I’ve been lurking hard on this forum for the past few months (I check it every day), and I thought it might be time to introduce myself.

I work at a Kentucky-based civil engineering & land surveying company that operates primarily in the telecom industry. I have about 3 years of experience doing survey drafting, 1 year of field surveying experience, and I spent the better part of this past year managing some of our survey projects.

In September I was asked to help build and manage a drone department, so I’ve spent the past few months in a self-guided crash course in all things UAV and photogrammetry :joy:. Right now the department is 2 people (me and the pilot), and we’re doing a LOT of planning and testing. In fact that’s pretty much all we’ve done :joy:

We’ve done test-flights of cell towers, and a few mapping flights of our office building using GCPs, most of which I have processed using ODM on Google Compute Engine. We’re using a Phantom 4 Pro V2, and I’d be happy to share some of my data sets. I have 4 tower data sets and 2 nadir mapping datasets: 2 flights of the same area at different altitudes & overlaps, with (poorly marked) GCPs.

Anyway, I think we’re about to get approval for several ALTA survey projects that we plan on using the drone for, and I’m excited!

I don’t have enough technical knowledge to provide any help with coding, but I bought the ODM book and I’ll be keeping an eye out for any new funding campaigns :wink:


Hey @cmccurdy :hand: ! Welcome!

Would be cool to see the datasets! Feel free to share them in the datasets section.


Welcome! It’s great to have your perspective on the ODM tools. As you were starting out, were there any areas that were particularly tricky in getting the software working? I’m working with a few people on some documentation and training materials for the project, and I believe that the first steps of getting it working and tuned to your org’s needs are often the most challenging. We lose a lot of users at that stage. The ODM book is a great resource of course, and if there’s more we can do in software/docs/videos/etc we’d like to improve it.


I don’t think I had too much trouble with ODM. Much of my time was spent familiarizing myself with Google Compute Engine. Once I got past that and was able to get WebODM installed on a VM without any issues, that’s when I saw the real value of WebODM and not being limited by the processing power of my desktop workstation.

By the way, I would highly recommend Google Compute Engine to anyone wanting to experiment with WebODM in the cloud. I received $300 in credits just for making an account, and I’ve only used about $120 of it running dozens of tests in the past 2 months.

I’m in the process of editing my little tutorial on using WebODM in GCE, I’m hoping to submit it soon™. I figured out a way to make GCE work reasonably well for me, though it might benefit from having someone more knowledgeable look it over.


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