 30 2013 this mission continues the goals established by William Pecora and other visionaries 50 years ago. The Landsat 8 Team consisting of NASA USGS and industry partners has performed at the highest levels from the beginning of mission development to the present.

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Outstanding PECORA ISPRS IAG Joint Symposium in Denver

BETHESDA Md. December 22 2014 – The Pecora 19 Symposium in conjunction with the Joint Symposium of ISPRS Technical Commission I and IAG Commission 4 was held November 17 – 20 2014 at the Renaissance Denver Hotel in Denver Colorado with great success for all involved and in attendance. 

full exhibithallThe Symposium welcomed over 480 attendees from more than 25 countries around the globe for a unique and thought provoking two and a half days of technical sessions. All industry segments were well represented with 39% of the attendee base from the Commercial side 29% from Academia and 32% from Government.  More than 190 speakers presented in 35 sessions ranging in topic from “UAS and Data Analysis” to “Landsat and Sentinel” “Land Cover Change” “Mobile Mapping Technologies” and many more. “The caliber of sessions at this symposium has been the best I’ve experienced …” said one attendee.


UAS Industry Leaders Participating in UAS MAPPING 2014 RENO


 BETHESDA Md. September 24 2014The first UAS technical symposium sponsored by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) announces that industry leaders in the UAS commercial industry are onboard for UAS MAPPING 2014 RENO!

The technical program has been designed to provide practical information on sensor types and platforms as well as soup-to-nuts details on planning a mission controlling the mission flying the mission and processing the data. ASPRS is “The Imaging and Geospatial Information Society” and its members will be evaluating issues such as accuracy and data quality.

Technical presenters during the symposium include David Ward of Silent Falcon Dr. Bernd Lutz of Multirotor Service Drone Baptiste Tripard of senseFly Ruedi Wagner of Leica Geosystems Wolfgang Juchmann of Velodyne Antoine Martin of Pix4D Heather James of Kitware Dr. Hank Theiss of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency David Dvorak of Field of View Vince Ambrosia of NASA Nazlin Kanji of AeroVironment to name a few.

Early Registration Deadline Extended for UAS MAPPING 2014 RENO

BETHESDA Md. September 3 2014 – The first technical UAS symposium sponsored by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Northern California Region is approaching (October 21-22)!  The deadline for early registration has been extended to allow attendees just learning about this exciting event to take advantage of low registration and exhibition fees.  The current fee for ASPRS members to attend the event is only $250. The current fee for non-ASPRS members to attend the event is only $300.  Exhibitors are provided an exhibit booth and benefits which include two complimentary registrations for only $600.  All rates will go up in price on September 12 2014 so register now!  Click Here to Register today.

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In Memoriam Carolyn J. Merry PhD. (1950-2014)

BETHESDA Md. June 5 2014 – It is with deep sorrow that we inform you of the loss of a respected and long-time member Past President friend and mentor Carolyn Jean Merry PhD. retired Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil Environmental and Geodetic Engineering at The Ohio State University.

Merry photoMerry was tragically killed on Tuesday June 3 2014 in a highway automobile crash in her home state of Ohio. The vehicle she was driving was struck from behind by a tractor trailer that failed to stop for traffic backed up due to an earlier crash.

ASPRS officers and staff members who worked with Merry remember her warmth calm demeanor and friendliness and were grateful for the reasoned advice she readily provided. “She was caring of officers and members of the Society very willing to participate in student sessions and gave selflessly of her time for the benefit of the Society and its members” said Stewart Walker ASPRS President.

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ASPRS Announces 2014 Award Winners

BETHESDA Md. May 5 2014 – John R. Jensen and Stanley A. Morain were inducted as Honorary Members of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) on Tuesday March 25 at the ASPRS 2014 Annual Conference in Louisville Kentucky.

Initiated in 1937 this life-time award is given for professional excellence in recognition of individuals who have rendered distinguished service to ASPRS and/or who have attained distinction in advancing the science and use of the geospatial information sciences.  It is awarded for professional excellence and for at least 20 years of service to ASPRS.

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Dr. John Jensen was made an ASPRS Honorary Member for his lasting contributions to the field of remote sensing and GIScience in the geographical environmental biophysical and urban sciences through his research publications leadership and undergraduate and graduate teaching.  He taught hundreds of undergraduate students and mentored 62 Masters and 35 PhD graduate students to completion in the Department of Geography at the University of South Carolina. In effect he helped educate a generation of remote-sensing scientists who are now making significant contributions in academia government and industry.

Stanley A. Morain PhD

DeGloria Morain CetinDr. Stanley Morain was made an ASPRS Honorary member for his service of over 38 years Dr. Morain carved a distinguished career in remote sensing recognized locally nationally and internationally. His contributions focused on educating his students and developing professional ties to research communities in many developing countries on the applications of remote sensing in several societal benefit areas but primarily in agriculture transportation and public health. In pursuit of his vision he worked with many research teams and governments in Latin America Asia and Africa.

Dr. Jensen and Dr. Morain received their awards at the ASPRS 2014 Annual Conference in Louisville Kentucky on Tuesday March 25. The Honorary Member is the highest award an ASPRS member can receive and there are only 25 living Honorary Members of the Society at any given time. Candidates are chosen by a Nominating Committee made up of the past five recipients of the award and chaired by the most recent recipient. The award consists of a plaque and certificate and presented by the ASPRS Foundation.


ASPRS 2014 Outstanding Service Award Winners

BETHESDA Md. May 6 2014 — The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) proudly announces the following 2014 Outstanding Service Award Winners:  

Clifford W. Greve PhD CP for his endowment of the Outstanding Technical Achievement Award and his foresight in establishing the award.

Lewis Graham for his leadership in establishing and leading the Lidar Division and sustained efforts to enhance the LAS file format specification as a geospatial industry standard.

David Alvarez for this leadership in establishing periodic GIS Division teleconferences and initiating a web-based seminar series with co-sponsorship from CaGIS and GLIS.

Roger E. Crystal for his sustained efforts as Membership Development Coordinator.

William G. Hemple for his long-term leadership and professionalism as Chair memorial Address Committee.

USGIF Names Roberta “Bobbi” Lenczowski as the 2013 Arthur C. Lundahl – Thomas C. Finnie Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

BETHESDA Md. April 23 2014On Thursday April 17 2014 in Tampa Florida the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) announced Roberta “Bobbi” Lenczowski as the recipient of the USGIF Arthur C. Lundahl–Thomas C. Finnie Lifetime Achievement Award. She received her award during the GEOINT 2013* Symposium general session. Lenczowski is the 10th and first female recipient of the award.


ASPRS Establishes the First UAS Mapping Calibration Test Course


BETHESDA Md. August 18 2014 – The first mapping calibration test course for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) will be established by ASPRS at the Reno Stead airport an FAA-designated UAS test site.  The course will include ground surveyed targets of varying height radiometric targets undulating surfaces “surprise” targets and simulated flight restricted areas.  The first UAS flights of the test course will be conducted in conjunction with the UAS MAPPING 2014 RENO symposium on October 21-22 2014 in Reno Nevada.


Charles Toth Elected as ASPRS Vice President

Scott Perkins John McCombs Jason Stoker and Frank Taylor elected as Assistant Division Directors

BETHESDA MD MARCH 7 2014 — ASPRS The Imaging and Geospatial Information Society announces the results of its 2014 elections for National Officers. The Tellers Committee reported that Charles Toth of The Ohio State University (OSU) won the election to become ASPRS Vice President for 2014. With the installation of officers at the ASPRS Annual Conference in March Stewart Walker moves into the position of President; Lynn Usery becomes President-Elect; and Stephen DeGloria becomes Immediate Past President.

TothVice President-Elect Charles K. Toth is a Research Professor in the Department of Civil Environmental and Geodetic Engineering at OSU. He received his MSc in Electrical Engineering and a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Geo-Information Sciences from the Technical University of Budapest Hungary. He has published over 300 peer-reviewed journal and proceedings papers and he is the co-editor of the widely popular book LiDAR: Topographic Ranging and Scanning Principles and Processing. Toth joined ASPRS in 1988. From 2004-2008 he served as Assistant Director then Director of the Photogrammetric Applications Division (PAD). Since 2008 he has served as the ASPRS Eastern Great Lakes Region National Director. He is also President for the 2012-2016 Congress Period of Technical Commission I for the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS).

Toth said “ASPRS is the premier society for geospatial information science and engineering professionals uniquely blending government the private sector and academia. It is absolutely essential for the entire society to maintain its position of leadership as the broad use and application of remote sensing and geospatial data reaches many users who are not traditional members of ASPRS.” Toth continued “we must be more proactive demonstrating our knowledge and competence to solve problems for humankind including disaster response environment climate change peacekeeping and food supply… I look forward to serving as an officer of ASPRS with honor and responsibility.”



New ASPRS Executive Director Michael Hauck PhD. to Share his Vision at International LiDAR Mapping Forum 2014


January 27 2014 (Portland Maine) – Organizers of the International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) taking place February 17-19 2014 in Denver are delighted to announce that Michael Hauck PhD. the new Executive Director of ASPRS will be speaking at ILMF 2014.  “We’re thrilled to have Dr. Hauck address the ILMF audience at the 11th annual ILMF,” said Lisa Murray Director of International LiDAR Mapping Forum. “ASPRS plays a vital role in the LiDAR industry as it is the key organization that sets data format and accuracy standards for kinematic laser scanning and we are grateful for its support of ILMF.”