March 17th: Mapping & GIS Day

Thursday, March 17, 2016 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Doubletree Hotel, Sacramento

Join us for a day of valuable educational and informational seminars, product and technical trainings, and talks from industry leaders and CSDS Mapping team experts!

  • All attendees will receive a $50 credit towards their next CSDS purchase over $1,000, and be entered into drawing for a $100 pre-paid VISA card!
  • Special Guest Luncheon Speaker To Be Announced
  • Manufacturer reps from Trimble and Kespry will be available to answer your questions.


  • 8:00 am – 9:00 am

    9:00 am – 9:10 am
    Introductions, Overview of days activities
    Presented by Isaiah Mack

    9:10 am – 9:30 am
    Using VRS with Mapping Grade GPS
    Presented by Jon Gipson
    This presentation will focus on how you can use high accuracy, real time corrections from a VRS network (available throughout California) with your mapping grade GPS hardware and software to achieve 1-10 cm accuracy, consistently, in real time!  Real time accuracy is very important for mapping and relocating existing assets, particularly below grade, buried assets (e.g.; water, gas, and electric).

    9:40 am – 10:20 am
    GPS Training 1: Data Preparation and Data Collection
    Presented by Scott Herbert
    This training will focus on the basic and important steps necessary when designing and preparing for GPS field data collection, including: data preparation, data dictionary set-up and creation (data collection forms), GPS unit set-up, data transfer to field unit, the basics of field data collection (points, lines, polygons) and attribute collection (type, size, make, model, ID#, photo, etc.). 

    10:30 am – 10:45 am
    Introduction to the New Trimble R1 and R2 GPS Receivers
    Presented by Tony Bechtold
    This presentation will review the specifics of the exciting new Trimble R1 and R2 receivers.

    10:45 am – 11:00 am
    Introduction to Trimble TerraFlex
    Presented by Jon Gipson
    This presentation will familiarize you with Trimble’s exciting new cloud based data collection and maintenance solution. 

    11:00 am – 11:45 am
    GPS Training 2: Field Data Collection, Best Practices, Tips & Tricks
    and Workflows
    Presented by Isaiah Mack & Scott Herbert
    This training will expand on our data collection training to include best practices when collecting GPS data (I.e.; how long to occupy a point, how to achieve the best accuracy, etc), as well as best workflows, tips and tricks, and advanced data collection functions.

    11:45 am – 1:00 pm – Buffet Lunch & Presentations
    Paul Veisze, Geographic Information Officer, California State Parks: “Geospatial Technologies for Cultural Resource Management”
    Darin LoucksRegional Manager, Trimble: “Trimble Geospatial Overview”

    1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    GPS Comparison: Professional Grade vs. Consumer/Recreation Grade
    Presented by Jon Gipson 
    This presentation will take a look at how professional grade GPS receivers accuracies
    and workflows compare to consumer/recreational grade GPS receivers accuracies and workflows. Specifically, what sets Trimble apart? Pros and Cons.

    1:40 pm – 2:30 pm
    GPS Training 3: Data Processing (viewing, correcting, and exporting)
    Presented by Tony Bechtold & Scott Herbert
    Building on what we was taught in GPS Training 1 and 2, this session will focus on post data collection steps. We will teach you how to: download data from the GPS unit, view and quality control the data back in the office, perform differential corrections (post-processing)
    to achieve the best accuracy, and export the data to a chosen database (ESRI GIS, CAD, Google Earth, Access, Excel, etc). We will also discuss the basics of viewing data in ArcMap and Google Earth.

    2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
    The Kespry Drone System: Collecting Data more Efficiently
    than Ever Before
    Presented by Gabriel Dobbs, Kespry
    Learn how the Kespry Drone automates data collection, processing, and makes it all available online so you spend time less time in the field and more time on your customer needs. This presentation will cover FAQs on regulatory changes in the United States, common use cases, and unique features of the Kespry Drone system. Weather permitting, an outdoor drone demonstration will be performed.

    3:45 pm – 4:00 pm
    Closing remarks

    4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Exhibits, Networking

Cost of $25 includes breakfast, lunch and refreshments.

*We charge only a nominal fee, simply to get a firm commitment from attendees so that we can provide a proper size meeting space, food, chairs, etc.


**If you have an issue paying the $25 for any reason (budget, agency spending limitations, etc.), please let us know and we should be able to make exceptions.


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