Drones are now becoming mature technology for data collection in agriculture, natural resources management, mining, facilities management, emergency response, and other fields. Working with drone data, however, is a non-trivial affair because it requires a special suite of knowledge and skills related to remote sensing, photogrammetry, spatial data management, spatial analysis, mapping, specialized equipment, and regulatory considerations. This introductory 4-hour workshop will provide an overview of drone technology and practical considerations for its applications, followed by a hands-on exercise for processing, analyzing and visualizing drone data in both 2D and 3D. Participants are expected to bring a Windows/PC laptop computer to the workshop with recent versions of Pix4D Mapper and ArcGIS software applications installed (information for downloading and installing these applications will be e-mailed the week preceding the workshop). This is an introductory workshop. Basic experience with GIS, remote sensing, and/or drone technology will be useful, but is not required.
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