2018 GSA Rocky Mountain and Cordilleran Section UAV Short Courses

Venue: GSA Joint Sectional Meeting: Rocky Mountain and Cordilleran, Flagstaff, AZ. May 14th, 2018

Instructors: Arthur Sylvester, Chelsea Scott, Nicolas Barth, Marc Mayes

Overview: Prospective UAV Users for Geologic Purposes: Brief presentation of examples of what people are doing with drones in geology. An overview of what products are available, FAA regulations, and a flight demonstration. UAV Geologic Applications: This will be a “hands on” laboratory by 3–4 people demonstrating use of software applications for map making, photogrammetry, sampling, lidar.

Software: Please plan to download and install the following software packages before you arrive. CloudCompare: An open source 3D point cloud and mesh processing software. Downloads for Windows, Mac OSX, Linux. Agisoft PhotoScan: Commercial structure from motion photogrammetry software, demo/trial version will be used in the course. Installers for Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux available.

AGENDA How to Get Airborne:

    9:00am - 9:30am -- Types of UAS, History, Regulations (FAA, Public Lands, Permitting, Insurance) (Sylvester)

    9:30am - 10:00am -- Part 107 License Knowledge + hands-on examples, FAA Airspace (Mayes - hands on map-based exercise)

    10:00am - 10:10am -- Break

    10:10am - 10:40am -- Overseas, Apps & Online Resources (Barth)

    Summary: Best Practice & Safety Considerations (Sylvester)

    10:45am - 1:30 pm -- UAS demonstrations at Iris Tank (Barth)

UAV Geologic Applications:

Other Content:

- Considerations for building SfM processing machines - Structure from Motion from video - prompt 3D mapping of the earthquake-triggered lansdlide in Minami-Aso, Kumamoto, Japan - GETSI Analyzing High Resolution Topography with TLS and SfM module. Specifically, Unit 1-SfM: Introduction to SfM. - Sketchfab - browser-based environment for 3D model sharing and visualization. - UNAVCO Agisoft Photoscan guide - http://www.vrgeoscience.com/ - "Virtual Reality Geological Studio (VRGS) is a 3D data visualisation and interpretation software tool for field based geology and geophysics, as well as for geoscientists working with 3D digital outcrop models (DOM)" - Compass plugin for CloudCompare - "Compass is a structural geology toolbox for the interpretation and analysis of virtual outcrop models."