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  1. Hello UAV community, For the past 4 years, I have been working as a drone operator and aerial cinematographer around the United States. I recently moved to Puerto Rico to pursue a documentary project and have decided to start a different kind of drone business with a local colleague. I am looking for advice on the most popular drone models that are currently used for damage/structural inspections, 3D mapping, and surveying (I understand that this is probably 3 separate drones). I could repurpose my Mavic Pro and Inspire 2 for this venture, but I imagine there are systems that are better suited for this work. While I have extensive experience flying for film and documentary clients, this is a totally green area for me. Any help pointing me in the right direction would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
  2. Hi all, just got this email from one of our students: Thoughts? I haven't spent enough time comparing the two myself. (cc @Lewis@IcarusAerials @Trevor - Icarus)
  3. Hi everyone! I am an architecture graduate currently working in Construction management. I passed the written exam for my FAA Remote Pilot License and am really dedicated to breaking into the drone industry as a career. My goal is to become a photographer/videographer with my Mavic 2 Pro. I'm naturally interested in providing services for architecture firms or construction companies given my education and occupation background but, I am very interested in getting into Real Estate and Inspections also. I've done research to find the proper training and programs needed for mapping/3D modelings such as Pix4D and Drone Deploy, however, I soon found some of these services will require a Surveyor's license or license Surveyor to sign off. I am now confused, I see many drone operators providing these mapping and 3d model services but, am not sure if these they are licensed, surveyor. Am I missing something here? Can someone please clarify this for me? I want to provide my construction company stitched mapping and 3d model services but, don't want to put my company or my self at risk when I do not have a surveyors license. Also, please provide some insight on real estate or inspection work if you are knowledgeable or experienced in this type of work. Thank you so much for taking the time to read me questions.
  4. very excited about learning to fly, Hoping to venture into a career change as I get older and hopefully wiser. I have flown a mavic pro and a Inspir 1 under the supervision of a 107 pilot. I loved it! looking for others who I can learn from and just enjoy the ride (from the ground of course). I am taking the 107 test Friday the 17th of Aug.2018....I feel very confident because I invested in a course from Remotepilot101.com, I have also taken multiple practice test and have performed very well, so here goes!!!
  5. All pilots that are considering using the H520 for mapping should watch this detailed analysis to determine if the rolling shutter implementation of the Yuneec E90 camera will provide you the accuracy that your customers require.
  6. Hi, Does anyone know what settings Pix4D Capture applies to the camera (Inspire 1 X3) when using the gridded flight mission? Last time I used it, I wasnt given the option to apply manual settings. Obviously I don't want Auto Exposure etc. applied. I am not sure what impact auto settings are having on the images Regards, Rylan
  7. Hi, I am a 'late bloomer' but already using drones to map estuarine edge and subtidal habitat. I do a few presentations each year and can augment images with aerial work. Keen to learn how others use drones and keep up with new drone technology.
  8. Hi, I'd like to ask if you know countries that have drone regulations specific to land surveying? I know there are countries that has initiatives where they use drones for conducting land surveys needed for getting land titles. These countries are Tanzania, Rwanda, Namibia among others. Would you know if these countries (and other countries) have government regulations guiding drone users on how they'll conduct land surveys? I only see policies related to drone registrations in aviation authorities. Thanks a bunch!
  9. Dear UAV Coach community, In Geoscan we develop multidimensional spatial data visualization system – Sputnik GIS. It is a great tool for viewing and analyzing wide range of UAV survey results. Here is areas of applications of Sputnik GIS: mining, urban planning, road construction and maintenance, oil and gas, emergency management, condition survey and more. We are glad to present you a new version of Sputnik 1.3. In this version, we improved TLS rendering algorithm and released new features. Please check out the list of improvements and innovations below. 1. TLS rendering – the speed of rendering along with detail level increased, high FPS is maintained. The chance of coarse objects (LOD) appearing during model rotation is reduced. 2. Close to wall navigation is improved – we added first person camera mode and keys combination to move along vertical axis of object 3. Export part of TLS model – we added tool to export interested part of TLS model to OBJ, 3DS and DAE. For DAE and 3DS formats, backward compatibility with Sputnik is implemented 4. WMTS support – support for WMTS maps is supported in new version. Now you can use MapBox styles in Sputnik 5. OC3 and LAS support – now it is available to view OC3 (Photoscan point cloud format) and LAS ( Lidar) 6. WMTS support along with support of WMS services, Sputnik 1.3 supports WMTS services. Thanks to this innovation, you can use the maps you created on the Mapbox service. 7. Color palettes – from new version it is available to style raster maps in *.geotiff format 8. Photo selection – people use Sputnik for You can download Sputnik 1.3 using this link - https://www.geoscan.aero/en/sputnik/ Read more about Sputnik GIS 1.3 in our blog - https://www.geoscan.aero/en/blog/
  10. A very quick Google search turns up a number of articles where there are studies of the noisy drones and some mapping of where they go, etc. I'm thinking that if the noise of the drone itself could be filtered out electronically or mechanically, it would be very useful to have sound-mapping equipment carried by a drone. This would be particularly useful for search and rescue operations where cries for help could be pinpointed. No visuals can do this job. I could imagine people who carry emergency whistles on hikes could be found by such a drone. Maybe dual visual-sonic mapping would be possible. Another idea is to use such a service for realtors. Some people like me like to live in a quiet neighborhood. I sure would like to know what sounds I would be subjected to when I move to a neighborhood. For one thing, builders tend to hide railroad tracks behind a layer or two of trees, and until people move there, they have no idea that the train comes roaring through at 4 a.m. Or trucking or emergency vehicles. Any noise maker. Does anyone have any thoughts or perhaps even have experience with this idea? Stan
  11. Roof assessment we did recently for a nice condominium with a rooftop terrace. Just want to pass this tip along to any pilots out there that are also doing roof assessments. This roof had a lot going on! Something you have to keep in mind is that some sections of the roof will not be visible depending on the angle of the which is important if that is a significant area of the roof. Try to get close to the areas that could be blocked out by an erected structure. https://imgur.com/5g6uMRX
  12. Hi all, CAVU Media created a 1,300+ acre map of New Orleans City Park. They were able to achieve higher resolution on the imagery w/ drone mapping software compared to traditional aerial photography. I would love to know your thoughts on this study as I've gotten some interesting feedback and challenges from posting this article. https://blog.dronedeploy.com/mapping-large-areas-drones-create-high-resolution-map-of-1-300-acre-urban-park-5637c6f055e1
  13. Hello everyone! I have created a software package that -amongst other purposes- it can be used to compensate for rolling shutter artifacts and provide corrected images. The overall scope is to increase the accuracy on 3D models created with photographs captured by Phantoms or other low cost UAVs and/or cameras. From tests that I have performed so far, the accuracy increases up to 70% for fast flights. I am turning to you now to further test my algorithm. If you have UAV-captured datasets that you can share with me, I would be very grateful. The only restriction is that I need datasets that have GCPs measured with RTK to eliminate this error source. Thank you very much in advance!
  14. Morning, I am hoping to get a little help on this one... I have a client that has two large properties and would like them to be mapped.. One is 100 acres and the other is around 650.. I am not a pilot, (yet) I work with data. How many GCP should be used for something like this. He plans on selling these large properties to a developer.. His project requires topography.. and I was planning on creating a DTM for him as well .. I use pix4d for processing imagery, and integrate into GIS and AutoCAD as a deliverable....any insight on this would be grateful.. have a great day..
  15. Hi everyone, My friend, Devon, put together this brilliant resource on Ground Control Points. You don't need them most of the time but when you do, it's worth it to get it right. That's detailed here, as well. Check it out. https://blog.dronedeploy.com/when-to-use-ground-control-points-2d404d9f5b15
  16. Here's a great guide to choosing the right UAV for your mapping business. https://blog.dronedeploy.com/choosing-the-right-mapping-drone-for-your-business-part-i-multi-rotor-vs-fixed-wing-aircraft-6ec2d02eff48
  17. Chrisp

    Hello

    Just want to say hello; I have 9 years in GIS and now I want to incorporate drone mapping along with aerial photography and perhaps orthos into my work. Recently received my Part 107 and looking into upgrading drone equipment right now to the Inspire 2 with the zenmuse x5 and the ndvi camera.
  18. Hi to all fellow drone enthusiasts;) I'm new to droning; i'm developer of alternative energy systems for a sustainable energy supply for everyone; solar and wind energy project developments require substantial amount of space; this space has to be mapped, georeferenced and topography imported into CAD for further processing (cut and fill, grading, foundation design, ...) Later on, o&m work has to be performed (pole inspection, powerlines inspection and thermal inspection of solar field, ...) I'm in the process of setting up business to provide development, design, and o&m drone services for the segment i'm in. I'm open to partnership. I'm not very familiar with picture processing and I'm looking for recommendations with regard to system setup and process / workflow implementation. My educational background is environmental engineering and physical oceanography (both master degrees from german universities) I'm looking forward to your comments Thx, Dirk
  19. Hey all, I'm a graduate student using drones for conservation/habitat mapping, and I'm hoping to crowdsource some images for a neural network I'm training to identify suburban/run down urban mosquito habitat. We're trying to understand whether vector control agencies might be able to use drones to monitor aedes albopictus habitat and do automatic image recognition for hotspots like open containers, trash piles, abandoned tires, etc, especially near mosquito traps tested positive for albopictus. These mosquitos are the ones responsible, with aegypti, for the spread of Zika, Dengue, Chikungunya, etc, but only fly 150-300 feet in their lifetimes, and always live near people. These diseases haven't really made it to the states yet, but albopictus are here and moving northward. If you have any (aerial) photos of (your own) backyard or other semi-urban areas with open containers like big trash bits, buckets, tires, trash piles, canoes, etc, and would be willing to let me use them to train the network, I'd really appreciate any help I can get. The methods are sound (right now, networks are built and tested, just need to be sufficiently trained -- for those curious, I'm looking at VGG16 for straight classification and Faster RCNN and 100 Layers of Tiramisu for image segmentation). We are planning to validate our results with entomologists collecting larvae samples toward the end of the summer. I'm storing them all in a box account right now -- photos can be emailed directly to contain.f0m83ksw5dqz1pi5@u.box.com (I know it looks like spam; it isn't, I swear), or if you'd like any more information on my research, feel free write me here or contact me at ehc77@cornell.edu Thanks in advance, Elizabeth
  20. If you're mapping, you should be familiar with Ground Control Points. This article gives a rundown on what they are, why they're important, and how to implement them. https://blog.dronedeploy.com/what-are-ground-control-points-gcps-and-how-do-i-use-them-4f4c3771fd0b
  21. In the early 2017 drone market, is the inspire 2 worth getting over the phantom 4 pro when it comes to mapping construction sites and farmland. Thanks
  22. Hi, just to thanks the ADMIN for adding me, Im an Rc pilot for 20 years and in FPV for 5 years and have the administration of the FPV group on Facebook, our group is dedicated to promoting the First person view in Peru , all are invited to discuss their experiences and, knowledge. here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/fpvperu/ , also you can follow us on Periscope:https://www.periscope.tv/FpvPeru/1ynJObnLPvnGR and Twitter: https://twitter.com/FpvPeru. This 2016 im starting a small company (part time job) dedicated to aereal mapping and video surveillance using civilian drones or copters for SAR operations to help the authorities in my country and video mapping for commercial purposes. What I do for living? Im a coastguard officer (Captain). Chears Werner M
  23. I have a question regarding flying over urban areas. I have been asked multiple times about being able to fly residential street areas. The uses for this are obvious and so are the potential abuses. Small cities say 700 people to 12,000 people have asked if I can fly residential areas for street reconstruction or sidewalk replacement etc. FAA doesn’t allow flying over moving vehicles or flying over people (unless they are part of the drone operation). I think urban mapping (specifically residential) could be accomplished if the area of interest had the streets temporarily closed and if all residents were notified of the flight (day and time). If residents are notified does that mean they are “part of the operation”? Any thoughts or discussion? Any success stories on this topic? Thanks!
  24. I flew a field for a client and I have used pix4d for processing the mapping. He wants me to add certain symbols on the map where wells are located. He provided the lat long, but I am unsure how I can add specific type of symbols to the map in the locations given. Should I take the google tiles and put them into google earth and recreate the symbols? Anyone have better suggestions or software? Thanks!
  25. Hey all, I was doing some research on various UAS photo mapping software companies. I came across Simactive Correlator 3D and Correlator 3D UAV software and wondered if anyone in the forum has used it for UAS mapping. There are options for subscriptions and full permanent purchase of the software. The permanent price for Simactive is around $2300 less than Pix4D. It looks interesting, but wasn't sure if it would be on par with Pix4D or Drone Deploy. The client list on the website is pretty extensive and includes the US Army Corps of Engineers. Let me know what you think. http://www.simactive.com/en Thanks, Chris