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K-State Polytechnic Professional Education and Outreach
2310 Centennial Road
Outreach Center
Salina, KS 67401-8196

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Drone Imagery Collection, Mapping, and Analysis

Small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS or drones) are now a common mapping and 3D modeling tool in many organizations. To fully-leverage this technology’s incredible capability to save money and time, operators need to have a fundamental understanding of how to collect quality images and process those images into usable information.

Learn proper camera settings and mission planning, participate in hands-on flight operations, and spend time working with leading structure from motion (SfM) software to process and analyze images collected from drones in this introductory course. 

Join us prior to the All-Hands Meeting to learn about imagery collection, mapping, and analysis. Attendees will be able to: 

  • Understand imaging sensors, camera settings, the electromagnetic spectrum, and camera modifications
  • Understand mission planning for precision mapping, vegetation analysis, and 3D modeling
  • Understand implementing ground control points and other means of spatial control
  • Process data related to precision mapping, vegetation analysis, and 3D modeling
  • Recognize the advantages of Agisoft Metashape (Photoscan), Pix4DMapper, and ArcGIS

Workshop Details

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Time: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Location: Kansas State Polytechnic in Salina, Kansas

Cost: $100

Registration deadline: Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Register through the Midwest Big Data Hub registration form


If you have any questions regarding the event or your registration, please contact the Kansas State Polytechnic Professional Education and Outreach office at 855-552-0079 (Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm CST) or email profed@k-state.edu.

About the Instructors

van der Merwe

Deon van der Merwe, PhD
R&D Researcher, GD Animal Health

Dr. Deon van der Merwe currently serves as an R&D Researcher at GD Animal Health in the Netherlands, and holds appointments as adjunct faculty at Oklahoma State University and Kansas State University. He also serves the UAS community in the role of consultant. Prior to joining GD Animal Health, Deon was a practicing veterinarian and researcher in South Africa. He moved to the USA to continue graduate research and spent 12 years at Kansas State University with agricultural and environmental applications of UAS as a research focus. He helped develop applications based on UAS-borne multispectral and thermal sensors in crop evaluation, biomass assessment in grasslands, green roof monitoring, water quality assessment, air quality assessment, livestock health assessment and more. He received the K-State Research and Extension Services Team Award (Western Kansas UAS and Crop Canopy Imaging Team). As a consultant, Deon assists various clients in commercial UAS applications, research projects at universities, crop producers, agricultural service providers and remote sensing service providers. Deon holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Veterinary Sciences and an Honors degree in Wildlife Management from the University of Pretoria, and a PhD in Comparative Biomedical Sciences from North Carolina State University. He has mentored over 25 graduate students and has authored over 35 peer reviewed scientific publications, 14 book chapters and numerous scientific abstracts.

Trevor Witt

Trevor Witt

UAS Data Analyst, Applied Aviation Research Center
Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus

Trevor’s experience in the small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) industry started in August 2013 at Kansas State University Polytechnic to pursue an undergraduate degree in Aeronautical Technology. In December 2016, he graduated from the program Suma Cum Lade, and in addition to his studies, Trevor worked in K-State’s Applied Aviation Research Center (AARC) as the sUAS remote sensing specialist. While a student, Trevor was actively involved in many of the AARC’s research projects including those in collaboration with Westar Energy, Bureau of Land Management, and K-State’s Department of Entomology.

Trevor now works full time at the AARC as the UAS Data Analyst and UAS Instructor Pilot. Currently, he plays an integral role in a multitude of projects for a variety of industries. This includes a UAS remote sensing comparison study for crime scene reconstruction funded by the National Institute of Justice, this NSF Ag big data project, and he teaches a 3-day professional short course on UAS remote sensing.