Creating a 3D model of the town of Morrison, Colorado from unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) data

Authors: Sophie-Min Thomson*, University of Denver
Topics: Geographic Information Science and Systems, UAS / UAV, Remote Sensing
Keywords: Remote sensing, Photogrammetry, UAV, UAS, Drones, Pix4D
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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The state of Colorado and especially the city of Denver is experiencing rapid population growth, especially from immigration. With this migration comes pressure on surrounding towns to accommodate the increases in population. One such area is the town of Morrison, which is located southwest of Denver and occupies a small area of 5.7 square kilometers. These pressures make successful town planning a key to future sustainability and well-being. I am creating a 3D model of the town of Morrison using Pix4D and an unmanned aerial vehicle. This model will be used as the base for various future projects such as the planning of future infrastructure (such as a new town hall), flooding and other natural hazards modeling, and potential siting of facilities such as solar gardens. Using the model, the town can accurately model where the new buildings can be placed, which surrounding houses may be affected by its placement, and analyses of shadows and/or water flows etc.

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