Time Event Location
8:00-8:30 Sign-in Smith Hall Lobby
8:30-9:15 Welcome Session Claudia Crosby Theatre
9:30 - 10:10 Session 1 Patterson Hall 1st Floor
10:15 - 10:55 Session 2 Patterson Hall 1st Floor
11:00 - 11:40 Session 3 Patterson Hall 1st Floor
11:45 - 12:25 Session 4 Patterson Hall 1st Floor


Workshop Options

During each session you can choose to attend a different workshop to learn more about one of the following topics: Technological Mapping, Modern Mapping, Drone Mapping or Mapping Your Future.

Technological Mapping Workshop - Patterson Hall Room 101

Presentations on Emerging Technology for Data Collection
by SAM Surveying and Mapping, LLC

Surveying and mapping require highly sophisticated equipment which is constantly being upgraded. New technologies are emerging all the time to improve accuracy and speed of data collection. These technologies are changing the way surveying and mapping are done.

Advancement in the hardware and software of drones, GPS, phone apps, 3D printing, laser scanning, Virtual reality, Augmenting Reality, Artificial Intelligence and other data collect tools will require geospatial professionals with the ability to adapt to all the change that is occurring in technology.  

Do you want to be involved with the latest technology and have a career that is constantly seeing new tools and more advanced processes?  Come to the workshop to see what you could be a part of.

Modern Mapping Workshop - Patterson Hall Room 103

Presentation by Alabama Society of Professional Land Surveyors (ASPLS)  on Modern Surveyor Technology

Emphasis is on the technologies that help with the collection of data applicable to a licensed Land Surveyor.  There is a desperate need for licensed Land Surveyors in the country, with high starting salaries.  These land surveyors work with state of the art technologies that forms the basis for other professionals in the field of  GIS (Geographic Information Systems).  GIS is the technology that allows spatial and non-spatial data to be integrated, analyzed and presented. It has been a huge area of  growth over the past 30 years. It is used for land and environmental management, social analysis, map making, navigation and visual analysis, together with inclusion of advanced techniques of web integration, massive data integration, and distributed computing.

​How do careers in this area get started? What skills do you need to get involved? Can you get a graduate degree in this field? Come to this workshop and find out the answers to these and other questions!

Drone Mapping Workshop - Patterson Hall Room 105

Presentation by Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT)  with Command Center Trailer and Mobile Mapping Truck

Drones, also called UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) and UASs (Unmanned Aerial Systems) are becoming more common in geospatial data collection. They are complemented by equivalent small boats (Z-boats) for hydrographic surveying. ​Drones can carry regular digital cameras, video cameras, multispectral cameras, laser scanners (LiDAR) and a range of other sensors. They allow data collection at low levels and higher resolutions, without the time and cost of hiring regular aircraft.

Come and see the ALDOT’s drone trailer!!

​How can you make a career with drones, or just get involved with them? Come to this workshop and find out!

Mapping Your Future Workshop - Patterson Hall Room 107

Presentation by Troy University Faculty on Geospatial Informatics Programs, Troy Admissions on Troy University and GPI on Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM)Technology

The Geospatial Informatics Department offers  Surveying and Geomatics Sciences and  Geographic Information Sciences (GIS) degrees with the choice of 4 minors in these areas . These programs offer a wide-ranging curriculum and the opportunities to add significant expertise to your major, with a carefully selected minor.

How can you take advantage of the expertise and skills that are available through these programs?

​What are the job opportunities that are available?

​Are there scholarships and employment opportunities to help pay for this?

​How can you become a geospatial expert, and which discipline should you choose? Come to this workshop and find out!

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