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Presenter: Edwin “Chip” Simon

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Albuquerque, NM

Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North
5151 San Francisco Road NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Phone: 505-821-3333

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:15 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:15 - 1:15 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:15 - 5:00 pm

Commercial Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Applications - 
FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot License

   Regulatory overview for commercial applications
   Preparing for the test
   Where to take the test
   Key topics - airspace, sectional charts METARs, TFRs, working with other agencies
   Operational safety - flight and maintenance logs

Overview of Commercial sUAS Systems for Surveying 
and Engineering Applications

   Benefits of sUAS vs traditional manned aircraft photogrammetry
   Aircraft types, fixed wing, quad, hex and octa copters
   Payload capacity, system redundancy, control and avionics
   Cameras: sensor sizes and types, dynamic range, lens specifications

Integration of GPS, Terrestrial and sUAS Data into CAD and GIS

   Introduction/refresher to map projections and coordinate systems
   Geodetic datums and coordinate systems
   Overview of the Transverse Mercator Projection
   Grid/ground coordinates and geoid models
   Getting terrestrial and GPS data to match and work harmoniously
   Map projection setup in AutoCAD, GIS and the .PRJ file

Mapping Using UAS - Preflight

   Capture software set-up - Pix4D Capture, DJI Ground Station Pro, Litchi
   Preflight planning, project control, GCP location and density
   Flight operations and considerations

Photogrammetry Demonstration/Case Study - Post-flight

   Pix4D software demonstration
   Pix4D - project setup, directory structure, camera optimization parameters
   Working with control points, aerial targets and photo ID points
   Output deliverables, LAS, DXF, GeoTIFFs

Introduction to Project Validation

   Analysis of the Pix4D quality report
   What to do when processing goes wrong
   Troubles associated with erroneous GCPs and more complex terrain

Going Forward

   Implementation of an sUAS program into your surveying company
   Questions and answers

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers
  • Land Surveyors
  • Floodplain Managers

Professional Engineers &
Land Surveyors
     7.0 PDHs

Floodplain Managers
     6.5 ASFPM CECs

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.0 PDHs to professional engineers and land surveyors in all states. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in New Mexico.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), North Carolina, and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and land surveyors.

The Association of State Floodplain Managers has approved this event for 6.5 CECs.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Edwin “Chip” Simon

Colorado Registered Professional Land Surveyor, Founder of Geospatial Applications, LLC

Mr. Simon has nearly 20 years of land surveying experience and enjoys bringing innovative and disruptive technologies into the surveying and mapping profession. He is intimately familiar with RTK surveying (GPS/ GNSS), static control, map projections, and coordinate systems, and he is certified by the National Geodetic Survey as an OPUS projects manager. Mr. Simon received his FAA Part 107 sUAS license in 2017, and he has been refining workflows to allow sUAS photogrammetry to be utilized effectively in the mountains and forests of southwestern Colorado. He has completed nearly 30 aerial mapping projects utilizing sUAS for both public and private clients including the State of Colorado’s Fort Lewis College, for the Whalen Gymnasium Expansion. Mr. Simon has a passion for photography, mountain biking and fly fishing. In his free time he can be found outside in the mountains surrounding Durango, Colorado.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $289.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $289.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $269.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.