Mapping With Drones workshops provided on-line – Drones Information


Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones), also known as drones, are increasingly being used as data acquisition platforms to support a range of applications spanning disciplines and industries including planning, natural resource management, marketing, structural inspection, agricultural production, approval, STEM Education and Public Safety.

The Virginia Geospatial Extension Program offers a series of three-day online workshops on Mapping With Drones at an introductory level. No previous knowledge or experience with drones is required.

The workshops are aimed at natural resource professionals, planners, public safety professionals, agricultural operators, brokers, inspection teams and educators.

The curriculum includes FAA and SUAS terminology, current federal SUAS regulations, various SUAS platforms and associated applications, and much more. At the end of the workshop, participants will be prepared to take the FAA’s Remote Pilot Knowledge Test (also known as Part 107) and understand the steps to safely and legally plan, conduct, and document a commercial SUAS operation. You will also gain experience in processing SUAS-collected data.

The same curriculum is presented in each of the following sessions:

  • 7th to 9th December 2020
  • January 5th to 7th, 2021
  • February 23-25, 2021
  • 8-10 March 2021

General registration for the workshop is $ 150. Virginia Cooperative Extension representatives receive a discounted rate. Visit the workshop website for more details and a link to register. Please register at least one month in advance in order to receive workshop materials in good time.

The workshop is sponsored by the Virginia Geospatial Extension Program in partnership with Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech’s Conservation Management Institute and the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Protection, VirginiaView, and the GeoTEd-UAS project team (Geospatial Technician Education – Unmanned Aircraft System).

For more information, email John McGee or Daniel Cross.

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