Things to consider when hiring a drone/UAV pilot.

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Hiring a drone/UAV pilot. Hiring a drone or UAV pilot can be a time consuming, and confusing experience. Further confusion may have been generated by the ‘Drone and Pilot Registration’ regulations introduced in the UK by the CAA in November 2019.Here we have a brief run down of what to loo for when you need to hire someone for a professional drone job. Is a drone the best tool for the job?Although drones can provide fantastic results when used professionally, … Read More

OpenDroneMap on CentOS 7

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Installing a Low Cost (or No Cost) Drone mapping solution on CentOS 7 Linux. Drone mapping and 3D modelling solutions range from free or very reasonable cost, to very high end solutions, with a price tag to match! Here we’re going to install a free, open source application, onto a free Operating System. Having previously installed, and utilised OpenDroneMap on a Mint 18 Linux Laptop and Workstation, as well as a Windows 10 Desktop, we took the opportunity, when rebuilding … Read More

Aerial 3D Photogrammetry without a drone or UAV.

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How on earth could we produce a 3D model, where drones are not allowed? When researching a route to a training establishment for a recent QGIS training course, we were intrigued to see a ‘pin’ on Google Maps for a something called ‘Arthur’s Stone’, which appeared to be a small neolithic burial chamber, overlooking the ‘Golden Valley’ in Herefordshire. We immediately wondered just how this would look as a 3D model! Investigating the site further, it became clear that it … Read More

A 3D ‘model’ of the Treasury in Petra (without even visiting!)

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Never having been to Petra, and not really being able to visit any time soon, I was inspired by a post on packet39.com where they created a 3d ‘model’ of the Treasury building there. I thought I’d give it a try. But instead of using commercial software to generate the point cloud and mesh, I thought I’d give it a go with COLMAP, using this excellent tutorial over at sketchfab. So I downloaded 100 or so images of the Treasury … Read More

Hopton Castle – an aerial video.

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Drones, or UAVs are tools that can provide a lot of data, here we produced a small colourised height map of the immediate area for a castle ruin in Shopshire, as well as a short video. The impressive ruins of Hopton Castle lie to the west of the town of Craven Arms in South Shropshire. It was subject to a siege in 1644, and left in a state of ruin from at least the 18th century. However, in 2007, work … Read More

A video of Flounders Folly

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A short video we produced from one of our drones, featuring Flounders Folly, a 19th century folly overlooking Corvedale. On top of Callow Hill, in South Shropshire, just to the East of Craven Arms, stands Flounders Folly. Built in 1838, it was restored in 2004. At 16 feet square, and 80 feet high, it is a landmark for miles around.After gaining permission from the Founders Folly Trust, we took the opportunity of a break in the freezing January weather to … Read More

Drone mapping of abandoned quarry workings

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On Titterstone Clee Hill, just outside of Ludlow in Shropshire, there are some old, long abandoned quarry workings, ripe for an example of drone mapping. Using a Mavic pro drone, and Maps Made Easy, a pre-planned UAV flight was designed and flown. In all, 80 photos were taken and stitched together. The resulting images, once submitted to Maps Made Easy, were then used to generate a small 3D model of the area. The resulting images that were stitched together, are … Read More