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  1. Welcome!

    Lewis, great course. Thank you for being open to topic enhancement/bolstering considerations for this course. I look forward to monitoring any updates to it. Alan, nice job rolling this out. Its a sector many of us are interesting in but not sure how to get started. This is a perfect 101 class. Now we need 201 class that dives into business model, pricing, contract negotiation, risk insurance, 3D printing services that do great work, comparison of cloud based 3d dashboard models to use with clients w/pros/cons of each. There are tons of data layers in the DroneDeploy/MapsMadeEasy - could we focus on how best to price some of these premium layers. Volumetric calculations should cost ? vs. Mapping an area.

    My City's police use "Total Station" for their accident scenes. The software that comes with It has ability to be extremely precise. However lots of 3rd party software companies make 3D scene re-creation software package to work with the data captured by the Total Station. Such as It looks like they support.... "Some of our many supported formats include raw, csv, txt, nik, rw5, and dxf, among others. Your points can also be exported as a CSV file should you need them for use in another application." I hope this helps.
  3. Best practices for flying Inspire 1 in/around metal buildings

    Great, thank you, Ronk.
  4. I was asked to do demo DJI UAVs for a Charity Auction event being held in a Westin Hotel ballroom. It seemed easy enough, NOT! Turns out the commercial construction of buildings uses corrugated aluminum/steel floors that they pour cement on to form each floor. This metal is virtually everywhere. I could power on the Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 both and walk around the ballroom and found several 3-4' spherical pockets where the metal wasn't interfering with the compass. The UAVs had plenty of GPS signal. They were both allocated special WIFI access for the DJI Go App to function. However, not feeling comfortable with compass interference and the lack of indoor flight experience i opted for plan B. I Zip tied Phantom 3 to OEM box handle then Duct Tape the Box to the Hotel Staff Serving Tray. I removed the Propellers and turned on the UAV. We setup the DJI YouTube Stream and broadcast to the Ballroom Big Screen for all to see while we were on stage presenting. We had the auction staff hold the serving tray as we fired up the remote camera gimbal and walked the crowd through live camera and narrated all the great feature. The Event was a huge success even without flight demo. However, my question is this. Both these models have positioning systems to monitor the floor. I have seen CES and Convention demos of both flying in commercial buildings with perfect hover and positioning systems being used. So how do you get past the compass errors and calibration errors encounters when running pre-flight checks in commercial buildings???? I have had some tell me to use "A" or "F" modes and turn off GPS when inside building so not to get unexpected autonomous maneuvers. But i am really looking for the best practices method of conducting inside flights.