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Mapping Boot Camp Series
If there is one vertical that clearly offers drone pilots the greatest future opportunity, it has to be photogrammetry.
Join us for one of our 2022 drone mapping classes to add photogrammetry & 3D modeling to your list of services offered.
Mapping Course Series
Are You Ready To Take Your Drone Mapping Skills To The Next Level?
Do Your 2020 Goals Include Learning To Map With Your Drone?
GENERAL CLASS SCHEDULE IS AS FOLLOWS:
Monday
(OPTIONAL)
We begin on Monday morning at 9:00 AM for those students who've registered for the optional Flight Mastery class. We'll go through around 4:30 PM with a break for lunch.
Tuesday
Class on Tuesday is 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM with an introduction to mapping followed by a mixer with other students and instructors. 
Wednesday
Wednesday class is 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, students are in the field flying and covering equipment management as well as acquisition strategies.
Thursday
Class on Thursday is 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM Students are in the classroom learning to process the data acquired, as well as discuss best practices from a business standpoint and a full session on Deliverables.
See all of our boot camp locations below
GENERAL CLASS SCHEDULE IS AS FOLLOWS:
Thursday
(OPTIONAL)
We begin on Thursday morning at 9:00 AM for those students who've registered for the optional Flight Mastery class. We'll go through around 4:30 PM with a break for lunch.
Friday
Class starts Friday at 12:00 PM with an introduction to mapping followed by a mixer with other students and instructors. 
Saturday
Saturday, students are in the field flying and covering equipment management as well as acquisition strategies.
Sunday
Sunday, students are in the classroom learning to process the data acquired on Saturday, as well as discuss best practices from a business standpoint.
Monday (OPTIONAL) - Flight Mastery Training 
Gain Confidence & Earn Educational Discounts on your UAV insurance
Spend the day with Drone U instructors sequential flight exercises to test and train on unique nuances of flight operations. Each operational exercises develops a unique piece of knowledge for drone pilots. Overcome obstacles and gain confidence by pushing yourself through the Drone U obstacle course.

Pilots will be tested on the obstacle course for the potential to earn an educational discount on their UAV insurance policy. 
Reasons to Attend:
  • Overcome your fear and nervousness so you can unlock your true potential
  • Learn the rules of take off and landings to avoid problems in the field
  • ​Learn tips and tricks from experienced pilots that will help you avoid and deal with emergencies in the field
  • ​Master natural flight movements for better videography
  • ​Learn the settings for smooth flight controls and camera controls
  • ​Experience emergency flight maneuvers to overcome inevitable emotional hurdles
  • ​Master Attitude mode for smooth video and avoiding flyaway's
  • ​Master orientation loss and solutions
  • ​Enjoy the Opportunity to challenge yourself in a safe environment
  • ​Earn educational insurance rates of up to 15% on your Drone Insurance: The ONLY DRONE Training that literally pays for itself in time!  
Tuesday
Photogrammetry 101: History, Point Cloud Construction, Where to use Photogrammetry at Work!
  • The History of Photogrammetry
  • Typical Deliverables for Photogrammetry: Why use photogrammetry
  • ​Photogrammetry vs. Lidar
  • Georeferencing
  • ​Practical exercises to demonstrate initial workflow
  • ​Ground Control Point Distribution, Creation and Implementation
  • ​Orthomosaic Construction & Editing 
  • ​Acquisition Strategies, What are the optimum conditions for drone mapping? Weather, sensor type and altitude
  • ​Multi-Rotors Vs. Fixed Wing Acquisition Methods
  • ​Point Cloud Construction
  • ​Orthomosaic Delivery and Additional Orthomosaic Construction Options (Pix4D React)
Resources Provided: 
  • ​Workflow Guide
  • ​Flight Acquisition Guide
  • ​Common App Glitches Guide
  • ​Pre-Flight Checklist
  • ​3 Additional Forms. (We don't want the competition to get a hold of this stuff)
Wednesday
Image Acquisition via Practical Flight Missions
 - Students are in the field, flying their drone and learning acquisition strategies and techniques

Flight Mission 1: Learn how to use multiple acquisition apps and setups to access the utilization of terrain awareness. Use Pix4D Capture and Map Pilot to acquire images with a basic method to ensure facade data capture. 

Flight Mission 2: Learn how to use Orbital Data Capture Method formulas to fill in holes of models and create the most life like models for historical preservation, interactive marketing, video game environment modeling, or VFX modeling.
Flight Mission 3: Learn how to use manual flight capture methods to create models the competition won't be able to replicate.
  • Bonus: If desired, students will learn how to "pull" ground control points with various RTK GPS Units.
Thursday
Advanced Processing, GCP Challenge, Merging Models and Advanced Exports
- Students are back in the classroom processing an additional 4 datasets with example data while diving into the following:
  • Learn how to accurately merge models and learn when it is necessary to do so
  • Point Cloud Editing using 4 unique methods taught only by Drone U. (Magic of Beautiful Models)
  • ​Learn how to scale maps using Scale Constraints when GCP's are available
  • ​Learn the intricacies of Ground Control Point (GCP) GPS: RTK vs. PPK vs PPP. Whats the difference?
  • ​Accuracy Challenge with example data to test student retention
  • ​How to create polylines and obtain linear measurements
  • ​Advanced 3D Textured Mesh Construction and Visualization
Thursday Afternoon: Deliverables Class
Comprehending, Creating & Selling your Deliverables
Learn how to create reports in 3rd Party applications for delivering data products to various clients. The class will include Drone Deploy Instruction in addition to the following: 
  • Learn how to deliver models to your clients via Sketchfab, Google Poly, UnearthLabs or Drone Deploy
  • ​Learn how to obtain volumetric measurements in Pix4D and other applications. 
  • ​Learn how to export .shp files and geoTIFF standard for TIFF files.
  • Learn how to export .dxf files. 
  • ​Advanced Point Cloud Construction Techniques & Advanced Processing Templates 
  • ​Drone Deploy Instruction on Large-Volume Orthomosaic 
  • ​Drone Deploy Instruction on Cyclical Volumetric Measurements
  • ​Cut and Fill Calculations & Cut and Fill Over time
  • ​Orthomosaic, DSM and As-Built "Layering." 
Important Note about "Training & Location Options"
The descriptions noted above apply to our traditional 3 day mapping classes.
Included below are two special classes, the Accident Scene Reconstruction Training and our Business Mastery Class - each will have a schedule unique to their specific programs.  You can learn more about each by clicking the "Learn More & Register" button for each such class.
Albuquerque, NM
The deadline for registering is March 06, 2022
  • March 08 - 11, 2022
  • ​​Drone U HQ
Optional day of Flight Mastery training on March 8th
Denver Area, CO
The deadline for registering is August 20, 2022
  • August 29 - September 01, 2022
  • ​​Longmont, CO
Optional day of Flight Mastery training on August 29th
Denver Area, CO
The deadline for registering is September 18, 2022
  • September 26 - 29, 2022
  • ​​Longmont, CO
Optional day of Flight Mastery training on September 26th
Denver Area, CO
The deadline for registering is October 24, 2022
  • October 31 - November 03, 2022
  • ​​Longmont, CO
Optional day of Flight Mastery training on October 31st
Denver Area, CO
The deadline for registering is November 28, 2022
  • December 05 - 10, 2022
  • ​​Longmont, CO
Optional day of Flight Mastery training on December 5th
Students Are Expected to bring a Drone for this class. If you don't have your own drone, we recommend renting one from someone like lensrentals.com.
Drones we Recommend are as follows:
Phantom 4 Advanced
Phantom 4 Pro
Inspire 2
Let us know if you have a different UAV you'd like to use. 
TESTIMONIALS
Derrick Supan
These guys seriously exceeded my expectations. Thank you Paul, PJ and Matt.You guys seriously ROCK!! You guys truly love and enjoy what you do and it shows. Now I can't wait to take another course. Don't get me wrong the guys I meet in the course are super awesome as well. Learned so much in two days. 
Todd Campbell
I will echo Derrick's comments and say that this was a great course. All the instructors were very patient with everybody and always made time to answer my questions. Paul Alexander you have a real heart for students to actually learn and succeed, very rare commodity today. PJ and Matt were exceptionally knowledgeable, and very professional - my sincere thanks to all of you for helping me take my skill set to the next level.
Eric
Just completed the Flight Mastery Course on the front end of the Public Safety and Accident Scene Reconstruction Course at the NTSB. Wow! I thought I was a good pilot, but the training maneuvers really humbled me. This was the most challenging and worthwhile drone training I have ever received. I look forward to viewing other offerings by Drone U.
Carlota
David
Desi
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Don't wait!
If you've been wanting to go deeper with mapping and
learn what you need to know to offer mapping services, this is your class.
Mapping IS going to be a significant factor in the drone industry for years to come.
Stay ahead of your competition by attending this class and improving your mapping skills!

Make 2022 the year your UAV business takes off!

Have questions? Email us at info@thedroneu.com