Do-It-Yourself Accurate Drone Mapping in Natural Resources
Location: Coeur d’Alene Resort, ID
8:30 Introduction and Overview
How did mobile technologies evolve? Looking at the legacy of devices and operating systems (Windows Mobile, Blackberry, iOS and Android)
8:45 Drone Rules
- How to obtain a drone pilot certificate.
- 20 hours of on-line study. Common test questions. Local test centers.
- Drone flying rules. Where can you fly and not fly?
- Flying by yourself, flying in the woods and around people.
- Hobby vs. business flying.
11:00 Drone Technology: Capabilities, cost and pros/cons
- Rotorcraft, fixed-wing, hybrid.
- Flight controller (tablet/smartphone vs. proprietary).
- Airframe pros/cons.
- Operating differences.
1:00 Drone Technology (continued)
- Mission planning software
- Third-party vs. manufacturer-supplied.
- iOS vs. Android vs. Windows.
- RGB cameras (photogrammetry, Phodar point clouds).
- Lidar, thermal, NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index).
- Image processing software
- Matching images effectively and accurately.
- Using ground control points.
- Cloud processing vs. Stand-alone processing.
- Producing orthophotos, DEM (Digital Elevation Model)/DSM (Digital Surface Model), contours, volumes and 3D models.
- Integrating into GIS (ESRI) systems.
2:45 The Possibilities. What’s Possible with a $1,500 UAV?
- Orthophoto example.
- Elevation contour example.
- 3D model example.
- DEM/DSM example.
- Volume example.
3:30 Wrap up and Q&A
The registration fee for one workshop is $245 if received by Feb. 26, 2018 or $325 after Feb. 26. The registration fee for two workshops, attended by the same person, is $395 if received by Feb. 26, 2018 or $475 after Feb 26. The registration fee includes a book of speaker materials, lunch and refreshments. Checks should be made payable to Western Forestry and Conservation Association. Purchase orders, VISA/MasterCard, and American Express are accepted. Tax id # 930-331-712. Any questions: 503-226-4562.
Cancellations received by Feb. 26, 2018 are subject to a 15% service charge. Cancellations received after that time will be charged the entire registration fee, but substitutions are always welcome.
For overnight accommodations, a guest room block has been held at the Resort. Reservations can be made by calling 888-965-6542. Single and double rooms in the Lake Tower are $135 plus tax. Single or double rooms in Park Tower or North Wing are $93 plus tax. The room block is being held until February 9, 2018. Reservations will continue to be accepted after this date on a space/rate available basis. Please reference Western Forestry and Conservation to receive the special rates.
Society of American Foresters CFE Credits
Workshop attendees will be eligible for 5.5 CFE credit hours for the March 8 UAV session through the Society of American Foresters.
About the Instructor:
Eric Gakstatter has been involved with GPS for more than 25 years as a product manager, consultant and power user of GNSS technology. He has used GNSS receivers on six continents. Since 2006, Eric has been the high-precision GNSS editor for GPS World magazine, writing over 100 technical articles and speaking at numerous conferences in North America, Europe, Africa and Australia. Eric’s consulting firm, Discovery Management Group