Monday, 17 June 2013

EGLR-ASPRS Meeting Announcement

Make your final plans to attend the June 21, 2013 ASPRS-EGLR Technical Meeting.

Here are some highlights:
· Location: Michael Baker Jr, Inc., Beaver, PA (4301 Dutch Ridge Road, 15009)
· Time: 8:45am to 4:30pm
· 10 guest speakers ranging in topic from UAS to LiDAR and more
· Receive 5 PDH credits certificate for attending the all-day presentations
· New for this meeting: Can’t travel to western PA, then attend meeting via GoToMeeting
o Please email Jim Peters at with your interest in attending via GoToMeeting
o We are limited to 20 on-line attendees.
§ Receive PDH credits via on-line attendance
§ Groups can watch and receive credits via single web connection.

· If you are traveling to Beaver, PA, the on-line registration closes on June 18 at 9am, via the EGLR website.

Please see updated meeting flyer below:

2013 Summer Technical Meeting
Where: Michael Baker facility in Beaver, PA (4301 Dutch Ridge Road, Beaver, PA 15009)
When: Friday June 21, 2013
Hosted by: Dr. Srini Dharmapuri ( LiDAR Scientist at Michael Baker and EGLR Regional Director)

Please make plans now to attend! We expect this to be a great summer technical meeting with 10 regionally and nationally known technical speakers. Attendees will receive PDH credits*. Experience a day of sharing knowledge and networking! 

Presentations will begin by 9am and end around 4:30pm. Lunch Cost: $12.50. There will be a catered lunch at Michael Baker. Please select this PayPal - PAY NOW link to register/pay for lunch. Last day to register is 9:00 am Tuesday June 18, 201. You can also register/pay for lunch by going to the PayPal link at ELGR Web Site. A doughnut-and-coffee breakfast and an afternoon snack will be available to attendees free of charge.

(*PDH credits [no cost] thanks on behalf of Dr. Carolyn Merry from the Center for Mapping at The Ohio State University).


Guest Speakers:

§ 9:00 AM Paul Byers (WQED Director of Engineering)
- Logistics and technical background of the Pittsburgh from the Air Production
§ 9:30 AM Jeff Lovin (Woolpert)
- Partnership with Altavian UAS and related project activities
§ 10:00 AM BAE or Baker
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Break
§ 11:00 AM Ken Scruggs (Midwest Aerial)
- Intergraph DMC II Projects
§ 11:30 AM Dr. Srini Dharmapuri (Michael Baker)
- Baker’s current Mobile LiDAR Activities
NOON to 1:15 PM Catered Lunch ($12.50/person)
§ 1:15 PM Dr. Aaron Morris (AutoDesk)
- Mobile LiDAR and Reality Capture Technologies for 3-D Indoor Facility Mapping
§ 1:45 PM Lewis Graham (GeoCue Group)
- New Developments in the Industry
§ 2:15 PM H. Karl Heidemann (Physical Scientist, Lidar Science, USGS)
- Updates on the USGS-NGP LiDAR Base Specifications (v1.1) and ASPRS Airborne LiDAR Committee Activities
2:45 PM to 3:05 PM Afternoon Snack
§ 3:05 PM David Saghy (USGS)
- 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) Initiative at USGS
§ 3:35 PM Fred Judson (Ohio DOT)
- UAS Operations at the Ohio Department of Transportation

Note: Lewis Graham, Karl Heidemann, David Saghy, and Fred Judson will be presenting via a webcast to the meeting attendees.

Directions: Michael Baker is located 20 miles north of Pittsburgh International Airport and 11 miles south of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Accommodations: Both hotels listed here are 6 miles south of Michael Baker.
Hampton Inn Pittsburgh Area Beaver Valley CenterTownship
202 Fairview Dr, Monaca, PA, 15061 United States ‎1-866-819-4308‎

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Center Township
105 Stone Quarry Road, Monaca, PA, 15061 United States ‎1-866-819-4308

For questions please contact:
Jim Peters
President – EGLR ASPRS 2013
jim (dot) peters (at) baesystems (dot) com

Preparing for ASPRS Certification

Upcoming Workshops in the ASPRS Webinar Series:
Check out the list of webinars we have lined up for you this year.
Sign up NOW

Preparing for ASPRS Certification
Registration Deadline: June 18, 2013
Webinar date: June 20-21
Instructor: Robert Burtch, retired, Ferris State
Course description
Price: ASPRS members = $300, Nonmembers = $450, ASPRS Student Members = $150
The webinar is 8 hours total, offered in two 2-hour segments on two consecutive days.
Thursday, June 20 – 11:00 am - 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm Eastern Time and
Friday, June 21 – 11:00 am - 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm Eastern Time
(You must attend ALL 4 segments to qualify for CEUs)

Photogrammetric Processing: Surface Model and Orthophotograph
Registration Deadline: September 6, 2013
Webinar date: September 10
Instructors: Jennifer Nix, DigitalGlobe and Jon Proctor, Consultant
Course description
Price: ASPRS members = $200, Nonmembers = $350, ASPRS Student Members = $100
The webinar is 4 hours total, offered in 2-hour segments.
Tuesday, September 10 – 11:00 am - 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm Eastern Time and
(You must attend BOTH segments to qualify for CEUs)

For complete information on these Webinar Workshops, go to

2nd Symposium on Advances in in Geospatial Technologies for Health

The 2nd Symposium on Advances in in Geospatial Technologies for Health will take place between August 25 and 29, 2013 in Arlington, VA, USA.

Please take a look at the ISPRS website where more detail on the symposium is listed. There are also links to a travel grant announcement and application form.

Approaches, Techniques, and Considerations for Land Use/Land Cover Change Mapping

Below is a link to the recording of last week’s GIS Division webinar. You could share this link via social media if you think people will be interested and could not attend the webinar live.


The third in the series of ASPRS/CaGIS/GLIS seminars was presented last Friday. For those of you who registered for the seminar but were unable to attend, and for those of you who did attend but might like to listen to it again, the recording has been posted to the ASPRS website. Go to and click on the link for the Approaches, Techniques, and Considerations for Land Use/Land Cover Change Mapping seminar. You may share this link with others who might be interested in the topic.

All of the recorded seminars in this series will be posted on this web page in the future.

Also note the upcoming seminars scheduled.


Kim Tilley

ASPRS - GISD Conference Call


Date: June 14th 2013 (the data has already passed but you can review tha agenda and scehdule)
Time: 12:00 pm EDT
Dial in Information: (712) 432-0175
Pass Code 1022039#.

· Introductions of all the attendees. (Max 10 min)
· Online Seminars
o Summary
· PE&RS Issue on Disaster Management Response – Update
· GISD website
· 2014 initiatives & activates
o Conferences (Louisville, KY and Denver, CO)
§ Increase workshops
§ Develop special sessions for both conferences
o Send meeting minutes to the regions after each conference.
· Interaction with other geospatial organizations.
· Glossary Update

Special Sessions
Fall 2013 (San Antonio)
Workshops /Webinar
o Geo-statistics

WebEx – 2013 Schedule

analysis and modeling
February 1

3D modeling
analysis and modeling
May 3

LC/LU change analysis
analysis and modeling
May 31

Social Research (CRP)
analysis and modeling
June 28

Open Source
fundamental GIS concepts
July 26

DFIRM - production
fundamental GIS concepts
August 23

analysis and modeling
September 27

WebEx – 2014 Schedule

Web Mapping
analysis and modeling
January 31

Hydrology (NHD)
analysis and modeling
February 28

3D Modeling
analysis and modeling
April 11

3D Cadastral
analysis and modeling
May 23

Other Activities
· Looking for volunteers that would represent the GISD and participate with other divisions or committees (Lidar, Remote Sensing/Climate Change, D&I)
· Looking for a lead to work with SAC and Young professionals.

Ideas – Suggestions
· Suggestion for new online seminars

Supporting Documents

Thursday, 6 June 2013

ASPRS Student Advisory Council Open Webinar

There will be an ASPRS Student Advisory Council (SAC) webinar on Tue, June 11 at 8 pm eastern time. This will be an open meeting for all ASPRS student members. You are welcome to attend and discuss ongoing projects of the council, and make recommendations for additional project to consider. Also, you can learn about upcoming openings on the council and the application process. Click here to register.

ASPRS Map Competition

Student Map Competition

Participate in a fun, challenging and exciting project: The Student Map Competition at the CaGIS/ASPRS 2013 Specialty Conference in San Antonio, Texas!

Date: October 29-30
Materials Deadline: October 1, 2013
Download the Competition Details in PDF Here.

Responding to disaster events requires a quick response on the part of public officials in order to protect the public. Maps are one means of communication that public officials use to warn citizens of potential danger. Often the final map used to communicate these dangers is a product of both complex data analysis and cartographic design. In recent years the importance of these methods of analysis and design on our ability to efficiently communicate information has become clear. Examples such as the Haitian earthquake in 2010, Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma, are just some of the examples of the importance of information communication about natural disasters. This challenge focusses on the use of data from Hurricane Ike, a category 4 hurricane that took place in September 2008. This hurricane made landfall along the Gulf Coast, and affected the city of Galveston, Texas.

The Challenge
The application of geospatial tools to predict the location of potential natural hazards and to inform and manage public response requires collaboration between scientists across disciplines. The objective of this competition is to demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively to determine the best methods for (a) developing predicted inundation areas using storm surge predictions and topographic information for the Galveston, Texas area; (b) merging predicted inundation information and evacuation routes to create a map to help the public understand the potential for impact in their geographic area and appropriate evacuation routes from their areas to safe zones.

The data for this competition is freely available from three government agencies. You will need to obtain storm surge data for Hurricane Ike from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) and combine it with 10m topographic data from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) evacuation routes are also available online. Links to these datasets are provided on the full competition details online at

Your success will be judged on the map or visualization product (suitable for a public audience), a written document detailing the methods you used to arrive at the map product, and an oral presentation of 10 minutes at the CaGIS/ASPRS Fall Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.