Oct 212017

ASPRS Rocky Mountain Region Annual Meeting
New multi-day format!!

3-5 November 2017
(Friday evening, Saturday all day and Sunday morning)

Main Meeting Venue
The Trails Recreation Center (TRC)
16799 E. Lake Avenue
Centennial, CO 80016

Please see our list of sponsorship opportunities below and consider supporting this landmark event!

Registration fee
Registration includes all workshops and panel sessions, opening reception Friday evening, all meals on Saturday, and Sunday breakfast.
(Registration fee waived for Panelists who are participating only on Sunday.)
Registration is limited to 40 people — reserve your spot today!

–    Professionals — $75 (includes all sessions and meals)
–    Students — $15 (includes all sessions and meals)

Register Here

(You do not have to be a current ASPRS member to attend.  Non-ASPRS members will have to create an account on the ASPRS website to complete the meeting registration, but they do not have to become ASPRS members before registering.)


Friday, 3 November 2017

–       6:00 – 9:00 pm:  Opening Reception in the West Wing Room of Lone Tree Brewing Co

Saturday, 4 November 2017

–       8:00  – 8:30 am:  Registration and Breakfast from Einstein Bros’ Bagels at Trails Rec Center

–       8:30 – 11:30 am:  An Introduction to Structure From Motion – Multi-view Stereo (SFM-MVS), Dr. Chris Lippitt (University of New Mexico)

Abstract:  This workshop will introduce participants to SFM-MVS processing of digital aerial photography. SFM-MVS has become a critical pre-processing technology for the geometric correction of imagery acquired from unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), owing to the number of frames routinely acquired by these systems. Using Agisoft Photoscan, participants will produce orthophotos and digital surface models using overlapping imagery acquired from a Nikon D810 (f = 50mm) mounted on a GippsAERO GA8 and Survey grade ground control. Principles of SFM-VS will also be reviewed. Participants will complete the workshop on their own person computers; information on obtaining a license for required software will be distributed prior to the meeting.

–       11:30 am – 12:30 pm:  Lunch from Protein House

–       12:30 – 1:30 pm:  GIS&T Careers Panel Session, Dr. Michaela Buenemann (New Mexico State University), Leandro Gonzalez (DigitalGlobe, Inc.), others TBD

Abstract: GIScientists from the private and public sectors with hiring experience will inform you about their careers, organizations, and what they look for in job applicants. Participants will discuss trends in the industry and their implications for job market preparations. The session will begin with some structured questions from the session chair and conclude with questions from the audience!

–       1:30 – 1:45 pm:  Break

–       1:45 – 3:00 pm:  ASPRS Certification, Dr. Chris Lippitt (University of New Mexico)

Abstract:  ASPRS certification is generally considered the gold standard certification in the geospatial industry. The various certifications ASPRS offers and the process for obtaining certification will be reviewed followed by a discussion with the audience.

–       3:00 – 3:15 pm:  Break

–       3:15 – 5:00 pm:   Seeing the Unseen with WorldView-3 Short-Wave Infrared Imagery Workshop, Bill Baugh (Digital Globe)

Abstract:  The WorldView-3 (WV-3) commercial remote sensing satellite enables significant new material characterization capabilities at high spatial resolution. This is due to the 16-band expanded spectral range spanning visible, near infrared (VNIR), and shortwave infrared (SWIR) reflected light. The SWIR imaging bands are collected at a native 3.7 m resolution and cover a range of diverse and unique absorption features (natural signatures) for many materials. The VNIR bands are collected at a higher 1.2 m resolution; and a panchromatic band at 0.31 m resolution reveals unprecedented spatial details from space. Building on over three years of experience with WV-3 spectral data, Bill Baugh will present a survey of case studies that demonstrate applications that can be used to improve decision making and operational management.

–       5:30 – 8:30 pm:  Dinner at LuBo’s New York Pizza

Sunday, 5 November 2017

–       8:00 – 8:30 am:  Breakfast from Einstein Bros’ Bagels at Trails Recreation Center

–       8:30 – 9:45 am:  Remote Sensing and Public Engagement Panel Session, Dr. Cerian Gibbes (University of Colorado, Colorado Springs), others TBD

Abstract: Remotely sensed data is increasingly available through interactive interfaces. The increased accessibility of the internet, mobile computing, and remotely sensed data has led to a rise in public engagement in data collection, basic analysis, and diversification of the narratives presented about the physical and social environment. This rise in the accessibility of remote sensing, and more broadly geospatial science, holds the potential to advance the legitimacy of the models used for decision making purposes. This session will consist of brief presentations of examples of the use of remote sensing and geospatial science to engage the public. The presentations will be followed by an open discussion.

–       9:45 – 10:00 am:  Break

–       10:00 am – 12:00 pm:  Incorporating No-cost Landsat Data and Products in Mapping Applications Workshop, Dr. Ramesh Sivanpillai (University of Wyoming)

Landsat data products provide invaluable earth observation tools that are available to users at no cost. Since 2016, the US Geological Survey (USGS) has started organizing Landsat data into a tiered collection structure, based on data quality and level of processing. This lecture and demonstration-style workshop will show how to search and download data from the collection archive, introduce basic remote sensing concepts, and demonstrate characteristics of Landsat data applications, such as monitoring and mapping natural and man-made features, time-series analyses, vegetation indices, and wildfire burn severity. Workshop participants will receive a completion certificate.


Platinum Level – $1,000
Booth near conference registration area
Logo display and written acknowledgment in next ASPRS-RMR newsletter
Verbal acknowledgement during Saturday dinner event
Logo display on meeting website and program

Gold Level – $500
Logo display and written acknowledgment in next ASPRS-RMR newsletter
Verbal acknowledgement during Saturday dinner event
Logo display on meeting website and program

Silver Level- $250
Verbal acknowledgement during Saturday dinner event
Logo display on meeting website and program

Bronze – $100
Name display on meeting website and program

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Last updated 11/01/2017

Oct 212017

See the Newsletters page for the full Scholarship Announcement and Applicationdeadline for submission is Friday, December 1, 2017.  While you’re there, you can also download the latest Rocky Mountain Compiler Newsletter!

Oct 042017

Mark your calendars for the Rocky Mountain Region Annual Meeting in a new, multi-day format November 3-5, 2017 with a Welcome Social event on Friday evening, Workshops on Saturday followed by a Group Dinner, and more meetings and workshops on Sunday morning.  This event will be held in Centennial, Colorado, not far from the Centennial Airport.  More details to follow …

Oct 042017

Front Range Community College, Boulder County Campus (Longmont) has a diverse group of students learning and earning certificates in GIS as an add on to their current career skills.  Our students take courses in GIS, GPS, database, cartography, programming, and remote sensing.

Starting last Spring semester, we piloted a new experience – The Geospatial Centroid at FRCC Longmont Campus, or the Centroid South, for short.  The Original Geospatial Centroid is a group of students and professionals at Colorado State University who work together to complete on-campus and community-based GIS projects.  People from the community or other departments on campus come to the Centroid looking for volunteer-based student work.  We, here at Front Range Community College, are excited to again offer this opportunity on our Longmont campus and are in need of project work.

We are meeting for the first time this Friday, October 6, and Continue reading »

Jun 282017

GIS in the Rockies Conference
September 20-21, 2017
Denver, CO

ASPRS Track Title — Big Data: How it’s used

Description — As the technology driving GIScience evolves and the Cloud becomes more accessible, larger, more complex datasets are being developed daily and the need to analyze, manage, and store these “big data” is becoming an ever present challenge in the geospatial industry. Workflows are emerging that allow GIScience professionals to analyze these large datasets using geo-processing, programming, and data-mining/geo-analytics in order to support decision making and project goals. Organizations from across industries are undertaking more projects supported by big data, and these cutting-edge projects represent some of the most exciting things happening in GIScience today.

Please extend the call for presentations to your colleagues, co-workers, and other contacts. Here is the verbiage you can send directly to others who may be interested:

The ASPRS-RMR theme for this year is “Big Data: How it’s used.”  There are no geographic constraints on the presentations; just tell us about any project you did where big data of any kind was used in any capacity.  This can include general large data projects, LIDAR data, geo-processing, modeling, programming/development, system architecture, among others.

Also please keep in mind that presenters are offered a discounted registration fee ($100 off the 1-day rate, $200 off the full conference).

If you have an abstract to submit, please do so using this link: http://gisintherockies.org/abstract-submission

Let me know if anyone has any questions!

Jason Isherwood, GISP | GIT Manager | Michael Baker International
165 S Union Blvd, Suite 200 | Lakewood, CO | [O] 720-514-1124 | [M] 720-879-1388
jisherwood@mbakerintl.com | www.mbakerintl.com

Apr 292017

Congratulations to Su Zhang on being selected to receive a $1,500 Annual Scholarship from the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing — Rocky Mountain Region (ASPRS-RMR) for the 2016-17 academic year!  Graduate PhD applications were assessed in 11 areas: appropriateness of field of study, quality of narrative, communication, letter of recommendation, enthusiasm, scholastic ability, quality of research, appropriateness of research, uniqueness of research, innovation of research, and extracurricular activity.  Su Zhang is a Graduate student at the University of New Mexico.  He is pursuing a PhD in Civil Engineering, also a Master’s Degree in GIScience from the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies.  Su is also an active member of the ASPRS Student Chapter atthe University of New Mexico.  In his scholarship application, Su Zhang said, “I selected my respective concentrations of Civil Engineering and GIS/Remote Sensing Technology (GIT) to further my goal of leveraging GIT for infrastructure asset management. Ultimately, I plan to pursue a career in academia to continue development of this goal and to teach a new generation of civil engineers to effectively employ GIT.”

Honorable Mention goes out to our runner-up, Hamid Zoraghein of the University of Colorado – Boulder.  Due to current budget constraints on the Region, only one scholarship was awarded this year.

Apr 192017

I am teaching a webinar later this month through the Colorado Alliance on Environmental Education on citizen science – specifically, collecting, analyzing, and mapping your citizen science data – free and open to all.  If you know some educators, in particular, who you have been trying to nudge into the world of collecting and mapping field data, including crowdsourced data, please read on.


Collecting, Analyzing, and Mapping your Citizen Science Data
Wednesday, 26 April 2017  3:00-4:00p.m.  Mountain Time

The advent of web mapping and data collection technologies opens up new ways that educators and students can contribute data to the citizen science community.  Join Geographer Joseph Kerski as we cover some of the easiest-to-use and most powerful of these methods, including Snap2Map, Story Maps, iNaturalist, and Survey123, which enable field data on invasive plant species, weather, water quality, birds, urban infrastructure conditions, and other data to be displayed and able to be analyzed spatially on interactive, multimedia web maps.  You will be empowered and confident that you can use these tools in an educational environment.
Contact Phone: 303-273-9527    Email: info @ caee.org   Continue reading »

Apr 192017

April and May GeoBytes Webinars schedule:

Date: 04/14/2017
Title:  Grass GIS – A point Cloud Evaluation Resources 
Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7097060966402901507
Webinar ID: 851-024-747

Date: 04/21/2017
Title:  Using ASPRS Open Aerial Data Catalog
Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5687339722516700420
Webinar ID: 942-747-811

Date: 05/12/2017
Title:  Recent developments in 3D city modelling
Webinar ID: 851-697-115

Date: 05/26/2017
Title:  The Importance of Geospatial Information for Smart Cities
Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8596628799176454913
Webinar ID: 246-192-691

David Alvarez

Feb 042017

February 13 – 15, 2017
Denver, Colorado

International LiDAR Mapping Forum is less than two weeks away. Miss it and miss out on the opportunity of the year to educate yourself on the hottest topics in aerial mapping, including:
• Linear LiDAR Vs. GML/SPL…differences and pros/cons of each
• Considerations for using manned vs. unmanned platforms
• Photogrammetry, including Structure from Motion (SfM)
• Multi-sensor fusion (e.g., LiDAR and Differential Image Motion (DIM))
• Feature extraction, including Dense Image Matching (DIM) – enabling the automatic extraction of 3D urban models, as from airborne oblique imagery
• Leveraging geospatial metadata (including maps, GIS files, imagery, and other location-based data resources)
• Bathy lidar and topobathy
• And much more! View the full conference program here.

More information can be found at:  http://www.lidarmap.org/


Feb 042017

The latest from NASA’s Earth Observatory (31 January 2017)


Latest Images:

* The Curious Incident of Snow in The Netherlands


* Camp Century: Put on Ice, But Only for So Long


* Checkerboarding in Northern Idaho


* The Desert Express


* Fissure Eruptions on Erta Ale


* The Treacherous and Productive Seas of Southern Africa


* First Light from GOES-16


* Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains



Recent Blog Posts:


Earth Matters

* In Coastal Peru, Fog Begets Life


* Have Your Satellite Imagery and Eat It, Too!


* Study: Major Middle East Dust Storm in 2015 Was Due to the Weather, Not Human Conflict

A new analysis of satellite suggests the key causes of a major dust storm in 2015 were climate and weather conditions — not the war in Syria.


Notes from the Field

* Science Challenges at Sea: A Plumbing Story



Dec 232016

NORAD is Tracking Santa!
Visit http://www.noradsanta.org/

Why does NORAD track Santa?

Twenty four hours a day, 365 days a year, NORAD tracks airplanes, missiles, space launches and anything else that flies in or around the North American continent, while also completing some other very important missions. While the tradition of tracking Santa began purely by accident, NORAD continues to track Santa. We’re the only organization that has the technology, the qualifications, and the people to do it. And, we love it! NORAD is honored to be Santa’s official tracker!

The Tradition Lives On …

For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s flight.

The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement misprinted the telephone number for children to call Santa. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s operations “hotline.” The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.

In 1958, the governments of Canada and the United States created a bi-national air defense command for North America called the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD, which then took on the tradition of tracking Santa.

Since that time, NORAD men, women, family and friends have selflessly volunteered their time to personally respond to phone calls and emails from children all around the world. In addition, we now track Santa using the internet. Millions of people who want to know Santa’s whereabouts now visit the NORAD Tracks Santa website.

Finally, media from all over the world rely on NORAD as a trusted source to provide updates on Santa’s journey.

In Memory of Retired Colonel Harry Shoup, NORAD’s First Santa Tracker

September 29, 1917 – March 14, 2009


It all starts with the NORAD radar system called the North Warning System. This powerful radar system has 47 installations strung across Canada’s North and Alaska. NORAD makes a point of checking the radar closely for indications of Santa Claus leaving the North Pole every holiday season. The moment our radar tells us that Santa has lifted off, we begin to use the same satellites that we use in providing air warning of possible missile launches aimed at North America.


These satellites are located in a geo-synchronous orbit (that’s a cool phrase meaning that the satellite is always fixed over the same spot on the Earth) at 22,300 miles above the Earth. The satellites have infrared sensors, meaning they can see heat. When a rocket or missile is launched, a tremendous amount of heat is produced – enough for the satellites to see them. Rudolph’s nose gives off an infrared signature similar to a missile launch. The satellites detect Rudolph’s bright red nose with no problem.

Read more at www.noradsanta.org — just click on the NORAD HQ link …

Happy Holidays to all from your ASPRS Rocky Mountain Region!