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2017 June 2 MSS Chesapeake College Seminar
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When: Friday, June 2, 2017
7:00 AM
Where: Chesapeake College
1000 College Circle
Wye Mills, Maryland  21679
United States
Contact: Khea Adams

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Maryland Society of Surveyors Chesapeake College Seminar 
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  Chesapeake Community College
Cadby Theatre & H-113 – Building 3 - Kent Humanities Building 
1000 College Circle
Wye Mills, Maryland

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Registration Fees


All Day Registration Licensed Members $250
All Day Registration Non-Members Licensed
All Day Registration Non-Licensed (Must be a member of MSS)
Half Day Registration Licensed Members- either Morning OR Afternoon $125
Half Day Registration Non-Member Licensed- either Morning OR Afternoon  $175 
 Half Day Registration Non-Licensed (Must be a member of MSS)- either Morning OR Afternoon $45 
Cancellation Policy for Workshop:  Cancellations received by Wednesday, May 27 will be refunded in full minus a $35 processing fee. No refunds will be given after May 28. 


Chesapeake College Seminar Program

Speaker Bios


June 2,   2017

Continental Breakfast & Check In




All Day Session

An Overview of sUAS Operations                                                                                                        
resented by: Benjamin H. Houston, P.E. Spatial Analytix, LLC                                                                                                                        

8 "A" Level CPC / PDH                                                                                                                     

Cadby Theater

UAV LiDAR and Other Specialty Sensor Applications

This session will provide an overview of non-photogrammetric UAV based sensor applications to include LiDAR, Magnetometer, Thermal, and near-infrared for vegetation. Basic principles of remote sensing will be included along with a survey of current sensors available in the market and their applications for mapping. The session will include a discussion of software and data format challenges and an overview of costs and other program considerations.

Assessing/Ensuring Accuracy on Drone Projects

This session will focus on flight operations and planning as well as data processing and integration of ground control to ensure specific target accuracy on drone data collections. Some photogrammetric principles will be discussed as well as error budgets. The session will include a review of formal NSSDA and ASPRS accuracy standards, the translation to National Map Accuracy standards, and the requirements for conducting formal accuracy assessments to validate drone flight operations.

Getting Your UAV Program Started

This session will focus on regulatory requirements and practical considerations for starting and maintaining an active UAV program. Example best practices for developing an internal operations manual, equipment acquisition and maintenance, staff training, and budget forecasting for program sustainability will be explored.

Facilitated Drone Panel Discussion

This session will provide the audience with access to a range of subject matter experts with practical experience in implementing various aspects of a UAV program. Each panelist will discuss lessons learned in their respective programs and some of the challenges and opportunities we all face with the rapid adoption of UAV technology in mapping and surveying. A significant portion of this session will be dedicated to audience participation and discussion. Come prepared to ask lots of questions to the people who have the most experience in the field!

Panelists: Nathan Travis, Century Engineering, Inc.; Seth Zora, AerdiA;  Eric Cooper, Wallace Montgomery; David Keffer, JMT; Lon Santis, ERM LLC

 No handouts for this session

8:00AM- 12:00PM

Half Day Morning Session

 One Person Survey Crew & Remote Reporting
Presented by: Matthew Marchioni, Topcon Sokkia; Lukas Duruttya, DiCarlo Precision Instrument

4 "A" Level CPC/PDH

This four-hour session will present the evolution of the Total Station into motorized robotic technology used as a one-man field instrument showing the upgrades and enhancements to the technology through the years to present day. This includes changes and acquisitions by manufacturers in the industry and what the robotic instrument offers in today’s world of positioning needs. We will look at the features and tools of the robotic unit as it now has become a sensor and part of a complete system solution providing a lighter, faster, highly effective productivity tool using current cloud technology, as well as combining GNSS technology to its capability of the most complete data acquisition and remote reporting tool. The robotic instrument has not gone away and in fact has grown and increased into other markets and applications and although it may look different since its inception in the early 1990’s, it has taken advantage of field computing power and has increased in unit sales dramatically since 2009. The session will include a 2-hour, first part indoor power point session followed by the 2-hour, second part, outside (weather permitting) hands-on session with current One Man robotic system utilizing GNSS and cloud technology demonstration including the real-time exchange of data between field and office.


Handouts will be provided by the presenter in the session




Half Day Afternoon Session

Fundamentals of Laser Scanning
Presented by: Chris Branas, Leica Geosystems Inc.

4 "A" Level CPC/PDH

The seminar will provide an overview of scanning technology, specifications and typical deliverables. It will cover the differences between a scanning total station and fully dedicated laser scanners and when each tool might be most beneficial to a project’s needs. Participants will learn to understand the many ways that manufacturers present hardware specifications and how these differences should be considered when looking into a High Definition Surveying (HDS) technology acquisition. Also discussed will be typical scanning applications, targeting strategies, and example deliverables. Among the session topics to be presented are as-built tools, applications and benefits, details to consider when choosing a laser scanner, point clouds, workflows, and examples of deliverables.


No handouts for this session


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