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About the Workshop

Smart devices and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are making geospatial technology adoptable, affordable, and easy to operate for a broad range of nontechnical users.

SmartMaps is a hands-on introductory workshop providing training in the use of smart devices and UAVs to collect, draw, and interpret georeferenced data to develop maps for improved forest management.

Devices such as iPhones and iPads can support a variety of geospatial applications (apps) and GPS devices that integrate seamlessly with aerial imagery to map, delineate, or identify management concerns both in the field and in the office. UAVs offer natural resource managers the ability to collect real-time aerial imagery that integrates with smart device apps for up-to-date management.

Workshop Learning Objectives

  • Introduce audiences to user-friendly GIS apps and GPS for iPhone and iPad
  • Train audiences on using smart devices to collect GPS data in the field
  • Train audiences to use GIS apps to develop maps for natural resource management
  • Demonstrate the capabilities of UAVs for collecting real-time aerial imagery
  • Demonstrate how to process and transfer UAV aerial imagery and data to iPad apps
  • Train attendees to share collected data with natural resource managers

Who should attend?

  • Forest landowners who want to improve mapping on their properties
  • Wildlife enthusiasts interested in mapping their properties for improved recreation
  • Recreational users who need to map forests for biking, hiking, or roads
  • Consulting firms interested in adopting improved mapping and aerial imagery
  • Real estate firms needing to collect and develop up-to-date forestland maps
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Program Agenda

Time Topic
8:00–8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30–8:50 a.m. Introduction to GPS for Smart Devices
8:50–9:10 a.m. Introduction to GIS for Smart Devices
9:10–9:30 a.m. Introduction to GIS KIT
9:30–9:45 a.m. Break
9:45–11:00 a.m. GIS Indoor Tutorial 1
11:00-12:00 p.m. GIS Outdoor Tutorial 2
12:00–12:30 p.m. Lunch (included)
12:30–12:50 p.m. Introduction to UAVs
12:50–1:30 p.m. UAV Legal Considerations and Software
1:30–1:45 p.m. Break
1:45–2:15 p.m. UAV: Outdoor Demo
2:15–2:40 p.m. UAV: Using Imagery
2:40–3:00 p.m. Sharing Maps
3:00–3:20 p.m. Applying Geospatial Technology to your Forest Management
3:20–3:30 p.m. Post Program Evaluation

Upcoming Workshop Locations and Registration

Registration Fee: There is a registration fee of $50 per individual, lunch included. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Registration is limited to 20 people per workshop. Programs with fewer than 10 individuals pre-registered will be canceled.

TO REGISTER: (1) online and pay via credit card, click the Register link for your preferred workshop below; or (2) mail a completed registration form and check to Attn: SmartMaps, Office of Professional & Continuing Education, 301 O.D. Smith Hall, Auburn, AL 36849 made payable to Auburn University specifying the location and workshop.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: The fee is NON-REFUNDABLE. Requests to transfer your registration to another person must be made prior to the event by either e-mailing opce@auburn.edu or calling us at 334-844-5100.

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Continuing Education Credits

  • Forester CFE
  • Logger PLM
  • Arborist CEU


Email your questions to Smartmap@auburn.edu.

Workshop Intructors

Beau Brodbeck, PhD

Alabama Cooperative Extension System

Beau BrodbeckBeau Brodbeck is both an Extension Forestry Agent and an Affiliate Faculty in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University. Beau holds a PhD in forestry and is both an Alabama Registered Forester and ISA Certified Arborist. Over the past seventeen years Beau has worked in various facets of forest and urban forest management. He began his career as a forestry consultant before transition to becoming an Urban Forest Specialist at Auburn Extension managing the Alabama hurricane recovery program. Over the past few years Beau has developed a number of educational programs and publications to serve the forestry and urban forestry communities in Alabama. His research has focused on urban forestry practices as well as migrant labor within the forest industry. Beau currently serves on the Research Committee and as a Trustee at the Tree Fund and as president elect of the International Society of Arboriculture Southern Chapter.

Christian Brodbeck, P.E.

Biosystems Engineering, Auburn University

Christian BrodbeckChristian Brodbeck is a Research Engineer with the Biosystems Engineering Department at Auburn University. Christian holds a B.S. degree in Biosystems Engineering and a M.S. degree in Civil Engineering, is a registered Professional Engineer and currently working on his Ph.D. He has worked for Auburn University for 12 years focusing his first four years of research on Precision Agriculture. Christian spent the next six years working in the area of bioenergy, in particular conversion technologies of woody biomass and harvesting logistics. During the last year Christian has had the opportunity to shift some of his research focus back to Precision Agriculture and has been working on developing an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) program for the College of Agriculture. He is a Part 107 licensed remote pilot with over 300 recorded flights. His UAS research areas are primarily in the applications of UAS for use as a management tool in agricultural and natural resource systems.

Becky Barlow, PhD

Alabama Cooperative Extension/Auburn School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences

Becky BarlowRebecca (Becky) J. Barlow is an Alabama Cooperative Extension System Specialist in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University. Becky holds a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture degree (1992) and M.S. degree in Forestry (1994) from Mississippi State University. In 2005 she graduated from Mississippi State University with a PhD in forest management and a minor in wildlife biology. Between the years of 1994 and 2007 she was a land management forester with Weyerhaeuser Company in the Mississippi/Alabama region. In her current position she develops programs and products to help family forest landowners manage their property for multiple uses including traditional forest management, silvopasture and other forms of agroforestry, non-timber forest products, and forest aesthetics. Forest management and measurements are important parts of her current programs. In addition, she teaches courses in forest measurements, land management basics, and forest history in Auburn University's School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences.