Pix4D Public Safety Workshop – Idaho Falls

Description

Kickstart your public safety workflow by learning about Pix4D’s recommended best practices when capturing and processing aerial and terrestrial images. This is a technical workshop organized in partnership with Pix4D for public safety professionals using drones to document vehicular collisions. The workshop will introduce you to creating accurate reconstructions and improving final results.

By registering for this workshop you are eligible to receive a 50% discount on the Pix4D Certification Exam.

Each day will start at 8:30am and finish by 5:00pm.

Level

Audience: Law enforcement or public safety professionals who are beginning to leverage drones and digital imaging for mapping and 3D modeling work.

Content: We will cover topics of basic to intermediate level and explain how to get the best results using the available processing options in Pix4Dmapper.

Workshop Content

Day 1 – Fundamental Concepts and General Processing Workflow w/GCPs

Lecture

  • The Theory and Science of Photogrammetry
  • Aerial Mapping RGB Image Acquisition: Best Practices
  • Georeferencing, Project Accuracy, and Ground Control: Best Practices
    • Acceptable – Image Geotags
    • Good- Scale Constraints
    • Better- Total Station, Local Coordinate systems
    • Best – Differential GPS/GNSS
  • Hardware specification recommendations
  • Project/scene accuracy verification

Lab Exercises

  • Creating a New Project in Pix4Dmapper Pro
  • Step 1: Initial Processing, Image Geotags only
    • Creating a Processing Area
    • Project measurement check
    • Reoptimizing the Project
    • Step 2: Point Cloud and Mesh
    • Working in the rayCloud
    • Classifying the Point Cloud
    • Using the Point Cloud Editor
    • Volume Calculations
    • Generating a 3D Mesh
  • Step 3: DSM, and Orthomosaic
    • Working in the Mosaic Editor
    • Generating an Orthomosaic, DSM and DTM
    • Contours and Outputs

Day 2 – Advanced Processing Techniques & Quality Report Review

Lecture

  • Review of Exercise 1 workflow/process
  • Review of a project quality report
  • Review of Pix4D processing options
  • Image acquisition of vertical structures: Best Practices
  • Terrestrial & mapping indoors: Best Practices
  • Pix4Dcapture

Lab Exercises

  • 3D Reconstruction of Vertical Structures
    • Applying Scale and Orientation Constraints
    • Making linear, area & volume measurements
    • Advanced Point Cloud Editing
    • Masking Images using Image Annotation
    • Applying the Clipping Box
    • Generating Video Animations
  • Merging Oblique and Nadir Imagery with Manual Tie Points

Day 3 – Instructor guided scene capture and project processing

Mission Planning

  • Scene Location scouting/size up (Secure location selected & provided by requesting Agency)
  • Establish project Georeferencing plan, leveraging available agency hardware.
    • Acceptable – Image Geotags
    • Good- Scale Constraints
    • Better- Total Station, Arbitrary/Local Coordinate system
    • Best – Differential GPS/GNSS with defined coordinate system
  • Review potential scene challenges & suggested workarounds
  • Image Acquisition of aerial & terrestrial data
    • Aerial Images
    • Terrestrial Images
    • Terrestrial video
  • Mapping Indoors: Best Practices (Optional in place of outdoor data collection)

Project Processing

  • Step 1, Automatic Tie Points & initial quality report generation
  • Applying georeferencing or Scale and Orientation Constraints
  • Merging Aerial and Terrestrial data
    • Establish Manual Tie Points across projects to be merged
    • Project Reoptimization
    • Create Merged Project
    • Review initial results
  • Point Cloud Editing
    • Clipping Box
    • Image Annotation
    • Point Cloud Classification
  • Pix4Dmapper outputs
    • Dense Point Cloud
    • 3D Mesh
    • Digital Surface Model
    • Orthomosaic
    • Contour Lines
    • Vector data extraction

FAQs

Q: What is a Pix4D User Workshop?
A: A Pix4D User Workshop is geared towards those who are getting started with Pix4D. We will address best practices for data acquisition, basic processing options, and workflows.

If you consider yourself an advanced user and you are interested in learning more about Pix4D software, please consider requesting a quote for a personal training.

Q: Should I bring my laptop?
A: Yes, Please ensure that you bring a laptop computer with the latest version of Pix4Dmapper installed to the User Workshop so that you may follow along during the hands-on exercises. Computers will not be provided on the day of the workshop.

We recommend that your computer is equipped with Windows, has at least 16 GB of RAM, 20 GB of free hard drive space, and a GPU that supports OpenGL 3.2. We also suggest that you bring a computer mouse to facilitate 3D navigation in the software. Computers running Mac OS are not supported at this time.

Q: Should I bring my drone?
A: Please DO NOT bring your drone to the workshop. This is a workshop about software. Under no circumstances will drones be permitted to fly during the workshop. DO NOT fly your drone at or around the workshop venue.

Q: Do I need a Pix4D software license to attend the workshop?
A: It is not necessary that you own a Pix4D software license to attend the workshop. If you do not own a license, you will be provided with a temporary one for the duration of the workshop.

Q: Is food provided at the Pix4D User Workshop?
A: Lunch, coffee/tea, snacks, and water will be provided onsite during the workshop.

Q: Can I attend the workshop remotely by WebEx, phone, or conference call?
A: The workshop must be attended in person and is not available for remote attendance.

Q: Are discounts available for educational institutions or non-profit organizations?
A: Educational discounts are available, please contact the Pix4D training team at training@pix4d.com for more information.

Q: What is the refund policy?
A: Orders may not be changed, modified, converted, or refunded once an order has been confirmed.

Q: How can I contact the workshop organizer if I have other questions?
A: Click “Contact” below, and send us an email. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

*By registering to the workshop, you accept the General Terms and Conditions of Sale of Pix4D and submit your information to the workshop organizer, who will use it to communicate with you regarding this event.

By | June 11th, 2019|0 Comments

Idaho UAS Symposium – Boise, ID

Sundance Media Group is excited to be a small part of the coming UAS Symposium in Boise, ID.

Idaho UAS Situational Awareness Workshop being hosted by the Idaho Transportation Department and Idaho Office of Emergency Management.

SMG will be participating in round-table discussions and Douglas Spotted Eagle will moderate a discussion focused on Private Sector UAS Operational Concepts and Uses.

The SMG A.V.O.C will also be onsite for walk thrus and Douglas and James Spear will be on hand for equipment demonstrations.

 

Please contact us if you’d like a personal walk through of the AVOC while we’re in the area – we’ll be driving from Boise, ID to Idaho Falls June 6th!

 

Many thanks to our sponsors for helping to make this possible:

      

By | June 5th, 2019|0 Comments

Utah Dept. of Transportation – AASHTO Event

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) is holding its Spring Meeting May 20 thru May 23rd.

Sundance Media Group will be showcasing drone technology as a new piece of their workflow on May 20th.  JOIN US in Park City to see the AVOC put to work with an Autel Evo, a Yuneec H520, FoxFury lights, and Pix4Dmapper software to bring it all together!

Details on registration:

http://aashtospringmeeting.org/

By | May 20th, 2019|0 Comments

CompTIA Communities & Councils Forum (CCF)

March 11, 2019 – March 13, 2019

CHICAGO, IL

Join us for our second annual CompTIA Communities & Councils Forum (CompTIA CCF).  New this year, CCF has been expanded to include members of CompTIA’s five Industry Advisory Councils, in addition to our seven U.S. Communities.  The objective of CompTIA CCF is to further the discussion and exploration of some of the most pressing issues and opportunities in the tech industry today and for members of the industry to formulate and collaborate on 2019 member initiatives that will have a positive impact on their market spaces.  Book your stay with us today and,

•             Participate in impactful, productive peer-to-peer meetings.

•             Network with top industry leaders.

•             Learn about the newest disruptive technologies.

•             Gain insightful thought-leadership.

•             Contribute to impactful industry initiatives.

•             Experience high level networking across multiple tech sectors.

Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with members of CompTIA’s communities including Emerging Technology, Advancing Women in Technology, Advancing Diversity in Technology, Technology Lifecycle Services, Future Leaders, IT Security, Managed Services, and members of our Industry Advisory Councils including Blockchain, Business Applications, Drones, Smart Cities and the Channel Advisory Board.

Event Dates: Monday, March 11 – Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Location: Chicago Marriott Downtown
540 North Michigan Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(312) 836-0100
Room Rate: $170 plus tax

Reservation Cutoff Date: Monday, March 4th. Please be aware the room block may fill before that date.

AGENDA and PRICING

Who Should Attend?
This event is suitable for both the highly engaged member, and those new to CompTIA, and is a great way to connect with and leverage your industry trade association.

Contact:
Please contact Jaime Little at JLittle@comptia.org with any questions.

REGISTER NOW

By | February 28th, 2019|0 Comments

Government Expo – The National Drone Show 2018

Join Douglas Spotted Eagle at the for a full day sUAS Workshop

DC Post|Production Conference

A three-day training event, the DC Post | Production Conference is designed for professionals in TV, video, film, motion graphics and new media who wish to maximize their creativity and efficiency and improve their technical skills. Sessions are geared toward intermediate to advanced professionals and are presented theater-style with ample time for Q&A. The conference runs three full days in four parallel tracks.Gi

By | November 28th, 2018|0 Comments

Update? Calibrate!

Software and firmware run the world of UAS, and some developer/manufacturers offer/require frequent updates. Updates are a component of the maintenance process for any UAS and should be manually checked at minimum, every 30 days. We recommend that any old software/firmware versions be archived if possible, in the event of problems encountered with a new update. Rolling back software is a good option (when possible).  In addition to archiving old software/firmware versions (when possible), it is required by the FAA that any maintenance be logged. This includes logging any software/firmware updates to the aircraft system.

For many UAS pilots/operators, the process ends at the update. In fact, many updates occur in-field with automated software updates being required by some manufacturer/developers, so the pilot uses WiFi or cellular connection to update the aircraft, controller, software, or battery, just before flying the next mission. There have been many instances where the next action with the aircraft is to begin the planned mission.

This is a mistake.

Any time software or firmware on the aircraft, tablet, battery, IMU, or other component of the aircraft is implemented, it is recommended that the aircraft be re-calibrated. This step is frequently put aside in interests of time, and can result in disaster.

The issue this pilot had could have been avoided had the aircraft and system been recalibrated prior to flight. The aircraft is a total loss due to compass error.

Software/Firmware updates are not always reliable and in some cases, result in safety issues. Recalibration is an important step in mitigating risk due to unknown factors generated via the software/firmware update process.  Compass, accelerometer, etc all must be recalibrated. It is also a good idea to let the aircraft sit for a few minutes after powering up, to acquire all satellites prior to flight after a recalibration.

Take 5 to avoid issues. Calibrate after every software/firmware update, and log the calibration along with the notice of update/firmware changelog.  Your flights will be more safe and confident.

 

By | November 27th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Update? Calibrate!

FoxFury High CRI Rugo Lighting Instruments

Last week I acquired a set of the new high CRI FoxFury Rugo 2’s. Although I was first introduced to the Rugo as a tool for UAS flight and photography, these new hi CRI Rugo 2 units captured my  interest and excitement. I’ve purchased several sets of the older Rugos (5700k) units, and they’re terrific for drones or basic, backfill, accent, or action cam lighting. They’re a bit too cool for scene lighting without corrective gel or filters. The CRI rating of the Rugo 2 is 92, which displays color more accurately and naturally than other LED lights.

Having access to these new Rugo 2 lights with the high CRI was exciting, as they represented yet another “shrink” in my portable imaging kit.  The size is the perfect tool for keeping on the camera full-time, whether shooting video or photos. Flashes aren’t always optimal for size, space, nor balance and the Rugo 2 allows everything to come together for the ideal compact system.

My first experience with the high CRI Rugo 2 instruments was in setting up a product shot and I was immediately knocked out at how quickly the shot came together. Before I laid out my plans for a product shot, I tested the Rugo 2’s on a toy that has a broad dynamic range (seen below in the unedited Pixel 3-captured images). One aspect that greatly impressed me was that regardless of battery status, the color did not shift (as common with most low-cost LED systems). The lights also run very cool to the touch, even after being powered up for three hours.

Liking what I saw in the final test images I decided to try them on a video interview, and again, impressed with the final result of the evaluation.

The lights pictured below are supported by very inexpensive, extremely lightweight flash stands typically found in a photographer’s kit, vs a videographer’s kit. They are essentially disposable at a cost of around $15.00 each, but are easy to pack on a plane. The Rugo is sitting on a ball swivel, the same type one might put a flash head.  This allows the Rugo 2 to tilt and angle.

 

 

LENSES

One of the features that makes the Rugo 2 so flexible is that the Rugo 2 has three lenses, aka “Tri-Lens®” technology. These three lens positions allow for a tightly-focused spot light, diffused, and flood light from one instrument. The lens may also be removed for situations where control isn’t critical. Removing the lens also offers a slightly more powerful light beam.

BATTERIES

When the battery is expired, the Rugo 2 has a clip/lever that allows the battery pack to be removed, and a fresh battery connected. This ensures wait-free production. For me, this was a huge step up, given the other battery powered instruments I’d worked with all have internal batteries, which required re-charging before use.  Batteries are inexpensive, and I recommend having a few spares on hand if the shoot is expected to go beyond three hours. Additionally, the Rugo’s flash for purposes of anti-collision lighting on a drone/UAS system.  Battery life is dependent on intensity, but generally runs in the 3, 2, 1 hour lifespan. On the lowest setting, the batteries may last as long as 6 hours. Recharges take approximately 2.5 hours, but charge faster when using upgraded USB charging systems and cables.

MOUNTS

The Rugo 2comes with a standard quarter/20 mount, as well as a Go-Pro style mount. Additional mounts are available for various kinds of drones, bikes, etc.

FLEXIBLE

The high CRI Rugo 2 also has a new power button; (look for the orange switch) this means that the instrument not only provides strobing, but also can be put in 60 feet of water, making it ideal for the underwater photography or underwater accent lighting kit. They are so small, I carry a couple in my day-to-day backpack for accent lighting, primary lighting when shooting with my mobile phone, and for when I need a flashlight.

For years, we drove around a production van similar to this one from my friends at New York Rentals. Essentially a five-light kit, three cameras/tripods, and sound kit, this required a van filled to the roof with gear. We also had a 6K lighting system that carried in a 14′ box truck with distribution and lunchboxes. With the Rugo2, those days are long gone.

Image result for production, grip equipment, van

These new Rugo 2’s from FoxFury enable me to carry essentially the same amount of lighting power and flexibility in a small case that can be carried on to any airplane, or carried on my back as a backpack, with a similar five lights, four-channel audio kit, three cameras/tripods, and a few assorted gels, C47’s, and small accessories in one kit/case.

While I was in New York teaching a class on drone imagery, it was fun to meet one of the Fire Department New York staff photographers, and I noticed on her belt, a Rugo 2 light as well.

Comparing notes, we both found how much we appreciated the small size, long battery life, and multi-lens, multi-intensity options of this new lighting instrument. She commented on the durability noting “I dropped this thing down a 75′ elevator shaft, and it didn’t miss a beat, and even provided some interesting back lighting while I was shooting.” It’s true the Rugo 2 light, like all FoxFury products, are made for durability.

SUMMARY

  • Warm color 
  •  Interchangeable Battery
  • Up to 6 hours battery life
  • Lightweight/small/cool running
  • Three lens options
  • Stand-ready
  • Virtually indestructible/Waterproof (60′)
  • No color shift (CRI 92)
  • Affordable

For the corporate producer, these lights are ideal for small in-office interviews, headshots, product shots, underwater glamour, and many other creative spaces. I simply cannot imagine going back to large-package light kits weighing over 80lbs when I can carry five FoxFury Rugo 2 instruments, and five stands in a backpack weighing less than 10lbs while achieving not only the same amount of illumination, but more valuable are the greater options with the lenses, intensities, and swappable battery packs.

FoxFury High CRI Rugo 2 LED light compared to older PhotoFlex halogen

Watch for a video coming soon on the video viability of the FoxFury high CRI Rugo lights!

Here are some photos from a recent Photowalk I did with the WPPI folks, with all lighting from the Rugo 2’s.

Mobile Phone grabs from a by-stander (apologies for out of focus areas, I didn’t shoot these, they are courtesy of someone on the photowalk

 

 

By | November 7th, 2018|Production, Technology, Training, Uncategorized, Video|Comments Off on FoxFury High CRI Rugo Lighting Instruments

UAS in Construction – PANEL Part I & II

CONSTRUCTION – PART I & II

Aerial data obtained on construction sites via UAS for digital elevation maps, point clouds and other uses for efficiency and safety is increasingly being leveraged for engineering analysis and predictive analytics. This workshop will examine the best approaches from capturing information and new tools to best practices for integrating, processing and disseminating the information, including deliverables and visualization. Scaling a UAV program and anticipating future developments will also be addressed.

Wednesday, October 3

Part I (2:00 – 3:30pm)
The Right Tools for Capture & Analysis

Beyond Photography and Video Applications
Mapping the site: Orthomosaics and 3D Modeling
Programming the Flight Grid & Capturing the Data
Processing & Analyzing UAV Data
Integrating with Disparate Systems

Part II (4:00 – 5:00pm)
Best Practices & Lessons Learned

Implications on Financials & Business Operations
Looking Ahead: Drones, AI, Detection, Automation, and AR
Expanding Operations: Experiences & Lessons Learned
Examples of Companies Living the Future State “No Touch Inventory” Today

Confirmed Speakers Include:
Oliver Smith, Skanska
Richard Lopez, Hensel Phelps
David Boardman, Stockpile Reports
Douglas Spotted Eagle, Sundance Media Group

Track Name: Industry Workshop Sessions
By | October 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

PUBLIC SAFETY Panel – PART I & II

PUBLIC SAFETY – PART I & II

Police, fire and government entities are constrained in the use of UAVs, not only by budget but also public perceptions and oversight. This workshop focuses on lessons learned and key factors for a successful UAV program, including mapping, reconstruction, mission overwatch, patrol uses, search and rescue, emergency management, interior tactical searching, health sciences, cyber-security, data science operations and other related topics.

Wednesday, October 3

Part I (2:00 – 3:30pm)

Developing Successful UAS Programs

Identifying your goals; justifications & benefits analysis
Obtaining buy-in and approvals from elected officials & public
Sources for knowledge & funding; Public-Private Partnerships
Policies and SOPs for safe operations
Operating under 107 versus COA

Part II (4:00 – 5:00pm)
Ensuring Ongoing Success & Scaling

Selecting the right sensors, platforms, systems
UAS interoperability, imaging, and automation
Practical guide for ongoing training
Pros and cons: lessons & best practices from the field

Confirmed Speakers Include:

Harrison Andrew Pierce, San Diego Homeland Security
Richard Fields, Los Angeles Fire Department
Scott Mlakar, Willoughby Fire Department / Lake County UAS
Tracy Wilkinson and Chad Karlewicz, Renton Police Department
Daniel Marek, Nevada Highway Patrol
Michael Ralston and Tom Calvert, Battalion Chief, Menlo Park Fire District

Track Name: Industry Workshop Sessions

 

By | October 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

Commercial UAV Expo 2018

Commercial UAV Expo is North America’s leading trade show and conference for the commercial drone market, focusing on:

  • Surveying & Mapping
  • Civil Infrastructure
  • Process, Power & Utilities
  • Aggregates & Mining
  • Construction
  • Law Enforcement, Emergency Response & Search and Rescue (SAR)
  • Precision Agriculture

In the Conference Program, UAV industry experts share key insights into the issues asset owners face when implementing unmanned aerial systems (UAS), including systems selection and integration; developing enterprise workflows, guidelines and policies; data management and integration; and legal, safety and regulatory considerations. Plenary sessions and panels cover topics of interest to all end-users regardless of industry, while breakout sessions focus on UAV technology, applications and opportunities in the vertical markets listed above.

The international Exhibition includes drone airframe manufacturers, component and sensor manufacturers, software developers and service companies. Commercial UAV Expo has more exhibitors than any other commercial drone show.

By | October 1st, 2018|0 Comments