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Introduction to Drone Aerial imaging for Mapping, Survey and Photogrammetry.

My personal review of the Introduction to drone aerial imaging for mapping course held by ThinkWhere and presented by Andy Carman.

Introduction to Drone Aerial imaging for Mapping, Survey and Photogrammetry.
Overall Ranking: 10/10
Price: £595
Owner: Andy Carman
Websites: www.Arcaerialimaging.com & www.Thinkwhere.com

INTRODUCTION 

If you are considering adding various services to compliment your drone operations aerial mapping is probably very high on your list. I was in the same situation and discovered Andy’s course its one I would highly recommend the valuable experience I gained over the 2 days is second to none. I personally found you can teach yourself so much from the internet, and attending various webinars but then I hit a bump in the road. This is where Andy comes in, as I found out what I had read and understood previously was fine but I didn’t have the basics entirely sussed therefore didn’t completely understand certain aspects therefore I didn’t entirely know what I could and couldn’t output for clients. Andy’s course pointed me in the right direction without even having to ask the questions I had at the ready. It is laid out in a nice systematic way and after the two day course was complete I now feel more confident than ever to approach clients and discuss the data they may need provided. I also know the limitations for what can and cannot be done with certain sensors(camera’s) in certain situations.

PROS

The major benefit in attending this course will not only allow you to verify the data you acquire confidently it will allow you to pass on your Newly gained knowledge to potential client and give you confidence to deliver a final product that will be more than satisfactory.

WHO IT IS FOR

This course is designed and suited for anyone with an interest in drone mapping and wants to further their knowledge.

TRAINING/TOOLS OVERVIEW

The training material is presented and delivered via PowerPoint with all slides given to you in a hardback manual, there is also very VERY handy information passed digitally(this you will have to go on the course to find out more about and worth its weight in gold. You can follow along and take notes and you keep the manual when completed.

The manual layout and the way it is presented flows well and is easy to follow.

You will complete and run through a complete example and working project to make sure you have grasped the concepts and what you would need to go on to do confidently,

SUPPORT

Both Andy and ThinkWhere where more than accommodating and helpful throughout the course providing adequate snacks and refreshments throughout. Andy provides access to his private facebook group after the course and its a great way to build your knowledge and ask and future questions you may have.

PRICE

I found the price to be very fair and thought I received great value for money. Andy was more than happy to answer an other questions I had after the class was finished for the day.

FINAL OPINION/VERDICT

One thing that become very apparent is drone inspections and mapping overlap, as I found out it all comes down to the sensor and a little bit of maths and with the right set up you can identify something as small as a fixing (screwhead), this may have a head less than 1cm. This is also critical when mapping and setting up your GCPS as you want to make sure you can identify the very centre of your marker again this will be tiny, not only that you want to make sure you can see the important points on the ground your client is interested in, like I mention before it’s all about some simple maths but it only became simple and clear once I had been on the ARC aerial image mapping course.

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Out with the old in with the New.

November, December and January.

So it’s been a busy end to 2018 and a very busy start to 2019, things are looking good for 2019 with lots of planning being put in place.

The end of 2018 was very interesting and a new joint venture is on the horizon which is great for futurephoto and drone operations more about that in the coming months.

With the weather being poor and the dark nights setting in this allowed me to focus on family over the festive period and get out with the DSLR for lots of much needed portrait practice. (Check out the gallery here)

Another big help and something I have found to be great fun is the free GuruShots this is a photography game running competitions for various categories, its helped a great deal to see if my pictures are liked by others. With options to swap your pictures throughout the competitions factored in you, its proved to me that some pictures I like, other people like different ones better. Highlighting everyone has different tastes. The algorithm within GuruShots claims to give each picture the same amount of exposure time weather the picture was added at the beginning or the end of the competition. I can recommend this app as not only has it helped me think more creatively because to help your pictures along the way and throughout the competition you are required to vote on other peoples pictures exposing you too the other creative photographers out there. Scoring points and competing in more and more competitions sees you climbing the ranks from newbie, rookie, challenger, advanced, veteran, expert, champion, master and finally reaching the tops stop of GURU.

Why not join the fun and have a shot for your self. “You have amazing photos! play with me on GuruShots.”

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July, August, September & October Update

futurephoto drone user magazine

Just writing the title of this post has made me realise how busy its been, time fly’s by when you’re having fun.

So July and August saw me have to contend with the school holidays as they were in full swing when I get back from offshore, these involved balancing Caravan holidays, entertaining my 3 kids while squeezing in golf and of course not forgetting drone flying time certainly was great. The weather has really come through this summer up here in the north-east of Scotland allowing me to get some 3D modelling practice with the drone and some fine HDR snaps have been the main objectives.  Along with making 3D models the various apps also allow you to create maps, to further understand this I have got myself booked on course to help create valuable data for potential clients. The course is provided by ARC Aerial Imaging and of course I will include a blog post all about it when I have attended mid November.

September involved Joining Drone Safe Register has been a great networking tool and helped get me a feature in drone user magazine which has been a huge step in the right direction for my self and my business Futurephoto. So please check out the online magazine which is free and available online. You can catch up on my featured case study here

futurephoto drone user magazine

October has seen me back in the office rather than living the offshore life, which is great home every night definitely has its benefits and allows me to work on improvements and services I am able to offer more clients, but it is now the end of October Halloween to be precise and the weather has certainly turned, dark nights, wind & rain will not make it easy to get out with the drone but I will be persistent this is when  having my night permissions will come in very handy. This next few months main aim will be to get out and capture some night shots.