The Kaskaskia College Trenton Education Center was the venue for a Global Information Systems seminar entitled “The Power of Imagery” on Friday, July 31. The seminar was co-sponsored by Kaskaskia College and the National Geospatial Technology Center for Excellence (GeoTech).
Art Borum, Director of Industrial and Continuing Education for Kaskaskia College, said “Geospatial Technology is one of the fastest growing technologies that helps everyone in their everyday lives. This technology touches virtually every industry and occupation and Kaskaskia College is doing what we can to help our students graduate with needed ‘Skills of the Future’. Conferences like this one help us communicate to everyone the importance and many uses for Geospatial Technology”
For the purpose of Friday’s seminar, the presenters focused on Imagery, one key facet of GIS. The program included introductory information on imagery, as well as practical applications in the fields of utilities and agriculture.
After an introduction and welcome from Dr. Penny Quinn, President of Kaskaskia College, Dr. Mike Rudibaugh, Principal Investigator for the National Science Foundation Grant received by Kaskaskia College, served as emcee for the event.
The first speaker was Vince DiNoto, Director and Principle Investigator of the National Geospatial Center for Excellence. His presentation was entitled “The Changing Face of Geospatial Technology.”
“Geospatial technologies is one of the fastest changing fields of study in a large part due to recent technological advances in imagery,” DiNoto said. “One of the biggest technological advances has been in the ability to receive just in time imagery, due to the growth in the use of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). Imagery data can now be collected with fairly inexpensive vehicles to those costing many thousands of dollars for more accurate and varied types of data. I believe that geospatial technology is at a revolutionary point of change especially in the field of remote sensing.”
Dr. Rick Marshall, is the owner of VerticalGeo, a small business specializing in the collection and integration of photography, satellite imagery, and other remote sensing products for federal, state, county and municipal governments, especially in airfield operations. His presentation focused on an “Overview of Imagery,” including UAV’s, satellites, and other technologies.
Dr. Michael Hauck, Executive Director of the Imaging and Geospatial Information Society (ASPRS), gave a presentation called “The Power of Imagery: Bottom Up, Top Down and All Around,” in which he shared many of the different devices used in imagery, and the rapid advancement in the science over the recent decades.
After a lunch break, leaders in the GIS field in the areas of utilities and agriculture spoke, including: Charles Schaeffer, Director of Information Technology of Ameren Services Corp, Jason Heck, Supervising Engineer, Gas Utility Management for Ameren Illinois, Greg Brunner, Imagery Scientist for ESRI, a GIS software development company, Casey Hettinger, UAV Practitioner for Advanced Analytics, LLC, and Matt Barnard, owner of Chef Agronomics, LLC and CropCopter.
After the event, Dr. Mike Rudibaugh released this statement: “The Power of Imagery Conference brought national leaders in satellite imagery, aerial photography, and drones to Trenton, IL to discuss the broad implications of these technologies locally. I was excited about the turnout for the event and excitement from participants working in utilities, agriculture, government, researchers from the University of Illinois, and law enforcement supporting how mapping technologies are impacting numerous industries. Indications from the event clearly suggest that mapping technologies are impacting occupations and job creation both nationally and regionally.”
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