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May 17-18, 2016 | Laramie, Wyoming



Wyoming UAV Symposium




The Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center at the University of Wyoming hosted a two-day symposium to address topics associated with acquiring and deploying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), associated software and equipment, and technology and policy developments.  Experts from government, academia and industry discussed UAV geospatial data collection capabilities and various UAV technology developments. The symposium also discussed opportunities and challenges of UAVs and the policies being developed to properly regulate UAV systems.

Specific topics included: Sensor options (panchromatic to multi-spectral), vehicle options (rotary powered, fixed wing), and pertinent legal and policy constraints (FAA regulations, privacy, use on public lands) and included policy overviews, scientific talks, panel discussions and vendor demonstrations.




Tuesday, May 17, 2016


  • Welcome and Logistics – Jeff Hamerlinck & Ramesh Sivanpillai, WyGISC and Opening Remarks – Bill Gern, Vice President, Research & Economic Development, University of Wyoming



  • FAA/USS Test Flight Center Experiences – Mark Peters, Oregon State University; Marty Rogers, University of Alaska 


  • Big Data Transformation: UAVs make it easy to generate mountains of data, but then what? – Trihydro Corporation, Laramie, WY 
  • Small VTOL UAVs: A comparative survey and recent advances – Olivier Brousse, 3DVistas, CO 
  • Integrating UAVs in Sanborn for multiple applications – Brad Brackel, Sanborn Corporation, CO


  • Applications of on-board computer vision for sUAS: From hardware to software, and from theory to practice – Oliver Brousse, 3DVistas, CO
  • UAV - Elevate What's Possible – Justin Ness, GDA Engineers, Cody, WY 
  • Have a Safe Flight: The Best Practices for Safe and Successful UAS Missions - Chris Leatherman, Aerial Solutions of Wyoming 


  • Panel Discussion on Industry’s perspectives

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

8:30am            Applications – I

  • UAS: Actionable Information for Local Decision Makers – Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne, University of Vermont, VT 
  • Implementing UAS Derived Data to Support Natural Resource Conservation: Lessons from Panama – John McGee, Virginia Geospatial Extension Specialist, Virginia Tech, VA
  • High latitude applications – Marty Rogers, University of Alaska
  • Ecological monitoring with multi and hyperspectral sensors using UAS - conservation and precision agriculture applications – Donna Delparte, Idaho State University 

10:20am          Applications – II

  • Landfills, Gravel Pits, and Roadways: High-Resolution Surface and Volumetric Surveying - Brian Clarkson, GDA Engineers, Cody, WY 
  • Mapping Landfills, Mines, and Vegetation: Lessons Learned in Recent UAS Applications – Chase Fly, Electronic Data Solutions, WY 
  • UAS for Transportation Asset Management– Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne, University of Vermont, VT 
  • UAS Operation: The Difference between Toys and Tools– TriHydro Corporation, Laramie, WY 
  • Q & A Session



Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center
222 S. 22nd Street
Laramie, WY 82070


For questions regarding this conference please contact Emily Sorenson at or 720.979.7200.

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