Casey O’Heran is a young professional in the field of geospatial science. He earned his B.S. in Surveying Engineering from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. During his time there, he participated in projects that exposed him to geospatial data acquisition using land surveying methods and data fusion. His studies also exposed him to the theory of multispectral LIDAR, echo sounders, and their ability to collect bathymetric data. This exposure sparked his interest in bathymetric data acquisition and ocean mapping.
Casey is now pursuing a Master’s degree in Ocean Engineering with a focus in Ocean Mapping at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). Additionally, he is a Research Assistant for the Center of Coastal and Ocean Mapping (CCOM) at UNH. During his time at UNH, Casey has conducted research that explores utilizing Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs) for hydrographic purposes. His current research investigates the implementation of UASs to survey vessels while they are docked in water. Casey hopes to utilize developed skill sets in terrestrial, aerial, and hydrographic surveying throughout his career as a mapping professional.