Smart devices and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are making geospatial technology adoptable, affordable, and easy to operate for a broad range of nontechnical users. SmartMap is a series of hands-on introductory workshops providing training in the use of smart devices and UAVs to collect, draw, and interpret georeferenced data to develop maps for improved forest management. Smart devices such as iPhones and iPads can support a variety of geospatial applications (apps) and global postioning system (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. SmartMap offers the following workshops:
SmartMap 1.0 introduces audiences to low-cost and easy to use geospatial mapping apps that can be used on smartphones or ipads. The class introduces audiences togeographic information systems (GIS), GPS and smartphone GIS applications. It provides hands-on tutorials to give attendees experience using these technologies. This workshop also introduces audiences to UAV technology and its applications for video capture and forest mapping.
SmartMap 1.0 Learning Objectives
- Introduce audiences to user-friendly GIS apps and GPS for iPhone and iPad
- Train audiences on using iPhone/iPad 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?
- Attendees with limited knowledge of GIS and UAV technology
- 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 needing a basic introduction to low-cost GIS and UAV technology
SmartMap 2.0 is focused on using low-cost UAV technology for video capture, forest mapping, and other natural resource applications. This course “unpacks” UAV technology and the applications and software needed to capture and generate forest imagery and maps. While SmartMap 1.0 provides an introduction to UAV technology, this course provides a more in-depth review with hands-on training in the use of apps for planning and conducting UAS flights.
SmartMap 2.0 Learning Objectives
- Introduce audiences to available low-cost UAS systems
- Introduction to available low-cost UAS sensors, including multi-spectral cameras
- Guide to planning and executing UAS flights using web-based applications
- UAS imagery applications and interpretation
- Exporting UAS imagery
Who Should Attend?
- Foresters & natural resource managers interested in adopting UAS
- Landowners interested in using UAS on their properties
- Real-estate professional interested in mapping and video capture
Upcoming Workshop Locations and Registration
There is a registration fee of $50 per individual, lunch included. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, as registration is limited to 25 people per workshop. Programs with fewer than 10 individuals preregistered will be canceled.
The fee is NON-REFUNDABLE. Requests to transfer your registration to another person must be made prior to the event by either e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (251) 937-7176.
Available Continuing Education Credits
• Forester CFE
• Logger PLM
• Arborist CEU
• Engineering PDH
The SmartMap workshops are funded in part by the Bradley Murphy Trust. Learn more about the Trust and its goals of improving the management of private forests by encouraging productive business relationships between forest landowners and consulting foresters and by improving the quality of private services available to forest landowners.
Email your questions to Smartmap@auburn.edu.
Alabama Cooperative Extension System
Beau Brodbeck is both an Extension Forestry Agent and an affiliate faculty in Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. Beau holds a Ph.D. in forestry and is both an Alabama Registered Forester and ISA Certified Arborist. Over the past seventeen years, he has worked in various facets of forest and urban forest management. He began his career as a forestry consultant before joining Extension as an Urban Forest Specialist 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.
College of Engineering, Auburn University
Christian Brodbeck is a Research Engineer with Auburn University’s College of Engineering. He holds a B.S. degree in Biosystems Engineering and a M.S. degree in Civil Engineering. A registered Professional Engineer, Christian 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. In recent years Christian developed an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) program for the College of Agriculture and is a Part 107 licensed remote pilot with over 400 recorded flights.