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Our Approach

Implementing the UAS Pipeline

The Primary Stages

While demands vary with each project, our general process can be broken down into three stages. These include, 1) mission planning and data acquisiton, 2) data processing and analysis, and 3) developing maps and reports.

Mission Planning and Data Acquisition

The TRI process generally begins with data collection with small unmanned aircraft systems and/or ground-based GNSS equipment. The first step in this process is site analysis and mission planning. Site analysis requires interpreting the project needs and analyzing the characteristics of a given site to best plan for successful data collection. If sUAS are being deployed, mission planning requires developing the flight plan with respect to FAA regulations and programming the mission into the aircraft. Data acquisition requires visiting the site, operating the aircraft, operating GNSS equipment, and confirming data quality onsite.

Data Processing and Analysis

The second phase of the TRI process is data processing and analysis. This includes geotagging and georeferencing data, and preparing it for use in geospatial analysis. Generally, aerial photographs are converted to orthophotographs or digital surface models for use in GIS and remote sensing software. Depending on the project needs, various transformations are performed to produce final products. Other products, such as 3D models, point clouds, and KML files for display in Google Earth, can be produced as well.

Maps and Reports

The final step in the TRI process involves producing maps and reports. Depending on project needs, simple to graphically elaborate maps can be produced. Likewise, reports will suit the needs of the project.