Course in Drone based Inventory, part 1.

The course aim is to provide students with knowledge how to conduct drone based image acquisition and forest inventory. An introduction will be given on drone systems and regulations as well as practical knowledge on how to operate drones to acquire images for mapping.  The first part will focus on getting the images. The second part of the course, in the autumn, will be on data processing to get ortho-mosaics, 3D models and extract forest information.

Schedule:

Wednesday 23th of May, 13 – 16 p.m. Drone and camera systems and regulations. In the Ljungberg lab.

Wednesday 30th of May, 12.30 – 17 p.m. Field trip to fly drones and acquire images.

Applications to the course should be sent to jonas.bohlin@slu.se latest on May 21st. The amount of students on the course is limited.

 

 

 

Master thesis presentation: Identification of layered forest stands from stereo-matched aerial images and airborne laser scanning

Carl Jansson presenterar sitt examensarbete med titel ”Identifiering av fullskiktade bestånd med stereomatchande flygbilder och laserskanning”. Carl har undersökt om det går att skilja fullskiktade blädade bestånd från enskiktade bestånd skötta med trakthyggesbruk med hjälp av fjärranalys och metoder som går att automatisera och använda för stora områden.

 

Presentationen hålls i Årsringen på plan 1 kl 14.00-14.30. Mats Nilsson är examinator och Eva Lindberg är handledare.

 

Master thesis presentation: Evaluating need of cleaning using drone

Lisa Wennerlund will present her master thesis;

“Evaluating the need of cleaning using 3D point clouds derived from high resolution images collected with a drone”

On Thursday the 8th of March at 15.00 in Ljungberglabbet.

Supervisor is Jonas Bohlin and co-supervisor is Jonas Jonzén. Håkan Olson is the examiner.

 

Welcome!

 

Quick Camera test: DJI Phantom 4 pro vs Mavic pro

Here are some quick results from the drone camera tests we did two days ago. We flow four different cameras under similar conditions. The data set should ideally be used buy a student to do some project and a deeper evaluation of the cameras. But as we know that many in the forest industri are thinking about the difference between the Dji Phantom 4pro camera with a global shutter and a larger sensor compared to the Dji Mavic pro which is smaller, cheeper and has a, for photogrammetry, poorer camera.

The drones (and cameras) was flown in the evening with low sun behind thin clouds, generating no shadows but also not bright light. This lighting condition should push the cameras a bit and at the same time give less problem with bright sunlit tree crowns against a dark shadowed ground.

A orthophoto was made in Pix4D cloud service using default settings. Here are the results:

The Phantom 4 pro camera (on the left) has a higher dynamic range in the spectral resolution and is also less over exposed on the road compared with the Mavic pro (right image).

For the final test the Sony a5100 and the Parrot sequoia needs to be added and the images needs to be compared in more depth as well as their performance when generating point clouds.

 

 

Three drone systems, four different cameras

We decided to take our drones to the forest and test some cameras today. We flow two 3DR Solo; one with Parrot Sequoia and one with a new Escadrone SoloMapper (Sony QX1 camera) and two DJI drones; one Phantom 4 pro and one Mavic pro. This was done because we had a great opportunity to acquire data from four forest patches that has just been scanned with a good terrestrial laser scanner. The scans was multi-scans with 16 scans in a 8 x 2 grid. The point cloud from the laser could be used for evaluating the point clouds generated from the drone cameras.

We tried to fly slow (5 m/s) and with lots of overlap (90/90). Sadly we ran in to trouble with the new SoloMapper, it did not acquire more then 15 images and then the system stopped. This was the first time ever we tested the camera system on the drone so it was probably a installation error of ours. We switch camera to a Sony a5100 that we have used before but which doesn’t have a gimbal, so we got good quality images.

This data set, with four different cameras, would be perfect for some student to use for a project or thesis.