Daniel Katz is co-founder of Aerotas, where he has helped hundreds of surveyors nationwide start surveying by drone with industry-leading accuracy. Daniel regularly speak at survey conference across the country, and is a regular contributor to Point of Beginning and state survey association magazines.
Part I: What it Takes to Collect Survey-Grade Data by Drone
Friday, January 11, 2019, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Getting pretty pictures by drone is easy, but getting consistent and high-accuracy survey data takes know-how. Aerotas has learned the hard way what it takes to get survey-grade accuracy by drone, from training hundreds of surveyors drone surveying and processed thousands of drone surveys. This seminar reveals the best practices Aerotas has learned for collecting survey-grade data by drone. Attendees will walk away with concrete lessons on how to determine the right drone for their business, how to choose the right projects to use a drone on -- including regulatory and business considerations -- and how to set up and complete a drone survey project, including mission planning, aerial targets, and flight parameters. The talk will include real-life case studies to make the lessons concrete, including the most common mistakes surveyors make when using drones. This seminar will be most valuable for field surveyors, crew chiefs, survey business decision makers, and those responsible for making equipment & procedures decisions for their organizations.
Part II: From Drone to Linework, or So You Have Thousands of Photos...Now What?
Friday, January 11, 2019, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Using a drone as a survey data collection tool leads to massive time savings in the field. However, if this field time savings comes at the cost of a large increase in office time, then the value is dramatically reduced. Using a drone as an effective survey tool requires being able to use the drone data to produce final survey linework, efficiently, accurately, and consistently. Aerotas has learned the hard way what it takes to efficiently process data into CAD linework, providing drone data processing on thousands of projects for hundreds of surveyors. In this seminar, Aerotas reveals best practices for getting from raw photos to final survey linework. Attendees will walk away with concrete lessons on workflow options for drone data processing, including tradeoffs for each step of the process from raw photos to 3D model to CAD linework to final survey. The talk will include real-life case studies to make the lessons concrete, including common mistakes and oversights. This seminar will be most valuable for CAD technicians, in-office surveyors, and survey business decision makers.