Drones have become one of the cool new things when it comes to videography and taking aerial images. If you are not sure what a drone is, a drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle that does not have a pilot on board. In geography, drones are used to capture aerial images that can be used to create to scale 3D models.
I have worked on two projects where I used drone images to create 3D models. The first model was of my universities football stadium. This project was for a class project where we looked at places on campus that we thought were interesting and created a 3D model of that area. This 3D model used about 213 images to produce. Below is the 3D model that I created from using the aerial images from the drone.
The second project was a project where I compared a building on my campus that is currently being built to the projected outcome that Metcon has made. I used the drone to fly over West Hall and it captured about 173 images to be able to create this model. The model is very similar to what to projected outcome is set to be. Below is the 3D model that I produced.
I captured all of these images using the Mavic 2 Pro which was provided by one of my professors on campus. To be able to fly on my campus you must fill out paper work and give the university a two weeks head up before and you must get approved for the dates that you have picked. I really enjoy flying drones and hopefully one day I will be certified to fly by myself.