Promoting Small Drone Mapping

We are always glad to take on opportunities for the promotion of small drone mapping. What better way to do that than by helping with training and education of progressively thinking young land surveyors and mappers? When the Department of Geomatics of the University of Florida recently approached us for assistance in the teaching of their certificate course on UAV mapping, we volunteered to demonstrate our automated image acquisition procedure. We realize that a lot still has to be done to convince sceptic professionals that small drone mapping is a robust, reliable, accurate and extremely efficient approach to bring just-in-time actionable geo-spatial information to the desks of decision makers such as engineers, environmentalists and farmers.

Getting approval to conduct the flights over a suitable site on University property proved to be a frustrating exercise. So we decided to turn to the private sector for a more practical and timely solution and promptly received spontaneous approval from Mr. and Mrs. Larry Rogers, the owners of Rogers Farm. They kindly allowed us to conduct the field exercise on and over their land some 10 miles out of town.

Mr. Larry Rogers of Rogers Farm and Oliver Volkmann of drone2GIS Inc.

Mr. Larry Rogers of Rogers Farm and Oliver Volkmann of drone2GIS Inc.

For this exercise it was decided to use ground control points (GCPs) for accurate geo-referencing of the models and maps produced from aerial images using the professional version of the Structure from Motion (SfM) Photoscan program.

Dr. Barnes using the V-Map System to accurately survey ground control points (GCPs)

Dr. Barnes using the V-Map System to accurately survey ground control points (GCPs)

The images were acquired with our customized mapping copter, the MAP-M4, designed, assembled, configured and tuned by our sister company Micro Aerial Projects L.L.C. (www.microaerialprojects.com).

The students used a copy of the aerial images to produce project posters illustrating various facets of high resolution drone mapping. We ourselves will be using these high resolution images to investigate the use of the imagery to estimate strawberry yields.

Geomatics Students observing the action

Geomatics Students observing the action

Looking at the “hot of the press” aerial images for initial quality control

Looking at the “hot of the press” aerial images for initial quality control

Strawberry Fields from the air…

Strawberry Fields from the air…

GSD 8mm

GSD 8mm 

To return the favor of letting us fly over their property we produced a 3D model of a corn field maze which Rogers Farm annually prepares for their Octoberfest each year. So please do not be tempted to do the maze virtually – rather consult http://rogersfarm.webplus.net/page10.html and get some fresh air by visiting Rogers Farm during their Octoberfest from October 3rd through November 1st 2015.

Rogers Farm Corn Maze 2015

Rogers Farm Corn Maze 2015

drone2GIS UAS Mapping Revolution

The Mapping Revolution – Bringing the real world, to your desk!

drone2GIS Inc. is currently at the 60th Annual General Meeting of the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society (FSMS) in Naples Florida showcasing the revolutionary mapping capabilities of small unmanned aerial systems (drones) and Structure from Motion (SfM) processing software. With over 63 combined years of experience in general surveying, mapping and GIS as well as a combined 10 years of experience using UAVs for mapping, drone2GIS is your choice for high quality geospatial products.

In addition to showcasing our services, we are representing Micro Aerial Projects L.L.C. distributorship of the V-map System as well as the Bateleur Fixed Wing mapping UAV from Aeromapix.  If you are in the area, feel free to come visit us at Booth 3 at the Naples Grande Beach Resort and Convention Center today, July 30th 2015 from 3PM and all day on July 31th 2015. If you are unable to swing by to talk about our services and these fantastic products, feel free to contact us anytime! For a glimpse of our body of work, take a look at the following video:
 

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Open for Business

Open for Business!

Welcome to the new geospatial company on the block! Our experienced and highly qualified team is ready to bring you new and modern geospatial products. So whether you are a farmer, an earthworks contractor, a construction company, a mining operation, a utility company, a landscape or urban planner, an urban designer, a land developer, an architect, a civil or environmental engineer, a geologist, a forester, or an academic, contact us for your geospatial requirements.

Drone2GIS, when it has to be more than just maps!

The video below shows an example of our work in an agricultural setting: