Gaining Efficiency in 3D Modeling by using a Drone

Authors: Amanda Adams*,
Topics: Drones, Water Resources and Hydrology
Keywords: Drones, Flood, 3D
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Flooding is a natural occurrence that can become one of the most damaging and costly disasters, because of the effects on property. Human interactions with nature can increase the intensity of destruction from flooding because of the number of structures built in flood-prone areas. 3D modeling is a good visual representation of information for flooding risks, because the public can view the effects of that flooding on their property better using a 3D model. However, creating the data necessary for 3D models can be time-consuming and expensive. Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, is a newer technology, which can be beneficial for this work, because drones are cheaper and more accessible. This project uses a Mavic Pro drone to create a 3D model of a portion of the Decker’s Creek watershed in Morgantown, WV. This study area includes park structures potentially at risk from flooding, including a pedestrian bridge across the creek and structures associated with a swimming pool. Images captured from a Mavic Pro will be overlaid using Drone-to-Map to create a 3D model of the study area. Then water data will be added to create flood heights within the model. The final product is a 3D model of the study area showing flooding conditions of the river.

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