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UAV archaeological fieldwork

Discussion in 'Phantom 2 Discussion' started by fenris, Jul 28, 2014.

  1. fenris

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    Hi all,
    Have followed this board for a while and it's provided some great tips and insight. My small lab, based at an American university, purchased a Phantom 2 and GoPro last May so that I could bring it to Italy and use it for aerial photography, video, and photogrammetry of an archaeological excavation I'm working on. We went with the Phantom/GoPro combo over other UAVs because of the flexibility (photo, video, timelapse, etc..) and apparent ease-of-use (which turned out to be true).

    This was the first quadcopter I'd ever flown, although I'm an avid videogamer and have flown RC planes and RC cars before, and I definitely think all of those translate over to flying the Phantom. I also had about a week to practice in open fields before diving in to the actual work.

    I flew the Phantom over the site every day for a month, usually 4-5 flights per day, and it performed flawlessly.

    Anyway: on to some of the eye-candy....
    1) A still from one of the flights over the "Porta Romana", one of the city gates (This flight I took about 900 photos)
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    2)Some screen-captures of the Photogrammetry model made from those photos:
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    3)Out over the Tyrrhenian Sea, getting some shots of the ancient port of the city:
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    4)The most picturesque ruin on the site: The high-point or acropolis
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    5) The site of the current excavations, a Bath Complex
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    In short, the Phantom was integral to getting a number of shots and views of the site that would have otherwise been impossible or very expensive to achieve, and without being able to browse this forum I probably would have been in way over my head. So, Thank you to DJI and thanks to the community here! Hopefully this was interesting - I think UAVs have a great future in real-world application outside of hobby and simple aerial cinematography/photography.
     
  2. tbwester

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    What are you using photoscan?

    Nice work!