UAVs for Mapping

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We’ve been working at Mansfield to develop a program using consumer grade UAVs for low-cost remote sensing and mapping applications.  Thus far, we have three levels of UAV platforms that we are using for research and educational purposes: three camera-equipped Blade 180 QXs for student learning and experimentation, one DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ for student research projects, and one Quadrocopter Cinestar 8 for student-faculty research collaboration.

We currently have an online repository on Google Drive storing the collected imagery to-date.  These are available for public, non-commercial use provided you cite the source of MU Geosciences.  Because of FAA regulations, commercial use of this imagery isn’t only against permission, it’s against federal law!

As these projects continue, more blog posts will appear here chronicling the progress.

If you’re a student who would like to get involved in using UAVs for mapping, contact student project leaders Wes Glowitz or Jonathan Bagg, or faculty adviser Andrew Shears.

 

Recent Blog Posts about UAVs for Mapping

  • Cemetery Project Update 2/15/2016 - Progress Update Since the last project update, I have been working on UAV Image processing for the imagery collected during the fall of 2015. Once the images are process I will be creating the high resolution base maps for each…
  • 3D Campus Map Project Proposal - This is a finalized project proposal presented at midterm for the 3D Campus Map project.    
  • Beginning the 3D Campus Map Project (Leister) - This past week was the beginning of our research into creating a 3D map of the Mansfield University Campus and was a time of learning and adjusting to the technology even though there were minor problems with the platforms. The beginning…
  • MU Geosciences at the 2015 Showcase of Scholarship - The Department of Geosciences at Mansfield University has an impressive eleven students presenting posters at this year’s campus Showcase of Scholarship!  The showcase, on Wednesday, April 22, 9am to 3pm in Alumni Hall, showcases research and other scholarly activity conducted during…
  • Why is a UAV How-To Manual Important? - Wesley Glowitz is a MU Geosciences student completing a research project as partial fulfillment of requirements for Spring 2015’s Research Lab course.  This blog post — on choosing a research topic — is part of the course’s first assignment and…
  • 3D Printing and Educational Technology - Jonathan Bagg is a MU Geosciences student completing a research project as partial fulfillment of requirements for Spring 2015’s Research Lab course.  This blog post — on choosing a research topic — is part of the course’s first assignment and should…
  • Geophysical Surveying of Cemeteries - Nathan Harpster is a MU Geosciences student completing a research project as partial fulfillment of requirements for Spring 2015’s Research Lab course.  This blog post — on choosing a research topic — is part of the course’s first assignment and should…
  • Problems with 3D Mapping Project - First problem came to me today. For this project I’m undertaking, I will need not only a stand to hold all the pieces for Tioga county, but for the projector as well. Using Google SketchUp, I created some blue prints for…
  • Our New GIST Curriculum - This is a brief presentation I gave to the Marcellus Resource Council of the Institute of Science and the Environment at Mansfield University.  It examines how our new Geographic Information Systems and Technology program will apply to industry, and outlines…
  • Drones and Society: A Presentation to the 2014 PA Digital Government Summit - On Friday, December 5, MU colleague Lee Stocks and I were honored to give an invited presentation to the 2014 Pennsylvania Digital Government Summit in Harrisburg. Here are the slides from that presentation. (Cross-posted to andrewshears.com)