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UAS Pre-conference Workshop

Below are the proceedings for the presentations given at the UAS Pre-conference Workshop at 2018 AGIC Education & Training Symposium.

Presentations are listed in alphabetical order by title.


File Size:
72.03 kB
Christian Fortunato
File Size:
70.81 MB

ASUREs Innovation Accelerator mission is to produce dual use technologies that accelerate the transition of disruptive technologies into the market. The UAS Innovation Challenge was a demonstration of this capability, student teams were challenged to develop capabilities that support the Search And Rescue teams in a post disaster urban environment.

Chris Gunter
File Size:
93.24 MB

Learn how Arizona Game and Fish Department's Engineering Branch uses sUAS for Department's use. How did AZGFD begin using sUAS, the types of uses they are using for sUAS, and lessons learned.

Jared Siegler and Zachary Radel
File Size:
49.94 MB

This presentation will focus on workflow and best practices for data aquisition to achieve proper deliverables for GIS use. Datasets are provided via the use of a UAV. Conventional methods for acquiring datasets and gaining access to GIS information for the purpose of creating deliverables will also be covered.


The expense of creating aerial imagery tends to motivate a desire for archiving and cataloging. As such, there is a large
amount of available imagery, much of it free, available to the public. The USGS website earthexplorer , where there are
images in various formats going back decades, is a good example. Other options include university libraries, state and local
GIS clearinghouses (AZGEO, for instance), and private organizations that sell imagery. Our objective of this brief is to give the
audience an overview of available imagery resources.


Most software designed to process imagery from small UAS uses a photogrammetry technique called Structure from Motion (SfM). Small UAS users can find SfM options either online or as a desktop standalone. Some online vendors include the option to upload images from the field. For SfM to work best, users should be completely familiar with requirements for the quality of the input images, sidelap and endlap, and any other input demanded by the SfM software. The presentation’s goal is to give the audience a quick overview of options for processing sUAS imagery as well as some fundamental requirements for employing SfM.

File Size:
1.89 MB

Small UAS remote pilots in command (PIC) are expected to develop a risk assessment. PICs must identify, document, and control hazards in the sUAS and its operating environment. This risk assessment should use a conventional breakdown of risk by its two components: likelihood of occurrence and severity. A tool to evaluate a hazard is the risk matrix, whose definitions and construction are up to the PIC to design. This presentation gives a methodology and example of constructing a risk management matrix and how to incorporate that matrix into checklists and standard operating procedures.

Brian Sherman
File Size:
2.25 MB

You already know Arizona is the best place in the country for flying and testing drones. Brian Sherman from the Arizona Commerce Authority will drone on about AZSkyTech, Arizona's initiative to accelerate UAS development and advanced operations for industry, government and academia.

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