Events

DroneCamp 2022

REGISTER TODAY FOR DRONECAMP 2022!

June 27 – July 1 | CSU Monterey Bay and Virtual via Zoom

We are excited to be offering this year’s program in a hybrid format where an in-person audience will be simultaneously viewing the presentations and workshops with a virtual live broadcast via Zoom for those who can’t attend in-person

DroneCamp is a collaborative five-day training program that covers everything you need to know to use drones for mapping and field data collection. Now in its sixth year, Drone Camp 2022 will once again provide a unique drone training opportunity designed for a wide range of skill levels and interests, from complete beginners with little to no experience in drone technology, to intermediate users who want to learn more advanced data processing and analysis. Instructors from the University of California and California State University systems will provide workshops and hands-on training. No experience is necessary! Visit the About page for more information.

Be sure to sign up for our email list to be notified of updates by clicking here. If you have any questions please contact info@dronecampca.org. We hope to see you there!

2022 Monterey DART Symposium

SAVE THE DATE! Join us for the 2022 DART Symposium on November 30-December 1. California State University Monterey Bay. Mobility, airspace management, carbon-neutral power, and more! Watch this space for keynotes, panels, speaking, and sponsorship opportunities.

2021 Monterey Bay DART Symposium

Join us online and in-person for the 2021 Monterey Bay DART Symposium anchored at the UC Monterey Bay Education Science & Technology (UC MBEST) Center for industry insight panels, presentations, networking, and demonstrations of exciting new age technologies in globally expanding markets. Engage with leaders in these technological arenas, gain a first-hand glimpse into the unique topographical and geographical assets of Monterey Bay, and learn how they can be leveraged to the advantage of your portfolio of companies.

This 3-day event will emphasize uncrewed systems capabilities, focusing on the application of drone technologies in Security (Defense and Homeland Security), Mobility (Advanced Air and Autonomous vehicles) and the Environment (Forestry, Agriculture, Blue Economy, and Climate). With attractive ‘opportunity zones’, Monterey Bay is primed to catalyze innovative organizations and investors in these sectors with broad access to State, National, and International marketplaces.

Drone Camp 2021

2021 will mark the fifth anniversary of Drone Camp, which was initially launched in 2016 by the UC Agriculture and Natural Resources at UC Davis. Over the years, Drone Camp has evolved into a multi-campus and industry collaborative intensive short course that provides comprehensive training on the use of drones for mapping and data collection. From 2016 – 2019 the 4 day workshop was held on the UCB, UCSD, and UCSC/CSUMB campuses, and in 2020 the workshop was moved online due to COVID-19. Drone Camp 2021 will be a combination of online and in person training as conditions allow.  It is designed for a wide range of skill levels and interests, from complete beginners with little to no experience in drone technology, to intermediate users who want to learn more advanced data processing and analysis.  Instructors from the University of California and California State University systems will provide workshops and focus on the following topics:

  • Flight Skills: Safe Launch and Landings, Basic Operations, Traversing and Avoiding Obstacles, Night Flying
  • Safety and Regulations: Safety and Regulations Overview; How to be a Good Visual Observer; Operating in Controlled Airspace
  • Hardware: Sensors, Platforms and Field Accessories
  • Data Collection: Mission Planning; High Precision Mapping
  • Data Analysis: Stitching Drone Images with Pix4D, Agisoft Metashape, ArcGIS Pro, and OpenDroneMap; Analyzing Processed Drone Data in QGIS and ArcGIS Pro; Advanced
  • Analytics for Vegetation Analysis, Vegetation Analysis and Classification in ArcGIS Pro; Sharing Data and Outputs; Analysis of the Intertidal Zone

These skills are applied across a wide range of applications including:  Agriculture, Land Management, Facilities Inspections, Environmental Monitoring, Forestry, and Research.

Monterey Bay DART Meetup – Sensors, Data & Applications for Ag & Natural Resources

We’ll be having a DART meetup on March 19, 2020! The topic is Sensors, Data & Applications for Agriculture & Natural Resources Management.

We will have presentations by representatives from Micasense https://www.micasense.com/, who’s mission is to help agriculture specialists and companies make informed decisions.

Whether you’re providing advice for dozens of farms across half a continent or trying to keep your own crops as healthy and predictable as possible, we can help.

We’re experts at agricultural drone sensors and data analysis, and we’re dedicated not only to offering the tools for precision farming but the practical know-how too. We’re here to be your partners, to listen to what you need, and to develop solutions that can help make your life—and your work—easier.

We will also have a presentations from the Monterey County Mosquito Abatement District http://www.montereycountymosquito.com/, who are actively using drones to manage mosquito populations throughout the district.

UCANR Drone Camp

IGIS is pleased to host the third offering of DroneCamp! This intensive workshop covers everything you need to know to use drones for mapping, research, and land management, including:

  • Technology – the different types of drone and sensor hardware, costs and applications
  • Drone science – principles of photogrammetry and remote sensing
  • Safety and regulations – learn to fly safely and legally, including tips on getting your FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate
  • Mission planning – flight planning tools and principles for specific mission objectives
  • Flight operations – hands-on practice with both manual and programmed flights
  • Data processing – processing drone data into orthomosaics and 3D digital surface models; assessing quality control
  • Data analysis – techniques for analyzing drone data in GIS and remote sensing software
  • Visualization – create 3D models of your data
  • Latest trends – hear about new and upcoming developments in drone technology, data processing, and regulations

Who Should Attend?

DroneCamp is designed for participants with little to no experience in drone technology, and who are interested in using drones for a variety of real world mapping applications. This training has an emphasis on agriculture and natural resources, but the methods for flight operations, data processing, and analysis are applicable to a broad range of disciplines, including archeology, surveying, and facilities management.

Note the focus of DroneCamp is using drones for mapping, research and data collection. We do not cover building drones, robotics, or videography. Regulations will be discussed but this is not a Part 107 prep class.

Experience with drones or GIS is not required. You do not need to bring a drone. See also the DroneCamp FAQs.

Stay tuned for registration details!