Joint UF / FL-ASPRS / SJRWMD LiDAR Workshop
Registration for a LiDAR workshop to be held at the UF IFAS center in Apopka, FL on June 29, 2016 is available now. Please sign up as soon as you are able to commit due to limited availability.
The purpose of this workshop is to bring members of government, academic and private sectors to discuss updates related to all aspects of LiDAR, with special interest in the USGS 3DEP program.
2015 Annual Meeting
2015 Florida Region Annual Conference
When: Friday July 31st, 2015 from 9am to 5pm
Where: Naples Grande Resort
475 Seagate Drive
Naples, FL 34103
($129/night with FSMS Code)
More information: FSMS Conference Information
Schedule to Follow.
FL Region FALL Symposium at FAU
***Note: The Symposium will now be held at the FAU MAIN Campus in Boca Raton, FL.***
Please Join Us at the Florida ASPRS Symposium Saturday, November 8th
Florida Atlantic University (FAU)
The Florida Region of ASPRS will be hosting a symposium on Saturday, November 8th at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) – Main Campus. Presentations will begin at 11:00 a.m. EST. If you are interested in attending or presenting please register at the link below. Location is scheduled to be at the Main Campus at 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, FL.
Come and join us in welcoming our prospective newest student chapter at FAU.
FL Region ASPRS President
Outgoing Officer Appreciation
Earlier this year the Florida Region of ASPRS presented the outgoing officers with awards for their dedication and service during their respective two-year terms in office. Seen below is Ekaterina Fitos (left – as outgoing Vice President), Al Karlin (middle – Director) and Brian Murphy (right – outgoing President).
The Florida Region Annual Meeting
Join the Florida Region of ASPRS for their Annual meeting where we will have all sorts of great presentations, from UAVs to mapping manatees.
When: Friday August 15, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT
Where: TPC Sawgrass Marriott,, 1000 PGA TOUR Boulevard , Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
2014 Region Presidential Address
Last year I wrote about my trail and errors as a novice apiarist. As I have written in the past about the difficulties of being a new apiarist, it takes a lot of hard work and foresight to ensure the hive is working and prospering. As this year kicks off, we as a society have to work together to instill camaraderie within our organization and promote our missions within the industry.
As the Region’s new President, I want us all to work together to foster positive relationships and name recognition. We must focus on building upwards. What does this mean? It means interact more with our members and affiliates. As I see it, there are three pillars that ensure the continued success of our region: expansion, marketing, and involvement. Each of these three items cumulates to instill our region’s growth.
My goal as president is to expand our Student Association Council (SAC) to universities throughout Florida and engage our members through webinars, socials, and other outreach measures. We will focus on outreach that adds value to our society such as our newsletter, annual meeting, and symposiums. We must be willing to reach out to other professional societies, and develop new partnerships that increase our brand recognition. Working together we will continue to build our region, and increase our membership.
I look forward to making 2014 successful.
Ekaterina Fitos, GISP
President, Florida Region
Kathy's Bee Blog
Bees are a fascinating topic. It is amazing to think that the hive is a complex, highly organized unit that is self-renewing. The bees can regulate their temperature and the queen controls density by monitoring egg production. The queen and her worker bees monitor each other through chemical signals to ensure the survival of their genes and the overall hive. Each has a specified role. If one sector falls, the hive collapses into chaos, and dies.
You might ask: how does this apply to our region and the society as a whole? We can learn a lot from the hive mentality. As a society we must work together for the health and wellness of the Florida Region. Each of us should take on an active and defined role to help promote our mission statement and foster relationships that expand our membership. We as the society’s worker bees need to be prepared to execute plans that will ensure the long-term survival of our society and the continuation of our purpose. Overall, this means participation in events and promoting ASPRS.
The 2016 Board of Directors
Meet the 2016 Florida Region of ASPRS Board of Directors:
President, Al Karlin, PhD
Al Karlin went to school at Rutger’s University in New Jersey and Miami University of Ohio. He graduated in 1978 with a Ph.D. in Theoretical Biology. He did a post-Doctoral Fellowship at Florida State University before taking a position in the Department of Zoology at the University of Arkansas. While on the faculty at the University of Arkansas, Al held positions in the Departments of Zoology, Computer and Information Science, and Engineering Technology. Dr. Karlin left the University after 20 years and moved to Florida in 2000. After a short time as a consultant in the private sector, he took his current position with the Southwest Florida Water Management District where as the Senior GIS Scientist, he directs the District’s LiDAR data collection missions.
Vice President, Erin McCormick
Mr. McCormick has spent the last 20 years working in the environmental and geographic sciences here in Florida. His experience covers GIS, Geology, Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing working with aerial imagery/lidar, mobile mapping, GPS data collection, surveying,asset management and GeoDatabase creation. As Vice President of the Florida Chapter of ASPRS he is committed to building a strong community of professionals in all of the different geoscience disciplines in order to share knowledge and increase networking opportunities throughout the state.
Past-President, Ekaterina Fitos, GISP
Ekaterina Fitos, GISP, is a certified GIS professional (GISP) currently employed with the engineering firm CH2MHill.
Secretary and Treasurer, Dr. Bon Dewitt
Bon Dewitt is an Associate Professor and administers the Geomatics Program in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida. He conducts research and teaches courses in many of the various aspects of Geomatics. He has been a member of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing since 1981 and has served on the ASPRS Florida Region Board of Directors for over 15 years. Dr. Dewitt is also licensed as a Professional Surveyor and Mapper in the State of Florida and serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society.
National Director, Jeff Young
T. Jeffrey “Jeff” Young is currently the Vice President and Director of Photogrammetry for Pickett & Associates, Inc. He is a Florida licensed Surveyor & Mapper, a licensed Photogrammetric Surveyor with the State of South Carolina, a licensed Surveyor Photogrammetrist with the Commonwealth of Virginia and an ASPRS Certified Photogrammetrist. Jeff has held positions within ASPRS as a Florida Director, National Membership Chairperson and is currently Florida’s National Director. He has been a member since 1993.
Director, Brian Murphy, CP, GISP
Brian Murphy currently serves as Vice President of Business Development for Altavian, the maker of photogrammetry-grade Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Prior to working at Altavian, he worked at Northrop Grumman (formerly 3001, inc.) doing Business Development and Program Management for the Advanced GEOINT Systems Operating Unit.
Brian graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s in Land and Water Management (2001) and a Masters of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning (2009). Brian currently serves as the Florida Region Past President and Webmaster, in addition to serving as the Chair of the Sustaining Members Council.
Director, Keith Patterson PSM, SP, GISP
Keith is a Senior Project Manager at Dewberry in Tampa, Florida and is a Florida licensed Professional Surveyor and Mapper (PSM). He has over 30 years of experience in remote sensing, photogrammetry, mapping, surveying, GIS and related geospatial services. His technical experience includes project design, LiDAR data processing, photo interpretation, change detection, trend analysis, environmental field reconnaissance, accuracy assessment and geodatabase construction aimed at supplying clients with reliable geospatial information. He has served in both executive level and program management positions.
Spring 2014 University of Florida FLREC Geomatics Newsletter
Please take a moment to review the University of Florida's Geomatics Newsletter, located here:
2014 Community Outreach
On February 28th, the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a Career day at the North Central Florida Horizon Center Alternative School where the troubled students got exposed to various career fields from a variety of professions, from beauticians to photogrammetrists.
Altavian's Brian Murphy was able to be involved with the event, and got to meet many great kids who were very attentive and curious about how Google Earth imagery is really made, and how Unmanned Aircraft are able to provide "HD Google Earth" for small-sized areas of interest. Students also got lessons on business development skills and how dressing appropriately helps develop alignment with customers.
Al's Quinoa Pilaf with Asparagaus (ASPRS!) and Leeks
Note: Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah) is an "ancient grain" from the New World (Equador, Peru, Bolivia). It a seed (not a true cereal) that is very high in protein with a rich, nutty flavor. To prepare quinoa, combine 1 cup uncooked quinoa (red or white) in a saucepan with 1.5 cups of water (or vegetable broth), bring it to a boil, lower the heat to the lowest simmer possible, and simmer, covered for ~ 15 - 20 minutes. When cooked the seeds are soft and slightly crunchy, but not mushy. Remove from the heat and fluff with a fork.
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 tablespoon olive oil (extra virgin; add more to taste)
1 cup leeks (more if desired) cut very thin into rings
1 teaspoon minced or crushed garlic
1/2 lb of asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1" pieces
1/2 teaspoon salt (add to taste)
black pepper (to taste)
6 - 4" Portabello mushrooms grilled in olive oil for 2 - 3 minutes and then cut into slices
1 - Place a large, deep skillet over medium heat and wait about a minute, then add the olive oil and swirl to coat the pan. Toss in the leeks, and saute for about 5 minutes. When the leek is very soft, add the garlic, asparagus and 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and cook, stirring often, until the asparagus is just tender - about 5 minutes.
2- Fork in the cooked, fluffed quinoa, and stir to combine, adding the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and a generous amount of black pepper as you go. Stir in the portabello mushrooms. If the mixture seems dry, you can add either some vegetable broth or some olive oil.
Serve as a side or as an alternative, you can use the mixture as a stuffing for grilled mushrooms and serve as an entree!