Join Drone U for an
 Drone Mapping Bootcamp with Crash Reconstruction Training at the
 NTSB Training academy
  • Date: September 24th - 27th, 2019 - Accident Scene Mapping Training
  • ​September 23rd - Optional Flight Mastery Training
Accident Reconstruction Using Drones
Acquisition Strategy and Processing with Pix4D
  • ​During this 4-day Hands-on  Drone Mapping training, students will learn the intricacies of photogrammetry processing, but also fly practical flight missions that simulate accident scenes and crash sites at the NTSB Training Academy. These advanced image acquisition exercises will allow pilots to hone their flight skills and photogrammetry skills, while learning the intricacies of processing accident scenes using Pix4D. 
  • ​Crash Scene Reconstruction mapping poses many problems for even the most experienced drone pilots familiar with photogrammetry. Accident reconstruction is generally a high-pressure environment and must be completely correctly the first time and without failure due to the nature of the situation.  In addition, pilots flying these missions often face various obstacles  and dangers such as reflective surfaces and potentially the need to bypass terrestrial imagery. 
  • This training is similar to our Drone Mapping Bootcamp but adds an additional day to cover: 
  • ​Practical Flight Acquisition Missions on complex cylindrical objects
  • ​Practical Flight Mission for Search & Rescue Mapping
  • ​SAR Autonomous Search Software Instruction 
  • ​Process crash scene data with NTSB Investigator 
  • ​This unique training will allow students to map in the NTSB’s “boneyard,” of plane crashes from around the country.
    Four Days of  Drone Mapping Training:
    • Day 1:  Photogrammetry 101, Processing, Optimal Acquisition Techniques and strategies for efficient workflow. 
    • ​Acquisition Strategies for Dirty, Difficult and Dangerous Operations. 
    • History of Photogrammetry
    • ​Geo referencing  
    • ​Ground Control Point Distribution, Creation and Implementation
    • ​Orthomosaic Construction & Editing 
    • ​GIS 101: Datums, Projections, Coordinate Systems 
    • Day 2: Practical Flight Missions 
    • ​Plane Crash Mission
    • ​Advanced Modeling of Jet Crash
    • ​Car Crash Mapping 
    • ​SAR Mapping 
    • Day 3: Advanced Processing Techniques and Delivery 
    • ​After practical flight missions, students learn when to merge models and when to process together. Students learn the nuances of MTP creation and distribution to streamline point cloud creation
    • ​Learn Point Cloud Editing using 4 unique methods taught only by Drone U. These are the techniques that will allow you to wow your clients with stunningly appealing models. 
    • ​Scale Constraints, when to use them and why they're a great backup
    • ​Ground Control Point Targets and GPS (RTK or PPK?)
    • ​Learn how to create poly lines and obtain linear measurements. 
    • ​Learn how to obtain volumetric measurements in Pix4D and other deliverable solutions. 
    • ​Learn how to export .shp files and geoTIFF standard for TIFF files.
    • ​Learn how to export crash scenes into commonly used industry software and detail how crashes are delivered
    • ​Learn how to export models via multiple delivery methods. 
    • Day 4: Acquisition and SAR Processing
    • ​Students will have an additional mission to map, ensuring the students retention of workflow procedures and nuances
    • ​Students will return to the classroom after lunch to learn how to process images to automatically search for missing persons, subjects or vehicles. 
    More Information and What to Expect to Learn
    The first day of processing will focus on providing and practicing workflows to take images captured from a camera on a drone or terrestrial camera to create 3d models and 2d maps.  We will set the stage in the lecture through developing an understanding of what the software is producing in the background, further demystifying the science of photogrammetry.
    When students learn how photogrammetry works, it helps them problem solve in the field. Learning the right acquisition strategy for the right data product is key, students will learn exactly how to handle unique mapping situations. 
    Students will then apply processing concepts learned in lecture by processing vehicular collision examples within the software, processing projects, importing ground control points and exporting data products.
    On Acquisition Day, students will travel between the NTSB “boneyard,” and the training grounds on George Washington University’s campus. Using real world challenges, students will be presented with obstacles outside of just flying drones and mapping. 

    Exercise #1: Students will recreate a crashed general aviation plane and showcase the important findings of the crash site.  Students will be using RTK D-GPS to correct the data and learn how to accurately recreate the crash scene. 

    Exercise #2: Map a search scene littered with false positives and potential humans. Students will learn how to map this area, how to create plans to map larger areas to find people and how to process imagery to be scanned by Loc8 software to autonomously search for human life. 

    Exercise #3: Map a jet crashed into a building (simulated). Cover the area, map with aerial imagery and terrestrial imagery and document the flight path with video. Students will learn concepts to ensure redundancy in image acquisition and learn how to accurately map this crash. 

    Additional Exercises: Thermal SAR, Helicopter Mapping and More (see below) 
    The third day will focus on processing datasets captured the previous day, maximizing our time within the software and limiting lecture time. 

    Using the data sets captured the previous day, and the concepts we learned on Day 1, we will process, edit and export these data products. In addition, we will use these datasets to expand on topics such as merging projects, understanding the Pix4D quality report, and navigating the Pix4D Processing Options and Deliverables. 

    ● Processing Imagery to create a point cloud
    ● Understand Accuracy and Reports of Point Clouds
    The fourth day will include additional practical exercises that are specific to first responders and investigators.  Students will be tasked with multiple missions that will challenge their ability to create accurate maps of car accidents. 

    The second half of the day will cover how to process imagery for Search and Rescue Missions.
    How can you find people through images autonomously? 
    How can agencies use this information to aid in SAR missions?

    These new missions will add significant value to LEO's as they will use their previous training to prove their ability to systematically follow the workflow for each mission. 

    Search and Rescue
     - With Photography (Posting Missing 24+ Hours) 

    Join us for a participants only Meet-Up:
    • Date: Wednesday, September 25th, 2019
    • Time: 5:30PM

    Hope to see you there!
    • ​Drone U will provide instructional guides (FORMS) for each mapping mission to provide step by step instructions to help students map each area. Students will also be provided with instructions to accurately calibrate their drones and prepare for the mapping acquisition.
    Student Requirements:
    • ​Each student must bring their own UAV
    • ​Each student must bring a Windows based computer (recommended specs located HERE)
    Optional Flight Mastery Class - Monday, September 23, 2019

    Additional Drone U Flying Training:
    Not confident in your flying skills?

    Drone U will host an additional day of training and host the Flight Mastery Course, which is based on our obstacle course built from 12 exercises designed to help students build confidence in their ability to fly and make educated decisions in flight. This course will focus on individual flight movements that aid in the development of a firm foundation of flight knowledge and experience.
    • ​Rules of take off and landing.
    • ​Eliminating Interference.
    • ​Flying in Attitude Mode.
    • ​Emergency Maneuvers in Flight.
    • ​Proximity Flight.
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