Mapping & 3D Modeling 101—A Fully Revamped Course for 2017

We’re excited to share the information that we’ve simply accomplished a full overhaul of our course Mapping and 3D Modeling 101.

Big congratulations are so as for Lewis Butler and Trevor Duke, the course instructors and homeowners of Icarus Aerials. Lewis and Trevor have labored tirelessly to carry us a model of Mapping and 3D Modeling 101, and the top result’s a wonderful collection of reshot movies, new assets, and a course that’s massively improved to offer much more worth for industrial pilots seeking to beef up their ability units.

Read on to study concerning the worth of increasing your product choices as a industrial UAV pilot with mapping and 3D modeling, or soar straight down to seek out out what’s new on this revamped model of the course.

Already a scholar of Mapping and 3D Modeling 101? Jump all the way down to a bit simply for you.

How to Make Money with Mapping and 3D Modeling

If you’re inquisitive about mapping and 3D modeling with drones, you’re in all probability questioning how one can flip this ability set into precise revenue.

Big image, development, agriculture, and actual property functions for UAVs are booming as of late, and all of those functions incorporate mapping and/or 3D modeling.

3D Robotics—which seemed prefer it was getting ready to break not too way back—lately introduced an enormous collection D funding spherical of $53 million for their construction-focused platform for drone knowledge known as Site Scan.

And after shedding 300 folks just a few months again, French drone maker Parrot simply introduced the launch of a Professional drone line aimed toward small and medium development, agriculture, and actual property companies, indicating numerous confidence sooner or later progress of these functions for UAVs.

So how do maps slot in?

We’ll share an instance to assist illustrate how highly effective this drone pilot ability set might be.

When development corporations are bidding on multi-million greenback actual property growth jobs, they should stand out.

Typically, they’ll stress their expertise, their fame, and that they’re on prime of all the very best development know-how. The objective right here is to point out that they’ll construct higher, sooner, and extra on schedule than their rivals.

As you may think, having aerial maps and fashions through the bidding course of can provide a HUGE benefit to successful enterprise. Not simply in saving the development firm time, however in placing collectively a sexier bid and constructing belief with the builders.

And, throughout precise growth, development corporations can save 1000’s in challenge surveys by utilizing aerial maps for monitoring and to point out progress.

Using an unmanned aerial system may also help reply vital questions like:

  • Is the grade appropriate?
  • Is the drainage appropriate?
  • How a lot grime will we have to fill?
  • Is the 2nd flooring stage?

Of course, the development trade is only one place the place mapping and modeling can provide a powerful return-on-investment. There’s additionally agriculture, actual property, mining, oil & fuel surveys, and extra…and as we stated above, the use of UAVs in these these sectors is rising quickly.

Mapping and 3D Modeling 101 offers a complete introduction to , software program and approach for this nascent trade. I sincerely recognize the information and real-world expertise shared by Lewis and Trevor on this great course, which delivers actionable perception into the great market alternative for UAS-based photogrammetry and orthomosaic pictures.”

                – Jim Brammer, Owner at Soaring Vistas Media

Want to study extra about Mapping and 3D Modeling 101? Get began right here.

But Isn’t It Expensive to Get into Mapping / Modeling?

With current gear (your DJI or 3DR drone, or any mannequin that takes high-quality imagery) and the fitting trial software program, you’ll be able to generate maps and fashions for free…TODAY. The software program we cowl on this class both has a free demo/trial, gives small maps for free, or you’ll be able to pay by the month or by challenge.

It’s extra approachable to get into such a aerial work than you would possibly assume.

What’s New within the Revamped Course?

We’ve included extra particulars, new content material and matters, and all new movies with larger manufacturing worth, with the general objective of offering essentially the most up-to-date assets on the market to get pilots up and operating with mapping and 3D modeling.

Here’s an outline of what’s new within the revamped model of Mapping and 3D Modeling 101.

1) Discussion of Ground Control Points

The course now features a detailed dialogue of floor management factors, with a six minute video devoted to protecting what floor management factors are, placement, and how you can enhance the accuracy of a map even in the event you don’t have entry to floor management factors.

These new supplies can be most dear to these pilots who need to enhance the accuracy of their maps and measurements however don’t have a background in surveying.

We’ve discovered this strategy very best for drone pilots like us, who aren’t skilled surveyors however who do need to discover methods to enhance the accuracy of our strategy, with the objective of augmenting our workflow so we will ship a greater finish product for our purchasers.

2) New Animations


There are new animations sprinkled all through the course, and new and improved visuals have been created, many with the help of a number of digicam angles.

The course now incorporates animation protecting how the peak at which you fly will influence sidelap and overlap, with props used to raised describe sidelap and overlap. There are additionally new definitions and prompts in the movies throughout discussions of key ideas and concepts.

Finally, there’s an enhanced explanatory animation of 3D modeling, and the way all the course of works.

three) Higher Overall Production Value 

That’s proper. This new and improved model of the course appears to be like means higher than the earlier model. (In the unique course, the movies had been comprised of single angle DSLR pictures. No extra!)

The new movies had been recorded on skilled grade gear in a studio setting with a number of digicam angles, mics on our instructors Lewis and Trevor,  lighting. On the post-production aspect, the movies had been professionally edited, together with the audio.

All of those adjustments have led to an enormous enchancment within the high quality of the movies, and to the general expertise of taking the course for our college students.

four) More Apps Covered


As the drone trade grows, so do the variety of apps that help industrial pilots.

To sustain, the variety of apps used for mapping, modeling, and associated efforts has been expanded within the new model of the course, and the screencast that covers the totally different apps is now shiny and new, with crisp audio and visible.

The screenshot above reveals all of the apps beneficial by Lewis and Trevor (notice that not all the apps within the screenshot pertain on to mapping and modeling, however slightly characterize a full suite of apps to help industrial drone ops basically).

Here are the apps which have in-depth demos within the new model of the course:

DJI Mission Planning Software

  • Maps Made Easy – iOS solely
  • Drone Deploy – Android & iOS
  • Skycatch Commander – iOS solely
  • Pix4D Capture – Android & iOS
  • DJI Gs Pro – iOS solely

Key Course Info

Wondering what Mapping and 3D Modeling 101 appears to be like like? Here’s an outline.

Key Course Details:

  • 15 lectures and a pair of+ hours of video instruction
  • Special give attention to DJI and 3DR fashions / software program
  • Special give attention to utilizing Drone Deploy and Maps Made Easy
  • Private scholar discussion board to ask questions, community, and share your work
  • Lifetime entry (self-paced course might be seen on cellular, pill, and so on.)

Who This Course Is for:

    • UAV pilots and companies who need to develop their product choices to extra than simply pictures and videography.
    • Surveyors who need to be early adopters and combine UAVs with their current survey strategies.
    • Existing consultants in mapping and modeling who can profit from utilizing UAVs to seize knowledge in a value efficient means.
    • Individuals and companies who can profit from receiving up-to-date actionable data at a comparatively low price.
    • Marketing and gross sales departments who can profit from displaying websites and buildings in a leading edge solution to potential purchasers throughout pitches.

Want to study extra about Mapping and 3D Modeling 101? Get began right here.

I’m Already a Student of the Course—What Do I Need to Know?

Already a scholar of Mapping and 3D Modeling 101?

Here’s what to look for on this revamped model (which is included along with your current course entry at no additional price):

  • Demos for all apps have been up to date, with improved visible and audio
  • New apps have been added (see full checklist right here)
  • New dialogue of floor management factors
  • New animations and props all through the course to raised illustrate key ideas
  • New movies, with a lot larger manufacturing worth total

Finally, it’s vital that we prolong an enormous THANK YOU to all Maps and 3D Modeling 101 college students for your whole useful suggestions. The enhancements which have been made had been largely in response to your notes. We couldn’t have performed this with out your assist and help.


Zacc Dukowitz

Director of Marketing

Zacc Dukowitz is the Director of Marketing for UAV Coach. A author with skilled expertise in training know-how and digital advertising, Zacc is keen about reporting on the drone trade at a time when UAVs may also help us dwell higher lives. Zacc additionally holds the rank of nidan in Aikido, a Japanese martial artwork, and is a broadly printed fiction author. Zacc has an MFA from the University of Florida and a BA from St. John’s College. Follow @zaccdukowitz or try to learn his work.

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