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  1. Lots of great information in the thread, wanted to specifically answer these as they relate to the course. Yes, you can get a rough elevation profile. As others have noted, anything that moves is difficult to model, and not as accurate as lidar. I'd suggest checking out outputs that Drone Deploy offers. You would be able to estimate volumes of soil to move, take rough measurements, and get updated maps based upon changes to your property. You can do all of this with inexpensive equipment. A Phantom 3 Advanced and above from DJI all have this capability (except low end options
  2. Frank, There is an online course, you can find it here: https://learn.uavcoach.com/p/mapping-and-modeling 1) It is related to drone "surveying" and mapping. "Surveying" because it is taking known measurements the way a surveyor typically would. The level of accuracy is not as absolute as these methods. That said, it is still quick, cheap, actionable, and "good enough" for many applications. 2) The course is online! 3) It is NEVER too late to register. The course is self paced and available 24/7. Let me know if you have any more questions! LB
  3. Michael, I'm sitting next to the same setup that you have currently (although I use it more for visual work). You can use it, I'd advise using Drone Deploy or the DJI GS Pro app. The shorter the lens the better. If you put on a 45mm lens, that is a very narrow FOV. I'd go with a standard shorter lens of 12/14/15 or whatever their packages currently are. We discuss parameters that will drive what altitude you want to fly at. With the x5S you could fly 200-400 and still have great outputs, which should be above most obstacles. The course does not cover correction for the Z axis. That
  4. @Rylan Loemker We cover Drone Deploy and Maps Made Easy in our mapping course, and do demos on various platforms.
  5. I'm not familiar what settings it applies to the camera. The app is usually a mess when I try to use it. Either won't start properly, or the mission is too big, etc.
  6. I also want to say a BIG thanks to the first students through the course. We LOVE the feedback. I've already uploaded two new videos relating to sidelap/overlap, and a quick tutorial on scanning a structure into the Mapping Concepts lecture. I can't promise as rapid of updates in the future, but wanted to get those out ASAP on our first day live!
  7. I think there is going to be rapid advances in this area. A lot of the current solutions aren't as good as the consumer grade stuff right now. Lots of people doing the ag stuff now are strapping/hacking/taping different cameras and sensors to the planes. Whoever comes out with an integrated multispectral integrated camera is going to make a lot of people happy. There still is a place for multirotors in this area. If the crop is small enough / in a hilly or hard to get to area, a multirotor is going to be a better bet (think vineyard). Typically with fixed wings you will have to fly a bit
  8. Hey everyone! Thanks for signing up for our class. You are bound to have question (or want to show off your awesome maps/models!), so we will try to answer questions as quickly/best we can. Lewis