Great Sand Dunes National Park Mapping
Wohnrade Civil Engineers, Inc. (WCE) was the first UAS operator to successfully map a 1-square-mile area of the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. The project was a collaborative effort that included Black Swift Technologies, UAS Colorado, and the National Park Service (NPS). The goal was to develop precision mapping using high fidelity remote sensing to monitor change detection and measure dune height in the vicinity of the Star Dune.
The UAS data collection was performed on October 19, 2016 using the Swift Trainer fixed-wing UAS, developed by Black Swift Technologies. A Scientific Research and Collection Permit was obtained from the NPS, with the condition that the takeoff and landing site be located outside the park boundary. As a result, the SwiftTrainer was required to fly 5 miles to the north end of the area of interest. Collected data was then processed by DroneDeploy to generate deliverables that could be used by WCE in our engineering workflows. You can learn more about our collaboration with DroneDeploy by clicking the button below.
Deliverables to the research staff at the Great Sand Dunes National Park included:
- High-resolution georeferenced orthomosic image;
- Topographic mapping at a 1-foot contour interval;
- 3D model of the 1-square mile area of interest;
- Georeferenced point cloud.
Wohnrade Civil Engineers was also recognized for this historic achievement on December 14, 2016 by the UAS Colorado, a non-profit business league.
For further technical details about this historic flight click on the button below to download our white paper.