sUAS are now a fixture in many organizations. Generating quality data is crucial to fully utilize unmanned technology. This introductory data processing course focuses on collecting quality still imagery with a sUAS for precision mapping and vegetation analysis.

Focus will be given to how to prepare and collect data and images. Attendees will participate in a hands on flight operation to collect data and spend time working with leading software to analyze and prepare data and images collected.


This three day course includes academics, a live data capturing mission, and hands-on practice working with sUAS collected imagery. Attendees will be able to:

  • Understand imaging sensors, camera settings, the electromagnetic spectrum, and camera modifications
  • Understand mission specific planning pertaining to precision mapping and vegetation analysis
  • Understand implementing ground control points and other means of spatial control.
  • Process data related to precision mapping and vegetation analysis
  • Recognize advantages of the Agisoft Photoscan, Pix4DMapper, and ArcGIS software


The following dates are available in 2018. Click on the course date to be taken to the registration form.

October 25-27, 2018 – Register now!

Time: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily, view the Drone Imagery Acquisition and Data Processing Schedule for full details

Location: Kansas State Polytechnic, Salina, Kansas

Cost: $600chrisimaging.png

Fee includes course instruction and materials, hands on image capturing mission with KSU aircraft, and access to data and image processing software.

Registration deadline: One week prior to course start date


A discounted rate is offered for companies sending multiple attendees. Discounts are tied to number of attendees as follows:

Number of registrants            Available discount             Total price
3 registrants per company     1 registration 50% off       $1,500
4 registrants per company     1 registration free              $1,800

For companies sending more than four employees, discounts will be applied in the same increments as indicated above.

A discounted registration rate of $300 is offered to current students and higher education faculty and staff. To be eligible for the academia discount, individuals should complete a scholarship application form and submit proof of their involvement in academia by the registration deadline. Download the application form for additional details on how to apply.


Please contact Professional Education and Outreach at or call our toll free number at 855-552-0079.