Centimeter Accurate GPS Made Simple

October 9, 2017 - Using Your Smartphone/tablet for High-Accuracy GPS Data Collection.
Location: Rutgers University Inn & Conference Center, New Brunswick, NJ

Using Your Smartphone/tablet for High-Accuracy GPS Data Collection

About this event

The workshop will explore the growing trend of using smartphones and tablets in the field as GPS/GIS data collection devices (BYOD – Bring Your Own Device). Carrying a specialized “GPS handheld” is no longer necessary to collect high-accuracy, feature-rich data.

How accurate is the GPS chip inside your iPad? How can you get submeter or centimeter accuracy using your iPad, iPhone or Android device? Which software should you use on your smartphone/tablet to collect GPS/GIS data?

The workshop will also discuss the basic concepts of how GPS works and how GPS and GNSS will change significantly over the next few years. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own mobile devices, including legacy GPS handhelds, for an interactive workshop.

WHERE

Rutgers Inn & Conference Center
New Brunswick, NJ

WHEN

October 9, 2017

Workshop
Agenda

8:30am
Introduction and Overview
How did mobile technologies evolve? Looking at the legacy of devices
and operating systems (Windows Mobile, Blackberry, iOS and Android).

8:45am
BYOD – The Future of Field Data Collection
• What is BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)?
• Why BYOD makes sense.
• When BYOD doesn’t make sense.

9:30am
GPS/GNSS receivers: Basic operation & technology trends
• How does GPS work?
• How accurate is GPS?
• Different categories and capabilities of GPS receivers.
Recreational vs. Professional
• GPS Advancements: What can you expect in the next couple of years

10:30am Break

10:45am
A look at BYOD hardware and software:
• iOS, Android, Windows smartphones, and tablets.
-Screen readability, GPS accuracy, ruggedness, expandability,
and flexibility
• Software.
-Open source (free) vs. paid. Esri, tMap, Avenza, GIS Cloud, etc.
-Cloud vs. on-device software. To download or not to download?
• What combination works best for you?

12:00 Lunch

1:00pm
GPS mapping fundamentals and troubleshooting
• Why doesn’t my data line up?
• Map projections and datums.
• GIS data collection structure. Points, lines and polygons.
• Field data collection forms.
• Linking photos to data.

2:30 Break

2:45pm
Using background map data, sources and cost.
• Imagery (aerial/satellite/UAV photos).
• Vector (roads, parcels, contours, etc.).
• Sources of free and paid data.

3:15pm
Wrap up and Q&A

4:00pm Adjourn

Eric_Gakstatter-2

About the Instructor

Eric Gakstatter has been involved with GPS for more than 25 years as a product manager, consultant and power user of GNSS technology. He has used GNSS receivers on six continents.

Since 2006, Eric has been the high-precision GNSS editor for GPS World magazine, writing over 100 technical articles and speaking at numerous conferences in North America, Europe, Africa and Australia. Eric’s consulting firm, Discovery Management Group is located in a suburb of Portland, Oregon, where he operates a GNSS lab to test GNSS receivers, mobile devices and GPS/GIS data collection workflows

Drone GIS Mapping
& Inspection Workflows

October 10, 2017 - Do-It-Yourself Centimeter Resolution Drone Mapping.
Location: Rutgers University Inn & Conference Center, New Brunswick, NJ

Do-It-Yourself Centimeter Resolution Drone Mapping

About this event

You no longer need a traditional FAA Pilot license or a $50,000 drone to start using UAVs for mapping and inspection. The FAA rules changed last summer so it’s much easier to start flying now. Consumer drones are getting better, faster, less expensive and easier to fly.

The workshop will explore:
• The current FAA rules for flying drones and what it takes to obtain a drone pilot certificate.
• Discussion about different types of drones, costs, and capabilities.
• Examples of products and data you can produce with an inexpensive drone.

The workshop will discuss the basic concept of how UAVs work and how they will change over the next few years. Join a lively discussion on collecting data with drones. You can now put a drone in your pickup along with the rain gear.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own drones for an interactive discussion. Static display of drones will be available at the workshop.

WHERE

Rutgers Inn & Conference Center
New Brunswick, NJ

WHEN

October 10, 2017

Workshop
Agenda

8:30am
Introduction and Overview
How did mobile technologies evolve? Looking at the legacy of devices
and operating systems (Windows Mobile, Blackberry, iOS and Android)

8:45am
Drone Rules
• How to obtain a drone pilot certificate.
• 20 hours of on-line study. Common test questions.
Local test centers.
• Drone flying rules. Where can you fly and not fly?
• Flying by yourself, flying in the woods and around people.
• Hobby vs. business flying.

10:30am Break

11:00am
Drone Technology: Capabilities, cost and pros/cons
• Airframes
-Rotorcraft, fixed-wing, hybrid.
-Flight controller (tablet/smartphone vs. proprietary).
-Airframe pros/cons.
-Batteries.
-Operating differences.

12:00 Lunch

1:00pm
Drone Technology (continued)
• Mission planning software
-Third-party vs. manufacturer-supplied.
-iOS vs. Android vs. Windows.
• Sensors
-RGB cameras (photogrammetry, Phodar point clouds).
-Lidar, thermal, NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index).
• Image processing software
-Matching images effectively and accurately.
-Using ground control points.
-Cloud processing vs. Stand-alone processing.
-Producing orthophotos, DEM (Digital Elevation Model)/DSM
(Digital Surface Model), contours, volumes and 3D models.
-Integrating into GIS (Esri) systems.

2:30pm Break

2:45pm
The Possibilities. What’s Possible with a $1,500 UAV?
• Orthophoto example .• Elevation contour example.
• 3D model example. • DEM/DSM example. • Volume example.

3:15pm
Wrap up and Q&A

4:00pm Adjourn

Instructor

Eric_Gakstatter-2

About the Instructor

Eric Gakstatter has been involved with UAVs since 2012. He holds an FAA Private Pilot certificate and an FAA 333 Exemption to fly UAVs for commercial operations. He’s tested UAVs from a wide variety of manufacturers using several different sensors.

He has presented at many conferences and written many articles for Geospatial Solutions on the value of using inexpensive UAVs to produce high-accuracy data.

Eric’s consulting firm, Discovery Management Group, www.gps-mapping.com, is located in a suburb of Portland, Oregon, where he tests various UAVs and processes UAV imagery using specialized software and high-performance computers.

Grab your ticket now!

UAS & High Precision GPS Workshops

Workshop Locations
Session 1 Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center 178
Ryders Ln, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
inn.rutgers.edu (732) 932-9144

Session 2 Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center 178
Ryders Ln, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
inn.rutgers.edu (732) 932-9144

Lodging Information
Session 1: Early bird rates as low as $79/night are available, first come first serve, with early booking through inn.rutgers.edu.

Session 2: Early bird rates as low as $79/night are available, first come first serve, with early booking through inn.rutgers.edu.

Questions?
Give us a call or email.

Discovery Mangement Group
(541) 829-3443 or ericpg@gps-mapping.com

Full Access

$450

Registration
The registration fee for any one workshop is $225 if received by Sept 15, 2017 or $300 after Sept 15. The registration fee for any two workshops, attended by the same person, is $375 if received by Sept 15, 2017 or $450 after Sept 15. The registration fee includes a book of speaker materials and light refreshments. Checks should be made payable to Discovery Mangement Group, llc. Purchase orders, VISA/Mas-terCard, and American Express are accepted.
Tax id # 930-331-712. Any questions: (541) 829-3443

Cancellations
Cancellations received by September 30, 2017 are subject to a 15% service charge. Cancellations received after that time will be charged the entire registration fee, but substitutions are always welcome.

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