Buzzing about the UAS Track

The 2021 Annual Conference is right around the corner and there is a lot of great content in our UAS track.  This still evolving and emerging technology is being used in many different ways and for many different purposes.  I think this track will inspire you to investigate this technology further if you haven’t already.  If you are already collecting data via UAS, I believe that you will be able to contemplate and consider a wider scope and purpose for your equipment and its data collection.  I will let the following condensed presentation abstracts create their own buzz.

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To lead off our afternoon UAS Track, Matt Vinopal of Ayres, will examine practical methods for using airborne Lidar and imagery data for GIS and mapping professionals. This includes background information on Lidar technology, best practices for use, and expected accuracies. In addition this presentation will compare three approaches for surveying and mapping site specific projects. Lidar and Imagery collected from UAS will be compared and contrasted to other aerial platforms, and Matt will distinguish between Lidar and photogrammetry while discussing the most appropriate approach to various project types. Expected accuracies and best practices for generating and using elevation datasets and planimetrics will be covered as well.

Following Matt, will be Dick Kleinmann, also of Ayres, who will share how the benefits of UAS Lidar technology can be realized if you accept real-world challenges. Ayres conducted a UAS Lidar pilot project using State Transportation Innovation Council grant funding. The test flights involved urban, suburban and rural roadway cross sections along STH 60 in Jackson, WI located in WisDOT’s Southeast Region. The focus of the project was to determine what level of accuracy can be achieved using Lidar sensors on a UAS platform in a challenging environment.

Next, Drew Baustian of MicaSense, Inc., will provide an introduction to multispectral imagery, cover specifics on the steps of collecting and processing drone-based multispectral imagery and present examples of how such data is used for land management.

We will wrap up the UAS Track with Gene Robinson of Loc8, LLC, discussing Loc8.Life, a patent pending image scanning technology that analyzes the individual pixels in any JPEG formatted digital image by searching for color(s) that match a user-defined color palette. Once the defined pixel color(s) are detected in the scanned images, Loc8 reports the latitude, longitude, and altitude of the location of the detected item(s). Loc8 was initially developed to quickly and effectively scan digital images (still and video, RGB or thermal) collected during search and rescue (SAR) missions to look for missing persons or objects.

I could drone on about our UAS track forever, but you’ll have to sign up for our conference and check it out for yourself to learn more! The UAS Track sessions will be presented in the afternoon on Thursday, February 18th.

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Session TitlePresenterTime
UAS Lidar/Imagery Collection for the GIS/Mapping ProfessionalMatt Vinopal, Ayres1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
UAS Lidar Pilot Project, Southeastern WisconsinRichard Kleinmann, Ayres1:45 pm – 2:30 pm
Using Drone-Based Multispectral Imaging for Land ManagementDrew Baustian, MicaSense2:30 pm – 3:15 pm
Introduction to Loc8.Life, a Patent-Pending Image Analysis Software SuiteGene Robinson, Loc83:15 pm – 4:00 pm
2021 Annual Conference Preliminary Program

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