Use of UAS (Drones) in Natural Resources Research

Use of UAS (Drones) in Natural Resources Research

Instructor: John Vogel | Date: September 6, 2017 | Time: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM | Cost: $75* | Limit: 30 people (first-come, first-served)

* Includes transportation to the demo site.

Please join John Vogel, Department of the Interior unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) pilot trainer, for a workshop that will explore UAS operations from a research project perspective.  We will discuss all aspects of UAS imagery collection operations, including project planning, UAS imagery collection flights (there will be a field trip to demonstrate a typical mapping project flight), and post-flight image processing, focused on the goal of creating high resolution imagery and 3D surface models.

Course Outline

  • 8:00 –10:00 AM: Project evaluation and planning
  • 10:00 AM – noon: UAS flight demonstration
  • 1:00 – 3:00 PM: Post-flight image processing


After 15 years working as a geographer for the USGS, John Vogel began flying UAS for research projects in 2009.  He has flown the Aeroenvironment Raven, Honeywell T-Hawk, Falcon, Pulse Vapor, and 3DR Solo systems, with over 300 UAS operational flights in support of scientific research projects. John now focuses on drone pilot training and data acquisition.