DroneCamp 2021, July 26-30. More info.

DroneCamp 2021
July 26-30, 2021

Registration is now open! For additional info, please visit:


Thanks to everyone for making DroneCamp 2020 a grand success!!

Thanks to all the participants, instructors, collaborators, and support people who came together to make this unique collaborative training program possible. Recordings for most sessions are now available - see the session descriptions for links.


DroneCamp 2020 Online

Welcome to DroneCamp!

DroneCamp is a short course on using drones for mapping and data collection. Now in its 4th year, the program is designed to cover a broad suite of knowledge and skills needed to use drones for mapping.

DroneCamp is a collaborative effort by several campuses and research programs within the University of California and California State University systems. Normally an in-person event at CSU Monterey Bay, DroneCamp 2020 is being held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For additional info, see http://ucanr.edu/dronecamp.

Schedule at a Glance

All times are Pacific Daylight Time!

Monday June 22
9:00 - 9:10 Welcome
Welcome to DroneCamp!
9:10 - 9:50 Drone Mapping and DroneCamp Overview
Overview of the drone mapping workflow and where the different DroneCamp sessions fit in
10:00 - 10:50 Hardware: Multirotor Drones, Fixed Wings, and Sensors
Discussion of hardware options: multirotor drones, fixed wings, and sensors
11:00 - 11:50 Drone Safety and Regulations Overview
Learn what you need to know to fly drones safely and legally
14:00 - 14:50 Mission Planning
Principles and guidelines for planning drone missions for mapping and data collection
15:00 - 15:50 Equipment Planning and Preparation
Learn the essentials of preparing and checking your equipment for effective fieldwork
Tuesday June 23
9:00 - 9:50 Introduction to Drone Photogrammetry and Data Processing
Learn the fundamentals of photogrammetry and how they apply to processing data.
  Image Processing Pt1
10:00 - 11:50 Processing UAV Images with ArcGIS Pro
Learn how to stitch images together using the Ortho Mapping Workspace in ArcGIS Pro, and explore elevation and vegetation health analysis.
10:00 - 11:50 Introduction to Multispectral Image Processing with Pix4Dmapper
Hands-on workshop with Pix4Dmapper
14:00 - 14:50 How to be a Good Visual Observer
Learn the essential skills and roles of a visual observer
15:00 - 15:50 High Precision Mapping
Tools and techniques for high precision drone mapping
Wednesday June 24
9:00 - 9:50 Data Management and Sharing Results
Learn tools and techniques for managing drone data
  Image Processing Pt2
10:00 - 11:50 Drone Imagery Processing with Agisoft Metashape
Learn how to process drone images into 2D and 3D outputs using Agisoft Metashape
10:00 - 11:50 Open Source Data Processing with OpenDroneMap
Learn to use the open-source photogrammetry toolkit OpenDroneMap (ODM), to process aerial imagery into maps and 3D models.
  Working with Drone Outputs in GIS Pt1
14:00 - 15:50 Multispectral Data Visualization and Extraction with QGIS
Learn how to visualize processed drone data in QGIS, then overlay and extract data for your sample plots
14:00 - 15:50 Mapping and Analyzing Drone Data in ArcGIS Pro
Visualize and analyze drone orthomosaics and elevation surfaces using ArcGIS Pro
Thursday June 25
9:00 - 9:50 Participant Speed Talks
Hear a range of excellent short talks from DroneCamp participants
  Advanced Flight Operations
10:00 - 10:50 Operating in Controlled Airspace
Regulations, air traffic control clearance, and best practices for flying in controlled airspace
11:00 - 11:50 Night Flying
Everything you need to know to fly safely and legally at night under Part 107
  Working with Drone Outputs in GIS Pt2
10:00 - 11:50 Vegetation Analysis & Classification in ArcGIS Pro
Analyze vegetation in ArcGIS Pro using a variety of techniques from simple to sophisticated.
  Special Session on DART
12:00 - 12:50 Preview of the Monterey Bay DART UAS Online Symposium: Innovation & Recovery
Get a sneak preview of the Monterey Bay DART UAS Symposium on the theme “Innovation and Recovery”. To be held Oct 19-23, 2020 online.
  Data Analysis Methods for Ag Research
14:00 - 14:50 Digital Agriculture: Data Processing Tools and Models for UAS Application in Agriculture
Drone data collection methods, processing tools, and analytics for agricultural research
15:00 - 15:30 Sensing Crop Water Stress with Thermal Imagery
Learn the theory and practice behind sensing plant water stress using thermal data
  UAS Applications in Coastal and Marine Systems
14:00 - 14:15 A Game of Drones: Advancing Discovery and Innovation in Intertidal Research
14:15 - 14:30 Mapping Patch Dynamics from Multiple Data Sources and Scales
14:30 - 14:50 Low Altitude Mapping of Emergent Kelp Canopy in Southern Monterey Bay
A cost-effective method for year-round kelp surveys in Monterey Bay.
15:00 - 15:50 Hardware: Vertical Take-Off and Landings (VTOL) & Fixed Wings
Hear about VTOLs and larger fixed
  Workforce Development and Higher Ed
14:00 - 14:20 How Are Colleges Preparing Future Drone/UAS Operations Technicians?
Results of a study on the skills and tools students need to have to be competitive in the drone workforce
14:20 - 14:50 The FAA UAS Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI)
Learn about the FAA UAS Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI), a network of partnerships with educational institutions to prepare students for a career in aviation with the FAA.
15:50 - 16:00 Closing and Thanks
Thanks for coming to DroneCamp! Come share ideas how we can collectively build and support the drone mapping community.


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