The Big Picture: Geologic and Environmental Applications of Drones (420 mins.)

  • May 15, 2020
  • 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Regional Learning Alliance, 850 Cranberry Woods Drive, Cranberry Township., PA
  • 25


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Regional Learning Alliance
850 Cranberry Woods Drive    DIRECTIONS
Cranberry Twp., PA

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7:30 Registration Opens

8:00 - 5:00 Seminar, with breaks/lunch provided.

Prior drone flight experience is suggested, but not required.  Attendees may consider purchasing an inexpensive (less than $50) microdrone to fly before this course.

Agenda/Instructor Bios:  Coming Soon.


  • Martin Helmke, PhD, P.G., West Chester University of Pennsylvania
  • Daniel Bochicchio, GIT, Groundwater and Environmental Services, Inc.

Course Description:
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS, or drones) have rapidly become a new tool for the Professional Geologist and Environmental Professional involved in site investigations and resource studies.  In addition to providing a big picture view of a project site, drone imagery and 3-dimensional photogrammetry can be used to document site environmental conditions, evaluate structural geology, conduct fracture trace analysis, monitor sinkholes and subsidence, record mass movement, delineate wetlands, and find paleontological specimens.  Drones equipped with scientific instruments such as telephoto lenses, thermal cameras, multispectral imagers, geophysical devices, and chemical sensors are capable of taking precise scientific measurements in locations inaccessible by traditional methods.  This course will discuss case studies where drones have been used to support or advance typical investigative and study approaches, demonstrate aerial photographic techniques, and apply photogrammetry for reliable project mapping and modeling.  The course will also cover federal drone regulations, privacy issues, and industry best practices.  Attendees will receive hands-on training using provided, commercially-available aircraft.  Flight training may be modified due to weather conditions.

Intended Outcomes:
Attendees completing this course will understand many ways drone technologies may be used for geologic analysis and environmental investigations.  A thorough review of the scientific application of drones, including drone hardware, aerial cameras and instrumentation, flight techniques, and image processing will be provided through hands-on exercises.  This course will prepare attendees to make an informed decision about the proper application and limitations of drones for current and future projects.

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