This article was originally published in Geomatics World.
The organizers of Commercial UAV Expo have announced they will host the first and only UAS Mapping Certification in the industry presented by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). ASPRS will be hosting a pre-conference UAS Technical Symposium at the Commercial UAV Expo in Las Vegas on Tuesday 24 October.
Participants in the UAS Technical Symposium will have the opportunity to sit for the UAS Mapping Certification exam on Wednesday 25 October; however, a full application with references must be submitted to ASPRS by 31 August 2017. Those who are deemed eligible to take the exam will be notified by 30 September 2017. Those who then pass the exam on 24 October will receive their certificates on-site.
“ASPRS is widely known as the society that develops and disseminates mapping standards for photogrammetry and LiDAR and provides nationally accredited certifications for those in the mapping profession. We are honoured they chose Commercial UAV Expo as the exclusive event to launch their new certification program which is an important distinguishing credential for surveying and mapping professionals using UAS” said Lisa Murray, Commercial UAV Expo Event Director.
What can you expect from the Technical Symposium and UAS Mapping Certification?
In a nutshell: A technical symposium for UAS operators interested in producing geospatial deliverables, presented by ASPRS. Our technical symposium on 24 October will cover 8 topics to be presented by ASPRS members and practicing service providers. Each topic will build on the previous giving the attendee a comprehensive understanding of UAS mapping in accordance with geospatial accuracy standards. The symposium will end with a presentation on the new ASPRS UAS Mapping Certification.
Who attends: Individuals considering using UAS for geospatial related services, Individuals who consume UAS data to support downstream services such as: Land Development, Transportation, Utilities, Mining, City and County GIS services and more. UAS operators interested in the ASPRS UAS mapping certification program.
Symposium: 8 sessions covering the entire mapping process culminating with a presentation on how to become certified by the ASPRS in UAS mapping.
Exam: ASPRS will be proctoring the first exam for UAS Mapping Certification at the conference. In order to take the exam at the Commercial UAV Expo, candidates must submit their application to ASPRS by 31 August, and will be notified of their eligibility to take the exam by 30 September.
Registration for the ASPRS UAS Technical Symposium is available when registering for Commercial UAV Expo. While early registration is encouraged for lowest rates, the deadline to register to sit for the certification exam is 31 August. Expo and symposium/exam registration is available here:
Symposium Information and Registration: http://conferences.asprs.org/uas-2017/
Certification application information: https://www.asprs.org/certification-program/asprs-certification-program.html
For complete information on the Symposium & UAS Mapping Certification Program visit: https://www.expouav.com/asprs-uas-technical-symposium/
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