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Anthony Beach

Anthony Beach - BSP Engineers, Inc

Mr. Beach has over 30 years of experience as a private consultant. He is an avid user of Blue Marble's Global Mapper since version 13. Mr. Beach has taught college based civil technology courses. His courses have been based upon software such as ESRI ArcMap and Autodesk Civil 3D 2016. Mr. Beach has embraced the technology and capabilities offered by Global Mapper. Mr. Anthony Beach is a Texas licensed Professional Engineer and a Certified Floodplain Manager. He has been a partner in BSP Engineers, Inc. for the past 25 years. Mr. Beach has been involved in the design and production of 100's of civil projects. The last 12 years Mr. Beach has concentrated on serving the municipal government market.

Presentation Abstract

Using UAS Technology in Combination with Global Mapper and the LiDAR Module

This presentation explores a typical workflow for BSP Engineers in the use of Global Mapper. We begin with the process of collecting aerial imagery, generating a point cloud and extracting feature lines for generation of a DTM surface. We believe that a combination of point cloud data combined with extracted feature data creates the best DTM surface for use in the Civil Design Industry.


Michael Frings

Michael Frings - MFBI Technologies

Michael Frings is a veteran in the field of Information Technology with 25 years of experience in the fields of High-Performance Computing, Cyber Security, and Applied Technologies. As Reserve Officer of the German Army, he served during Operation Enduring Freedom and ISAF in Afghanistan. "UAV Technology and Geoinformatics are some of today's most appealing technology disciplines. Capturing real-life data and turning them into valuable information is as challenging as it is exciting."

Presentation Abstract

Optimal Positioning of Advertising Poles in Topographically Challenging Environments

The proliferation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles is rapidly changing the GIS and 3D Analysis landscape and is opening the broad field of remote data collection, processing, and analysis to a wide audience and in a wide variety of industries. Continual improvements in airborne technology and the miniaturization of the requisite sensors has cultivated a nimble new branch of the industry that provides cost-effective data collection services on demand. Geospatial analysis is not a discipline that readily comes to mind when considering the optimal positioning of outdoor advertising. However, when the fine line between success and failure depends on a few seconds of visual exposure, local line-of-sight analysis plays a key role in the positioning of the advertising structure. In this presentation, we explore the procedure for determining the best sites for advertising poles. The combination of official geo-data and UAV-generated high-resolution terrain models build the foundation of smart data analysis. Blue Marble's Global Mapper GIS software provides algorithms used by MFBI Technologies to analyze 3D geo-data and supply customers with information, which is used for determining the best position of advertising poles. Running a viewshed analysis from the car driver's point of view discloses possible pole locations, while running the analysis from selected pole locations allows the assessment of the best possible location and height of the pole. Constructing an outdoor advertising structure entails a considerable financial investment so selecting the right location in a challenging environment is an important decision.


Dan Martin

Dan Martin - The National Geodetic Survey

Dan Martin works for the National Geodetic Survey and is the Northeast Regional Geodetic Advisor. As the Regional Advisor, he instructs local surveyors, state and municipal agencies, and the geospatial community at large, on how to use and preserve the National Spatial Reference System, and provides liaison between the National Geodetic Survey and the States of ME, NH, VT, MA, CT, RI, NY, and NJ, as well as other federal agencies. He worked in the Route Survey and Geodetic Survey sections of the Vermont Agency of Transportation from 1988 through 2003, and held the position of Geodetic Program Supervisor for the Agency from 1999 through 2003. In 2003 Dan began his career with the National Geodetic Survey as the Vermont State Geodetic Advisor. Dan is a Past President and Fellow Member of the American Association for Geodetic Surveying (AAGS), he is also a member of the Vermont Society of Land Surveyors and the New Hampshire Land Surveyors Association.

Presentation Abstract

Preparing for change: New coordinates coming in 2022

In 2022, NGS will be replacing the US horizontal and vertical datums (NAD 83 and NAVD 88). In this talk we will review the need and process for these changes. We will begin with a brief discussion of the history of the North American Datum of 1983 and the North American Vertical Datum of 1988, and the reasons for their ongoing evolution. We will then discuss what activities are being undertaken to ensure a smooth transition to include new State Plane Coordinates.


Daniel Fagerman

Daniel Fagerman - LiDARUSA

A graduate of Purdue University with Masters degrees from the School of Civil Engineering, Daniel is an EIT in Alabama. Daniel joined his father at LiDARUSA in 2011. He is a licensed 107 Pilot.

Presenting Abstract

Scanning the Past: A Look at the Ancient Mayan Pyramid at Uxmal

In an effort to learn more about the past, Daniel Fagerman of LiDARUSA, illustrates the level of new information LiDAR data can bring to historic locations. Using real-world data collected at the UNESCO World Heritage site at Uxmal in Mexico, Daniel will explore the capability of the data collection tools and LiDARUSA's use of Global Mapper to visualize and analyze the data. Through numerous appearances on the History and Discovery Channel, LiDARUSA has educated the mainstream public about LiDAR.


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