Utilization of Consumer Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Land Management and Mapping
Level of Education of Students Involved
Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering
With the growing use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) (drones) in commercial and professional engineering markets, the consumer drone industry has gradually improved and now offers advanced capability at an affordable price. Offerings from a number of UAV manufacturers can be operated in high wind conditions, and along with their software counterparts, can provide aerial mapping, imaging and topographic information to the user. Acquiring this information, if accurate, is also more efficient than traditional surveying methods.This study collected photographic data using a small consumer drone and then processed this data using commercial mapping software to develop a topographic surface model. The accuracy of this model was then evaluated versus ground data acquired via conventional surveying methods. The efficiency of the data workflow using drones was also noted.
Asselstine, Daniel, "Utilization of Consumer Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Land Management and Mapping" (2023). Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). 1198.