So your organisation has decided it is time to purchase a drone. Drones are now at a price point where the return on investment is such that an organisation can purchase its own drone, invest in a pilot’s license and have imagery turned around at high resolution for small areas of interest in very short time frames. For many organisations a drone is an ideal supplement for the regular aerial imagery. It provides a mechanism to “see” changes almost as they happen.
At the end of September 2016, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) regulations around drones will be further relaxed. Where essentially, organisations will be able to fly drones under 2kg without the requirement to have an RPA Operators Certificate (ReOC). See the announcement for more details.
An example of such a drone is Esri partner – 3DR – Solo quadcopter. When teamed with a Sony high resolution camera, it provides an ideal solution for those who need to capture imagery and elevation data that supplements their regular aerial surveys.
Esri recently released Drone2Map for ArcGIS. An application designed to take advantage of this new imagery from any platform and turn around usable information products for the whole organisation within a day of capture. As a minimum requirement, Drone2Map simply needs the imagery to be georegistered for X,Y,Z and it will do the rest for you.
Working with 3DR, a leading provider of drone technology, Esri Australia will be running a series of webinars that will highlight the ROI of a drone and how you can make use of the resultant information products.
- On Wednesday 21st of September we will introduce the advantages to using drone imagery. Designed for senior level management we will be highlighting some of the key uses for drones, the new CASA laws for flying a drone, followed by what information products can be developed from the imagery and how your business can take advantage of these products.
- On 13 October, Esri Australia will host Jack Dangermond, founder of Esri Inc. at the Sydney Opera house. At ‘An Afternoon with Jack’, further details of the capabilities of Drone2Map for ArcGIS will be highlighted and some of inner workings explained
- This will then be followed up by a second webinar on Tuesday the 25th of October, for the GIS practitioner and consumer of the information products. We will take a more detailed look at drone flight management and how the outputs form Drone2Map for ArcGIS can be consumed via other applications and be made into useful information products for the whole organisation.
Over the series of discussions, you should learn how drone imagery can be used throughout your organisation, supplement your existing workflows and provide real cost savings to your day to day business. You can register to attend the webinars or An Afternoon with Jack here.