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Webinar: Overview of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for GITA
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The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) is pleased to cooperate with GITA to present this webinar during which we’ll provide an update on the UAS landscape from a geomatics / earth observation perspective.

When: Tuesday, August 19
1:00 PM CDT
Where: United States
Presenter: Pierre le Roux, Director of ASPRS Primary Data Acquisition & Unmanned Systems Division

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Narrative: The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) is pleased to cooperate with GITA to present this webinar during which we’ll provide an update on the  Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) landscape from a geomatics / earth observation perspective. 

ASPRS, as a scientific association with members worldwide, is leading and actively participating in the evolution and introduction of new earth observation technologies and methods – such as UAS - that build upon the society’s historical roots in imaging science and technology in the form of photogrammetry and remote sensing.

With the above as background the objectives for this webinar include

· A introductory discussion on UAS, as part of a larger Robotics landscape, and the exciting evolution it brings to a well established existing mapping and remote sensing science and technology portfolio.

· With the timeframe for such implementation being dependent on the finalization of applicable regulation by the FAA, Congress and the State Legislatures, this webinar will provide an update of the State of UAS at the FAA.

· Outline of ASPRS’s cooperation with other stakeholder communities, societies and organizations –such as GITA in the development of an enabling environment supportive of the use of UAS in Geographic Information Science

We assume that attendees may have no prior UAS knowledge.

Pierre le Roux is the Director of the Primary Data Acquisition & Unmanned Systems Division at the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS).

Founded in 1934, the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) is a scientific association serving more than 7,000 professionals worldwide. Our mission is to promote the ethical application of active and passive sensors, the disciplines of photogrammetry, remote sensing, geographic information systems, and other supporting geospatial technologies; to advance the understanding of the geospatial and related sciences; expand public awareness of the profession; and to promote a balanced representation of the interests of government, academia, and private enterprise.

As Director of the Primary Data Acquisition & Unmanned Systems Division, Pierre works with the ASPRS President, Board and the ASPRS community to promote a holistic understanding of fusing the often competing satellite, manned and unmanned aerial sensing earth observation approaches and technologies.

Pierre le Roux is also Vice-President and Director of Geospatial Intelligence Solutions and Unmanned Systems at Quantum Spatial, Inc. These solutions integrate a wide array of sensor, information (IT) and communication technologies to geospatially enable business processes, operations and decision support systems serving end user markets that include Energy, Oil and Gas, and Emergency Response.

Contracted to BP as Integrated Intelligence, Surveillance, Remote Sensing (ISR)/Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) Management Advisor, Pierre provided consulting and leadership on the selection, acquisition, coordination, and deployment of appropriate surveillance, GIS and remote sensing technologies, as well as the ISR tasking, collection, production, exploitation and dissemination (TCPED) processes throughout the Deepwater Horizon Spill Response, NRDA and Restoration phases.

Prior to joining Quantum Spatial, he held positions as Global Land Information Solutions Manager at Intergraph Corporation, as Assistant Surveyor-General and founding Director of the National Centre for Geospatial Information and Analysis (NCGIA) in South Africa, and lead the GeoSystems Division of Intergraph Corporation’s Sub-Sahara African Distributor.

He holds a B.Sc. in Survey Engineering from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, with an attached major in Computer Science, and a Master of Science of Management Degree from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He is a Registered Professional Land Surveyor.

Key Words
: ASPRS, FAA, UAS, UAV, drone, robotics, remote sensing, infrastructure, legal, data, imagery, geospatial, GIS, earth observation


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