Douglas Spotted Eagle and Brady Reisch headed into the field to collect aerial construction data over fourteen weeks with three different drones. Their goal was to determine which drone was best for the construction job site.
They used three popular aircraft for the comparisons and the results were pretty surprising. Read all about it in their published article with Commercial UAV NEWS.
|Have you ever had a situation in the field where your sUAS seemed to have a mind of its own? In this 90 minute webinar, we’ll discuss how wind flow patterns offer predictability if one is able to read the environment. We’ll explore how seemingly unpredictable sUAS behavior can be predicted based on understanding micro climates and urban turbulence.|
Environmental concerns play a significant role in capturing data with a drone, particularly when 3D modeling is the goal, or when accurate measurements are required. In this 90 minute session, we will discuss and demonstrate the impacts of winds and environment on stable, safe, and useful sUAS flight. We’ll also diagram why common types of sUAS incidents occur, helping pilots to understand how to avoid the seemingly unavoidable crashes in urban environments. Last, we’ll have an interactive discussion on how to identify and read micro climates in the urban environment.
Pilots both manned and unmanned admit they haven’t considered some of these factors in the past, and now have a better understanding of why drones crash into buildings, seemingly without pilot input. Join us to learn more in this fresh topic in UA operation. It is particularly applicable to working in cityscapes, but does also delve into forests, communication towers, etc.
Once you have registered, we will send you a login for the webinar. We look forward to training with you!
Pix4D software allows users that do not possess specialized GIS-grade equipment to rapidly create relatively accurate models. This Pix4Dmapper workshop focused on an sUAS (drone) capture workflow, will introduce key Pix4Dmapper workflows and output. This two-day session will showcase optimal camera settings, flight planning techniques, MTP identification, placement, safety considerations, and application-specific best practices. Ultimately, you will learn how to best capturing RGB images and creating, managing, analyzing, and sharing 2D and 3D representations of reality. A series of hands-on exercises will demonstrate how to effectively work with the Pix4Dmapper solution.
Expect some time in the field as we will put aircraft up and capture images/data from a local scene, and then stitch the data together in the classroom to best demonstrate best practices and procedures for optimal Pix4D output and delivery.
Attendees bring their own computers, and we’ll provide the Pix4D licenses for the duration of the training.
Please do not bring your own drone, we will have one for use with the class.
- sUAS setup for producing data for stitching
- Produce accurate 2D and 3D georeferenced representations of reality, including orthomosaics and 3D models
- Acquire accurate measurements
- Using Manual Tie Points/MTP and Ground Control Points (GCPs) for great accuracy
- Share your deliverables with stakeholders
- Multi-ray photogrammetry
- Collecting ground control points
- Planning a drone flight with the Pix4Dcapture mobile application
- Creating, processing, and measuring in a Pix4Dmapper Desktop project
- Creating, processing, and measuring in a Pix4Dmapper Cloud project
- Sharing Pix4Dmapper Desktop and Pix4Dmapper Cloud deliverables
This is a two-day workshop.
Be part of it
Join other Pix4D users, drone enthusiasts and GIS-perts in Denver for two days of talking about tech that’s changing the world. There’s a lineup of user stories, new products to explore, and some of the most interesting people around – your peers.
From data acquisition to integration with third party software, learn from other users and Pix4D product experts. Share best practices that will help bring your drone program to the next level.
Map the future together
Disrupt industries, digitalize reality, and define new boundaries. Meet the latest products in our software suite and chat to Pix4D developers and team members about what you would like to see next.
The tie point
Meet industry professionals with the same passion for all things mapping-related. Over coffee, at lunch and at the evening networking event, start the conversation.
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.
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.
Day 1 – Fundamental Concepts and General Processing Workflow w/GCPs
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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)
- 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
- Contour Lines
- Vector data extraction
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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These same techniques may be applied to virtually any type of night scene capture.
The team will set up a crime scene and will fly the scene with both night-vision and standard RGB cameras to demonstrate the viability of wide-variety of non-specialized cameras in dark crime scene capture environments.
Once the scene has been photographed by the drone, the team will process the data captured with Pix4D software live on-site, for rapid verification of image capture and area integrity.
Please register so that we are best able to accommodate the attendees on site.
Cameras are permitted. Please; no photography during drone flights.
sUAS or “drones” are a big buzzword in security operations these days, as they should be. sUAS are a force multiplier like no human ever could possibly be.
For starters, sUAS are a dynamic aerial platform for CCTV, allowing security teams to monitor large-scale areas with ease, reducing headcount for manned patrols, able to travel faster and farther than a human can travel on foot, while providing access to detail that the human eye cannot see.
sUAS may be automated for perimeter security, allowing repeatable, automatic flight over any given area. Large areas may be hybridized, with manual and automated flight over defined sectors. Combined with security patrols/tours, sUAS provide a faster response time, greater situational awareness, and opportunity to track an incursion until law enforcement or other forces are dispatched.
Adding infrared/thermal to sUAS aircraft provides ideal vision in the dark, regardless of the environment. Seeing through smoke, fog, or darkness, thermal cameras allow detection of a live body in any area. Depending on the cost/resolution of the thermal camera, Detection, Identification, and even Recognition may be possible from very high in the air.
On large scale construction sites, sUAS are already serving double duty as mapping devices for progress reports, and security devices assisting in detecting shrink whether through shorting of delivered stock, disappearances of heavy equipment, or identification of individuals in unauthorized areas.
Equipped with a zoom lens, sUAS are capable of providing license plate information from a distance. Imagine for example, an incursion detection, the intruder runs to a car and drives away. Not only can aircraft track/follow the intruder as they exit the protected area upon detection, but the aircraft can also capture images, even in low-light, of the intruder’s license plate as they escape the area.
Tethered sUAS allow for aircraft to remain airborne for days, if necessary, providing instant overwatch at events, high profile gatherings, or in high-risk areas where temporary requirements make it infeasible to install pole-mounted cameras.
Additionally, areas where events may be held may be pre-mapped multiple times, onion-skinned for changes in the environment with differences outlined for security notification, or simply mapped for purposes of understanding crowd flow, ingress, egress, points of vulnerability, and planning response times.
All of this at greatly reduced risk to security personnel, greatly reduced cost, and with video/images to provide evidence in the event of an incursion.
Learn more at the Global Security eXchange Conference in Las Vegas, September 23-27. Several drone manufacturers, service providers, software developers, and consultants will be on hand to answer questions and provide information.
Drop by the Sundance Media Group booth 5413 and have a walk through of the AVOC and see how we have been assisting local agencies and organization with their sUAS implementations.