UAS Colorado recently completed an innovative mapping project using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) within the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in south-central Colorado. This project was a collaborative effort facilitated by UAS Colorado that also included Black Swift Technologies (BST), the National Park Service (NPS) and Wohnrade Civil Engineers Inc. (WCE).
Working in conjunction with NPS park staff, the goal of the project was to develop precision mapping approaches using high-fidelity remote sensing to monitor change detection, measure dune height in the vicinity of the Star Dune, and to visualize and document the natural resources that the NPS is responsible for protecting.
For this project, Wohnrade Civil Engineers became the first FAA-licensed service provider to use a UAS to successfully map a one-square-mile area of the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. The UAS data collection was performed on Oct. 19, 2016 using the SwiftTrainer fixed-wing drone developed by Black Swift Technologies. The resulting terrain data set will be compared to a 2011 airborne LiDAR acquisition prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
For additional technical details about the UAS mapping project, please navigate to https://goo.gl/YUYg4h. Interested persons are welcome to download project data examples, which include an orthomosaic image and derived elevation contours.
UAS Colorado a non-profit business league, committed to promoting and improving the commercial drone industry in Colorado, supports the safe integration and use of unmanned aircraft systems throughout the state for the benefit of the public.
Black Swift Technologies is an engineering firm based in Boulder, Colo., specializing in the development of next-generation small unmanned aircraft platforms and technologies.
Wohnrade Civil Engineers of Broomfield, Colo., provides a broad range of professional engineering services to public and private sector clients in Colorado, Illinois, Wisconsin and Nebraska since 2002.