Time Event Location
8:00-8:20 Welcome Session Trojan Center Theatre
8:30 - 9:20 Session 1 Patterson Hall
9:30 - 10:20 Session 2 Patterson Hall
10:30 - 11:20 Session 3 Patterson Hall
11:30 - 12:20 Session 4 Patterson Hall
12:30 Pick up Box Lunches to Go Patterson Hall Room 201


Workshop Options

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

Drone Mapping Workshop - Patterson Hall Room 101

Presentations on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles -
Sessions 1 & 3 by SAM Surveying and Mapping, LLC
Sessions 2 & 4 by Earl Dudley, Inc.

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.

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


Modern Mapping Workshop - Patterson Hall Room 103

Presentation by Alabama Society of Professional Land Surveyors on Modern Technology Surveyors

GIS (Geographic Information Systems) are technology that allows spatial and non-spatial data to be integrated, analyzed and presented. It has been a huge growth area 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!


LiDAR (Scanning) Mapping Workshop - Patterson Hall Room 105

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

Laser scanners (terrestrial LiDAR) are instruments that collect thousands and millions of 3-D points per second, and allow the creation of point-clouds of huge numbers of these points. These are processed to allow detailed measurements and maps of a wide range of things in the real world.

​Want to find out how these systems work, and how to get jobs in this in-demand career? Come to this workshop and find out!


Mapping Your Future Workshop - Patterson Hall Room 107

Presentation by Troy University Faculty on Geospatial Informatics Curriculum

Geospatial Informatics offers 2 majors and 4 minors, with the minors available on-line. 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!