Workshop modules

The UAS Operations & Analytics workshop consists of nine modules covering everything from UAS basics to advanced imagery processing. We will provide sample data, software and workstations. Participants are also welcome to bring their own laptop and data.

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Materials for each module will be provided to workshop participants.

Module 1: Before you buy

• What is a UAS? What can a UAS do? Why do I need a drone?
(intro to UAS – types, descriptions, uses; navigating payloads and sensors)
• How do I choose a drone?
(drone buying guide – types, factors, limitations)
• Presentation of the systems
(fixed wing vs. rotary wing)

Module 2: Before you fly

• Can I fly my drone?
(rules, regulations)
• Do I need a certificate? If so, how do I obtain one?

Module 3: Preparing a flight mission

• How do I fly to obtain the data I need?
(photogrammetric process – main concepts)
• How do I plan a flight?
(software options, instructions, practice)
• Where and when can I fly?
(weather and terrain conditions)
• How do I fly safely?
(check lists and best practices)

Module 4: Flight mission

• Site evaluation
• Risk assessment
• UAS pre-flight
• UAS operations
• Post-flight

Module 5: UAS data

• I’ve successfully completed a flight – now what?
(intro to UAS data)
• Why do I need to process the pictures?
(basics of spatial data and aerial photogrammetry)

Module 6: Imagery processing

• What are my options for data processing?
(options, environments, constraints)
•Setting the processing workstations and data
(Agisoft PhotoScan installer)

Module 7: Imagery processing – Practice session

• Introduction to Agisoft software
• Processing step-by-step
(Software, workstations and sample data will be provided, but you may also work with your own laptop and data.)

Module 8: Processing outputs

• Reading and analyzing the processing outputs
(GIS and visualization solutions)

Module 9: Resources

• Online resources, tips for solving future UAS issues, Q&A