UAS Operations & Analytics Workshop

Everything you need to know to buy, fly and efficiently use a drone for your business or organization--hands-on training for UAS operations, plus step-by-step guidance for UAS imagery processing.

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Workshop structure

Join us for three full days of theory, hands-on training and flight mission demonstrations. Gain new skills, watch Unmanned Aerial Systems in action and learn how to produce quality products from imagery obtained and processed from UAS.

Questions? Contact Us!

For inquiries about course content, contact Tom Zajkowski ( regarding UAS or Justyna Jeziorska ( regarding imagery processing. For questions about your application and payment, contact Zachary Arcaro (

You will learn how to:

  • select a drone that best meets your needs,
  • fly safely and legally in North Carolina,
  • prepare and execute flights to collect data,
  • get the most out of your drone and UAS data,
  • turn raw UAS imagery into a final product that will impress your clients,
  • find help and resources for UAS-related questions.

Who should attend?

Anyone who already owns or plans to purchase a drone and would like to learn how to legally and efficiently use it in North Carolina. Industry leaders, government agencies and researchers seeking helpful tips and guidance for mapping with drones in a range of applications. Individuals and groups who want to learn how to turn data captured by UAS into maps and 3-D models.

The workshop…provided a unique opportunity to experience the use of UAS and image processing first-hand. After completing this course, I am interested in expanding upon these skills. This is a great place to start for anyone who is interested in learning about UAS technology and its various applications.

Kari D. Signor, University of North Carolina; Chapel Hill, NC


The workshop consists of nine modules covering everything from UAS basics to advanced imagery processing. We will provide sample data, software and workstations. Participants are also welcome to bring their own laptop and data.

Day One – Drone capabilities, flight regulations and preparing a flight mission

  • Learn about different forms of UAS, what they can and cannot do and how to fly UAS safely and legally to obtain useful data.

Day Two – Flight mission field trip and introduction to imagery processing

  • Receive training on UAS pre-, mid- and post-flight operations; gain an overview of methods for processing UAS data.

Day Three – Hands-on imagery processing

  • Practice imagery processing with provided data (or bring your own!) and understand how to read and use the processed results.


The Center for Geospatial Analytics and NextGen Air Transportation at NC State University have teamed up to offer this innovative three-day training program in UAS operation and imagery processing, in partnership with Agisoft PhotoScan.

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Course modules are designed and led by a team of resident experts at NC State University:

Justyna Jeziorska

Justyna is a Research Associate in the Center for Geospatial Analytics at NC State University and a UAS Mapping Scientist certified by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. She has processed countless UAS-obtained datasets and teaches NC State students how to use drones in their research.

Thomas Zajkowski

Tom is the Flight Operations Manager for the NGAT program at the Institute for Transportation Research and Education at NC State University. He began working with unmanned aircraft in 2001 and holds both a Commercial Pilot License and Part 107 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Remote Pilot Certificate.

Evan Arnold

Evan is a Research Associate at the Institute for Transportation Research and Education at NC State University. He also holds a Part 107 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Remote Pilot certificate and has been focused on drone research since 2014.

This workshop is a very good learning tool for beginners and intermediate users of UAVs. Every topic is covered thoroughly and explained to detail. The instructors have years of experience in this topic and its applications.

Cynthia Garcia, Cartographer; Mission, TX



Price: $900.00

Lunch will be provided during the workshop.

Location and travel

The workshop will be held at NC State University. Parking permits will be provided.



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Unable to attend a scheduled workshop at NC State? We can come to you! Contact Justyna Jeziorska to arrange a three-day workshop, one-day training or half-day imagery processing short course at your location.