Informatics and GIS Program
University of California
Informatics and GIS Program


Thank you to everyone who helped make DroneCamp 2019 a grand success!!

For info about the next offering of DroneCamp, please check back here in January 2020. All IGIS drone workshops are also announced on the Drone Mapping California email list.

DroneCamp 2019 Highlights 


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IGIS is pleased to be partnering with the Monterey Bay DART Nonprofit Organization to offer our third annual DroneCamp! This three-day 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

Schedule at a Glance

See also: Detailed Agenda

Tuesday June 18
  • Welcome and Course Overview
  • Drone Technology and Applications
  • Equipment Roundtable
  • Flight Controls
  • Simulator Practice
  • Risk Analysis and Management
  • Intro to Regulations and Part 107
  • Mission Planning

Tuesday evening: Monterey Bay DART Meetup / Mixer (ag & conservation focus). Optional

Wednesday June 19
  • Intro to Data Management
  • Divide into two groups
    • Group 1
      • Principles of Photogrammetry
      • Data processing with Pix4D
      • Getting to Know ArcGIS Pro
      • Analysis of processed data with ArcGIS Pro
    • Group 2
      • Field Safety Procedures
      • Flight Practice
        • Basic Maneuvers
        • Flight Patterns
        • Emergency procedures
        • Autonomous Flight Practice
Thursday June 20
  • Groups 1 and 2 swap schedules from Day 2
  • DroneCamp Wrap-Up, Where to go from here

Thursday evening: Industry reception with Monterey Bay DART Symposium

Friday June 21 - Monterey Bay DART UAS Symposium

Stay an extra day for the affiliated Monterey Bay DART UAS Symposium, a one-day industry symposium and trade show. The Symposium will feature talks by industry leaders, technology updates, and networking events, making it the perfect complement to DroneCamp's instructional focus. DroneCamp participants get a $50 discount of the Symposium registration fee. The early bird price (through May 20, 2019) for the DART Symposium is $100, but if paid with your DroneCamp fee, you will receive a discounted rate of $50! To get the discount, sign-up for both events through the DroneCamp registration page.


Who Should Attend DroneCamp?

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.

DroneCamp 2018 Montage


Fees & Registration

We are pleased to maintain the same registrations fees for DroneCamp as last year:

  • $900 - Standard
  • $500 - University of California students and employees

Registration covers all instruction, materials, flight practice, and lunches. It does not cover accommodation or transportation to Monterey.

DroneCamp participants get a $50 discount on the affiliated DART Symposium. To get the discount, select the DART Symposium combo on the DroneCamp registration page.

To register for DroneCamp, please complete the registration form. Payment of registration fees is due in full by June 1st, 2019.

Registration is closed. If you are interested in attending DroneCamp, please join the waiting list.

DroneCamp Scholarship Program

The DroneCamp Scholarship Program supports the participation of students, non-profits, and individuals from underserved communities in DroneCamp. A limited number of scholarships will be competitively awarded based on background, need, and the anticipated impact of the training. Scholarships cover the registration fee only; accommodation and transportation are still the responsibility of the recipient. DroneCamp Scholarships are made possible by a partial fee waiver from IGIS, with matching funds from individual donors, sponsors, and the UCANR BigDig campaign.

To apply for a scholarship, please complete a short application form. Scholarship applications will be reviewed on Tuesday May 28, 2019 and Thursday June 6.


Scholarship Program Supporters

The DroneCamp Scholarship Program has been made possible by the generous support of the following donors.

If you would like to support the DroneCamp Scholarship Program, please let us know. All donors will be acknowledged on the website, agenda, and workshop materials.

Other Questions

See also the DroneCamp FAQs. If you have other questions, please contact us at

Highlights from Previous DroneCamps

DroneCamp 2018

DroneCamp 2017


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