Friday, March 27
9:AM to 5:00PM MST
Public Safety Drone Strategies for 
- Search and Rescue
- Disaster Response


           1. First Responders
           2. Drone operators 
           3. Emergency Personnel
           4. Disaster Management 
           5. Arson Investigators
           6. Event Planners
           7. Hotel & Resort Owners
           8. City Planning 
           9. Public Office personnel


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Learn practical strategies to use drones in SAR missions and Disaster Response. Master the workflow of multiple software systems to autonomously find people and create near-real time maps for situational awareness. This Real-World scenario based training was created to show what's plausible with drones, what you MUST do and what you should NOT do when using drones and related software for these missions.

Why participate in this online class?

From situational awareness to asset allocation planning, drones are a tool for public safety similar to the advent of the radio.

Drone utilization is only beginning to reach its prime and as more software becomes available, the list of opportunities to use drones continues  to grow at an exponential rate!

Students will learn how to deploy drones properly to autonomously search for missing persons and create highly detailed 2D maps or orthomosaics. Students will gain hands-on experience with each software to learn how to quickly, efficiently and effectively fly to gain the upper hand. 

This class has been created and designed to assist with providing standardized operations and strategies to effectively deploy drones in disaster zones or search missions.

The use of Drones in these situations can make these operations simpler, safer and much more effective through the use of related software and highly detailed 2D maps.

Imagine a vehicle ran off the side of the road, off a hill and the driver was ejected. Tall vegetation is making it nearly impossible to search the area on foot. You are deployed by incident command and take flight into the skies to conduct an autonomous pattern around the area. After landing the drone, the images are then inserted into a windows laptop, where the search engine begins to search the images for common clothing items. During the search process, the images are processed in Pix4D to create a fast 2D map, aka orthomosaic. Through autonomously finding the victims clothing, the location can be notated in the map. In Pix4D we can measure the distance to the subject and aid in navigation via GPS markers that are now layered on top of the 2D map. Quickly shared via PDF to command in order to deploy the team to recover the person. Result: Save time, Save lives.

Rapid construction of 2D Maps can provide benefits to event managers, wedding planners, hotels, lodging rentals (airbnb, etc.) and other properties by showcasing the lay of the land in detail. Learn how event hosts use these 2D Maps for navigational aids for concert goers and for emergency planning. These maps can even be used to help sell advertising space at the venue.

Drones are already making situational awareness much more simple and efficient when deployed strategically and correctly. It has never been easier to create aerial maps that aid in providing actionable intelligence to officers, emergency management and commanders to help with: 

  • ​Situational Awareness with Near-Real Time Updates available
  • ​Navigation & Logistics Planning
  • ​Damage Assessment & Volumetric Calculation
  • ​Resource Allocation planning

Managed properly and deployed systematically,  drones can help incident command with real time orthomosaics (stitched maps scaled to the earth). These maps help provide commanders with real time information to help logistically navigate roads with downed trees, power lines or other debris, and other potential obstacles.

Drone mapping will help commanders know which roads are flooded, which houses need a response and how to get there. 

We've broken this course into two unique sections that service different industry verticals: 


When hurricanes and other natural disasters strike, agencies rely on situational awareness to make educated decisions in order to properly assess asset allocation, navigation and assessment of the area. At the end of this class, a responder will have the information necessary to provide orthomosaic maps in urban environments or in areas without internet. They'll know how to share these maps on sneakernet, how to annotate them, what to annotate and how to take linear measurements that will increase the effectiveness of the mission.

Relief via Orthomosaic Construction will teach students how to use:

1. Pix4D React: students will learn how to process, export and share drone made orthomosaics.

2. Drone Deploy Live Map: when you're in a connected environment, scaling your relief efforts have never been easier with live map. 

Students will walk away with a firm understanding of the practical workflow to assist in situational awareness, logistics planning and response management by creating orthomosaics from aerial, or drone, imagery.


This webinar was created to educate first responders and drones pilots on the most effective methodologies and practical workflows to respond to Disasters or SAR missions.  This webinar will also include a basic introduction to Drone Mapping. 

Students will learn the basic systems of drone mapping to include:

1. The History of Photogrammetry
​2. Typical Deliverables for Photogrammetry: Why use photogrammetry
​3. Photogrammetry vs. Lidar
4. Point Cloud Construction Concepts
5. Image Acquisition Optimization 
6. Key Performance Indicators for Quality Mapping
7. Ground Sampling Distance Methodology
8. Image Acquisition Techniques & Applications

What you will need for the course:

1. Windows Based Laptop (i5 processor, Cuda Enabled GPU, 8 GB RAM,)
2. Method of Taking Notes

How many lives might you save after this class?

We may never know, but if you save 1... it was worth it. 

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Class Date and Time
Friday, March 27th, 9:am to 5:pm MST
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