Open the classroom window for... DRONES!
Drones have recently moved from the battlefields to our backyards. Their use is exploding across the U.S. and the rest of the world. Engineers, photographers, journalists, surveyors, researchers and… Amazon, all speak with one voice: drones are here to stay. How does the open source software handle this attack? Can they win the battle with the proprietary solutions for geoprocessing the data from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles? We faced the problem designing innovative graduate level course “Spatiotemporal Analysis with UAV and LiDAR Data” at NC State. In this talk we will present our findings and the results of the processing combining proprietary and open source photogrammetric and GIS solutions. Turning photo imagery into very high resolution digital terrain models (couple cm/pix) gave us opportunity took the investigation various spatial phenomena on a new level. What challenges needed to be overcame for the open source to reach this level? We take our data to OpenDroneMap and Grass GIS, but why do we use proprietary software in some stages of the processing? Those are only some of the problems that we will tackle in this talk.