ASPRS has released a call for posters for the fast-approaching UAS MAPPING 2014 RENO symposium which will be held at the Reno Ballroom in downtown Reno on October 21 and 22. The symposium is focused on education and collaboration on UAS technology and its application to the survey, mapping and remote sensing field. Industry experts from the private sector, academia and the government will present practical information on flight planning, mission control, acquisition and data processing for data analysis and production of mapping products.

A poster session is currently being organized which will provide another means of information exchange in addition to the general sessions, exhibitions, networking sessions and live demonstrations already organized. Poster sessions will be held concurrently with blocks of time allocated for networking and exhibition. A committee will review the applications and select poster session presenters from the pool of applicants. (Only symposium registrants will be considered!)


Please email poster applications to asprs.norcal@gmail.comThis is an excellent opportunity to highlight your UAS technologies, applications, research and development, and real-life project experiences! See you in Reno!

Early Registration Deadline Extended for UAS MAPPING 2014 RENO


Reno, NV – The first technical UAS symposium sponsored by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) 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!

This unique event will showcase UAS in operation including flights of the first UAS Mapping Calibration Test Course designed to be a permanent facility for the validation and accuracy assessment of UAS sensor payloads. General sessions will focus on the mapping and remote sensing aspects of unmanned acquisitions with the goal to provide practical information on UAS flight planning, acquisition, data processing and map production. National and international speakers will address current-day and developing UAS applications. Academia and research institutions will inform on existing educational and training opportunities. Survey, mapping, and engineering firms will be on-hand to share their experience and further their UAS implementation strategies. Government agencies will share information on the development of national and international mapping programs. UAS firms will benefit from meeting the managers of the Nevada UAS program and obtaining first-hand information on utilization of the Nevada UAS Test Site.

To find out more about the symposium, UAS MAPPING 2014 RENO, visit To learn more about ASPRS, visit

ASPRSThe American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) is “The Imaging and Geospatial Information Society”, a scientific non-profit association with a mission to advance knowledge and improve understanding of mapping sciences, to promote the responsible applications of photogrammetry, remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS), and supporting technologies.

Interested in Exhibitor and Sponsorship Information?

Exhibitor and Sponsorship Information

Do you have a product or service you’d like to showcase at the UAS Symposium? Purchase an exhibitor booth and you’ll have a place to discuss your firm with symposium attendees. Also, become a Sponsor of the Symposium and provide your firm an even greater level of visibility. Become an Exhibitor or Sponsor NOW.

GeoCue to host sUAS Workshop following ASPRS UAS Conference

GeoCue_180x180From GeoCue Group News:

GeoCue Group will host a one day workshop on small Unmanned Aerial Systems production in conjunction with the ASPRS Reno UAS conference. The workshop will be on Thursday, October 23rd (the day following the conference) beginning at 9 AM and ending at 3:30 PM. A working lunch will be provided. Topics to be covered include:

  • Planning an sUAS mission
  • Ground control and check points
  • Uploading the mission plan to the autopilot
  • Flying the mission (simulation only)
  • Quick look analysis using PhotoScan Pro
  • Preprocessing to a point cloud and ortho mosaic using PhotoScan Pro and Pix4D Mapper
  • Quality assurance in LP360 for sUAS
  • Creating analysis and output products using LP360 for sUAS

The workshop will consist of both theoretical considerations as well as numerous workflow demonstrations. We will be showing an overview of how to construct your own sUAS system aimed at small area metric mapping, covering details from telemetry radio selection to vehicle launching and recovery. We will be using data from actual collected projects and will cover the wide range of conditions and errors that affect project outcomes. This workshop will provide attendees with a detailed overview, based on actual experience, of what is and is not possible with this new and exciting technology.

The price of the workshop is $75 and includes lunch. Space is limited and will fill up very quickly so please indicate your intention to attend by sending your contact information to

Content for this post courtesy of GeoCue Corporation

Reno’s Economy Boosted by Drone Entrepreneurs

rowStartup Row, Reno’s newest strip of high-tech companies, fosters entrepreneurs whom develop software and manufacture drones. Tour one of the offices and you’ll think you’ve walked into somewhere in Cupertino rather than Northern Nevada. The FAA sanctioned UAS test site, along with location, low taxes, and sparse regulations, have transformed Reno into a hub for modern drone entrepreneurs.

Workers with a solid education background and talented skillset will be required to power Reno’s emerging drone industry. That’s why the University of Nevada, Reno partnered with an Australian drone company, and opened a research facility in downtown Reno. “The university is starting to work with Mr. Mike Kazmierski, president of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada, to make sure students are trained in specific skills or even the languages needed by companies looking to settle in Reno.” – Dionne Searcey, NY Times

Eliminating the stigma of being the “second-tier Vegas” is something city officials are working on diligently. Drones are playing a major role in making that vision a reality.

Content from this post came courtesy of the NY Times article Reno Rolls the Dice on High-Tech.

Preliminary Conference Program Now Available to View and Download

The ASPRS UAS Technical Demonstration and Symposium preliminary program can now be viewed or downloaded (Full and SHORT versions) on the Conference Program page. A full event agenda including speakers, sessions, and exhibitor information is available.

Conference Registration Now Available for Attendees and Exhibitors

Conference registration is now available for all attendees and exhibitors of the ASPRS UAS Technical Demonstration and Symposium. Registration has been consolidated into one easy-to-use link for all registrants.


Additionally, there is a new Exhibitor Registration page dedicated to providing exhibitors all of the necessary information about the conference.

A Brief Note from the Symposium Chair

logo_planeGood news – the Program Management Office in Nevada indicates strong optimism that the COAs for the live flight demos will be approved. The live flights will utilize the new test course to be established at the test site in conjunction with this symposium. The surveyed test course will remain to be utilized for ongoing UAS testing and quality control.

See you in Reno!

Becky Morton
Symposium Chair

SenseFly’s New eBee Mapping Drone has Built-in RTK

ebeeSensefly’s eBee RTK could be a game-changer. Jean-Christophe Zufferey, C.E.O. of senseFly claims “The eBee RTK offers surveying and engineering professionals the very highest positional accuracy, without the need for ground control points.” From flight planning to post processing (including GNSS corrections), the system is designed to be a complete out-of-the-box solution.

SenseFly’s 3 reasons to choose the eBee RTK:

  1. Survey-grade accuracy – Accuracy of 3 cm without the need for GCPs
  2. Fully integrated workflow – eBee’s flight planning and control software eliminate the need of third-party software
  3. Compatible with existing base stations – The eBee RTK is compatible with most leading brands of base station, working seamlessly alongside a surveyor’s existing portfolio of instruments.

Availability and pre-order information can be found at senseFLy’s website.

Story and Photo Courtesy of sUAS News 

First Civil Aviation Drone Test Flight this Summer in Nevada

nevadadronetestBeginning this summer, the skies in rural Nevada will be filled with identifiable flying objects. Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles will take flight in Nevada as part of the FAA’s effort of testing the new technology.

“Nevada’s FAA test sites are officially open for business,” said Steve Hill, director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, which has spearheaded the state’s efforts to become a test site, the first step in gradually opening U.S. airspace to unmanned aerial vehicles.

The ASPRS UAS Technical Symposium and Demonstration  is a UAS conference that will integrate an FAA designated test site into its program.

Story and Photo Courtesy of sUAS NEWS