Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) for Precision Agriculture – an RIT Perspective

Please join us for our September Program at Woodside Lodge in Black Creek Park.

Jan van Aardt, professor in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology, will present “Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) for Precision Agriculture – an RIT Perspective” Lunch will follow the presentation.

When:  Tuesday, September 18th, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Where:  Black Creek Park – Woodside Lodge (turn left at stop sign if entering off Union St) – 3835 Union Street, North Chili

Cost: $5 (Pay at the door)

Lunch: TBD

Registration: https://tinyurl.com/GISSIG2018SeptProgram

 

Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for precision agriculture – an RIT perspective 

Jan van Aardt, Carl Salvaggio, Ethan Hughes, Mike McClelland, Donald McKeown, & Tim Bauch – Rochester Institute of Technology (Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science) with supporting material from Sarah Jane Pethybridge, Julie R. Kikkert, & Alan Lakso – Cornell University

Relatively recent advances in unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drone technology, as well as miniaturization of complex remote sensing systems, have enabled new approaches to precision agriculture. Specifically, imaging spectroscopy (hyperspectral) and light detection and ranging (lidar) can be used for agricultural disease detection, structural quantification, moisture stress assessment, and nutrient mapping. This talk will focus on RIT and collaborator (Cornell University, Nature Conservancy) efforts to develop robust analytical approaches to a range of precision agriculture challenges. We will highlight efforts to develop risk models for proactive management of white mold (Sclerotinia sclerotiorum) in snap beans, evaluate sustainable harvesting practices in southeastern USA deciduous forests, and present updates on vineyard moisture stress assessment. The specific study areas are located at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (Geneva, NY), southwestern Virginia, and Fox Run Vineyards (Penn Yan, NY). A DJI Matrice-600 UAS, boasting a high spatial resolution color camera, a Headwall Photonics imaging spectrometer (272 bands; 400-1000 nm), and a Velodyne VLP-16 lidar system, are used for this research. Initial findings from these various projects will be presented, while focusing on i) the need for proper calibration-to-reflectance of the imaging data, ii) identification of operational wavelength solutions from spectrally oversampled hyperspectral imagery, and iii) the benefit of fusing 3D lidar data with high fidelity spectral imagery. An example of the DJI Matrice-600 multi-modal platform also will be showcased, project-permitting.

About the speaker:

Jan van Aardt is a professor in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology, New York. He obtained a B.Sc. Forestry degree (“how to grow and cut down trees”) from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa in 1996. He completed M.S. and Ph.D. Forestry degrees, focused on remote sensing (imaging spectroscopy and light detection and ranging), at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia in 2000 and 2004, respectively. This was followed by post-doctoral work at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, and a stint as research group leader at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa. Imaging spectroscopy and structural (lidar) sensing of natural resources form the core of his efforts, which vary between vegetation structural and system state (physiology) assessment. The interaction of photons with leaves is what really gets him going…He has received funding from NSF, NASA, Google, and USDA, among others, and has published >60 peer-reviewed papers and >80 conference contributions.

 

Orienteering

Please join us for our June Program at Sunnyside Lodge in Black Creek Park. A picnic lunch will be served following the presentation. 

When:  Wednesday, June 27th, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Where: Black Creek Park – Sunnyside Lodge

              3835 Union Street

              North Chili, NY 14514 

Cost:    $5 (Pay at door)

Lunch: BBQ

Registration: https://tinyurl.com/GISSIG2018JuneProgram

Orienteering – Jennifer VanHouter Monroe County

Orienteering started as a military exercise and has grown into an international sport recognized by the Olympic Committee. Learning orienteering skills turns abstract ideas into a real life skill. This presentation will highlight the history, equipment, and methodology of orienteering. Weather permitting there will be a demonstration of basic compass and map skills.

Leveraging Survey123 to Power Reporting in Microsoft Word

Please join us for our December Program in the Kate Gleason Auditorium at the Central Library (in the new building on the east side of South Ave). Justin Cole will present “PLeveraging Survey123 to Power Reporting in Microsoft Word.” Lunch will be served following the presentation.

When: Wednesday, Feburary 14th 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM (New Date)

Where: Kate Gleason Auditorium at the Central Library

115 South Ave

Rochester, NY 14604

The Kate Gleason Auditorium is in the new building on the east side of South Ave. The location is accessible by bus, foot and bicycle. Car parking is available at the South Ave Garage, which is connected to the library. Parking costs $2.00 for the first two hours.

Cost: $5 (Pay at door)

Registration: https://tinyurl.com/2018GISSIGFebruaryProgram

Leveraging Survey123 to Power Reporting in Microsoft Word – Justin D. Cole, GISP

Paper forms have been a staple of inspections for many years. They are cumbersome and slow to both fill out and redo for final copies. WebGIS gives the ability to fill out these forms quickly, once, saving time. This presentation shows a method using utilizing Survey123 and Microsoft Word to convert existing forms and workflows. All tools and procedures are available for any ArcGIS subscription user and can work with any version of Word. I will be using the NYSDOT MS-4 Inspection form as an example.

Oak forests: standing the test of time? Using GIS to map historic landscape conditions of Western New York

Please join us for our October Program at the Dolomite Lodge. Stephen Tulowiecki , from SUNY Geneseo, will discuss “Oak forests: standing the test of time? Using GIS to map historic landscape conditions of Western New York.” A picnic lunch will be served following the presentation. 

When:  Wednesday, October 4, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Where: Dolomite Lodge

3100 Atlantic Ave

Penfield, NY 14526

Cost:    $5 (Pay at door)

Oak forests: standing the test of time? Using GIS to map historic landscape conditions of Western New York

Stephen Tulowiecki – SUNY Geneseo

YouTube video: http://bit.ly/2vcsVol
 
This talk introduces a project that is currently underway at SUNY Geneseo and the University at Buffalo, funded by the National Science Foundation. This project is using GIS in combination with various historical datasets to study oak-dominated forests in Western New York – an important forest type that, like oak forests throughout the Eastern US, has declined over the past two centuries. The first step in this multi-phased project is to map the historic ranges of oak species in WNY to determine which environmental (e.g. soil) and human (e.g. Native American land use) factors shaped their past distributions. This research combines unique historic datasets in GIS, such as land survey records of the 18th and 19th centuries, historic atlases of the 19th century, and records of past Seneca Iroquois settlement. The talk will also cover the many ArcGIS tools and extensions used to assist in this project. This GIS/SIG program is recommended for anyone with interest in historical GIS, or who would like to learn about the natural and cultural history of Western New York. The talk answers many questions more broadly: What was the natural landscape of Western New York like before European settlement? How can mapping different types of historical records in GIS help to reconstruct past landscape conditions? And do historical records reveal evidence of past Native American modification to forested landscapes?

Lake Ontario Level Modeling and UAV Demonstration

Please join us for our June Program at Sunnyside Lodge in Black Creek Park. Justin Cole, will discuss “Lake Ontario Level Modeling.”  A picnic lunch will be served following the presentation. Greg Hale, P.E. from HaleTIP will present a 30 minute UAV demonstration at 1 pm right after lunch (weather dependent).

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When:  Tuesday, June 13th, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Where: Black Creek Park – Sunnyside Lodge

              3835 Union Street

              North Chili, NY 14514 

Cost:    $5 (Pay at door)

Lunch: BBQ

Before Lunch Program: Lake Ontario Level Modeling
Justin D. Cole, GISP
15 years of studying Lake Ontario has shown what a dynamic system it is. Join me for a presentation on methods and results from my research modeling the lake levels and it’s impact on the shoreline.

Link to Presentation: ow.ly/LPdV30cyhWL

After Lunch Program: Greg Hale, P.E. from HaleTIP will present a 30 minute UAV demonstration at 1 pm right after lunch (weather dependent) on the following.

  • Preflight checks and regulations.
  • Flight preparation and planning.
  • Short flight mission.
  • Some additional flight techniques.
  • Some hands-on flight controls.
  • Recommended apps to process the data.

PlowTrax: real time monitoring of the City of Rochester’s snow removal operation

Please join us for our December Program in the Kate Gleason Auditorium at the Central Library (in the new building on the east side of South Ave). Mike Ross from the City of Rochester will present “PlowTrax: real time monitoring of the City of Rochester’s snow removal operation.” Lunch will be served following the presentation.

Link to the City of Rochester’s PlowTrax Site

When: Wednesday, December 14th 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Where: Kate Gleason Auditorium at the Central Library

115 South Ave

Rochester, NY 14604

The Kate Gleason Auditorium is in the new building on the east side of South Ave. The location is accessible by bus, foot and bicycle. Car parking is available at the South Ave Garage, which is connected to the library. Parking costs $2.00 for the first two hours.

Cost: $5 (Pay at door)

Registration: http://tinyurl.com/GISSIGDecProgram

Developing ArcGIS Web Mapping Applications

Please join us for our September Program at Liberty Lodge in Finn Park. Nick Tonias, from The CEDRA Corporation, will discuss “Developing ArcGIS Web Mapping Applications.” A picnic lunch will be served following the presentation. 

When:  Tuesday, September 13th, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Where: Liberty Lodge – Finn Park

              850 Maple Dr

              Webster, NY 14580

Cost:    $5 (Pay at door)

Registration: http://tinyurl.com/Sept2016Program

Developing ArcGIS Web Mapping Applications
Nick Tonias – The CEDRA Corporation