Special Pre-Conference Session: Surveying and Mapping with UAVs

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are becoming widely used in the toolkit of anyone looking to map the landscape.  The sensors that are carried by UAVs provide us with the opportunity to collect data that might not have been possible previously.  As with any tool, a UAV on a mapping project needs to be deployed appropriately.  This introductory workshop will provide an overview of what needs to be considered when offering surveying or mapping services using UAVs.

Topics will include:

  • The types of qualifications and skillsets required to successfully deliver surveying or mapping services.
  • Definitions of relevant terminology used in the surveying and mapping industry.
  • Examples of project deliverables from UAV surveying and mapping projects.
  • Discussion of the types of sensor payloads used on surveying and mapping projects (e.g. sensors for positioning data collected by the UAV, and types of camera and lidar systems), and when it is appropriate to use them.
  • Explanation of the types of quality control and project principles required to be successful.

What you will learn:

  • What roles are needed on your team to deliver professional surveying and mapping services.
  • Learn about the types of project where a UAV surveying or mapping service is more likely to be successful, and the types of sensor payloads that are better suited for those projects.
  • The importance of survey control, and where there will be sources of error in the surveying and mapping procedures that you use.
  • The principal stages in a surveying and mapping workflow that are required to produce a successful deliverable for your client.

Your Instructors:

WillTompkinson-ID.jpgWill Tompkinson has worked in the domain of 3D data capture for the purposes of metrology and geomatics application for over 15 years. After working in roles ranging from Research Scientist to Technical Consultant through to Global Sales Manager for organizations that include Ordnance Survey, Optech and Fugro, Will has now spent over two years as Consulting Lead for Insightful Dimensions, working with vendors and end-customers on both sides of the Atlantic. Through his work on these ongoing engagements, Will has a reputation for bringing expertise in both the implementation of, and market issues associated with, delivering projects using laser scanning systems, cameras, inertial navigation systems and 3D imaging solutions on the move. 
AdamBoczek-ID.jpgAdam Boczek has led Sumac’s small, but highly effective Geomatics and GIS team as Manger since 2011. A Registered Professional Forester in the Province of Ontario and an Ontario Forest Resource Inventory certified photogrammetrist, Adam has pursued a career in information management, with a strong emphasis on the use of GIS and remote sensing in the forestry industry and natural resource management. Most recently, Adam has the spearheaded the development of Sumac’s Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) program, providing class leading aerial imaging, survey and analysis services to the forestry, mining and civil engineering sector.