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Applications of Drone Acquisitions in Geology

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Course Credit: 0.15 CEU, 1.5 PDH

In this webinar, the speaker shows examples of drone acquisitions applied to geology. In general, the speaker uses drones to generate digital models of the topography that helps understanding certain geological features in a more intuitive way.

The presenter publishes the models in Sketchfab, which he found to be a very effective platform for sharing 3D models. He completes them in different ways, by adding annotations, animations, integration with geological maps and sections, interpretation of geological surfaces, 3D printed scale models. The main application that he sees for these models is to provide support to the work in the real field, either in preparation for an actual field trip, or as a means of sharing observations on a remote location. He has used a model not just as a 3D display, but rather as a digital dataset to test geological concepts in a more rigorous way.

The areas of acquisition of his models are mostly from Spain although one model is from the Venezuelan Andes, and another one is from the SE coast of Italy. Finally, another model is related to an archaeological topic.

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  • 1Applications of Drone Acquisitions in Geology - Chapter 1
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Earn credits by completing this course0.15 CEU credit1.5 PDH credits


Riccardo Rocca