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May 11

Time: 5:30

Topic: Complex photogrammetric modeling; Building a digital model of Canada Place using UAV photogrammetry

Speaker: Johnathan Smeh - GIS & Operations Manager, Volatus Aerospace. Geomatics Specialist - Photogrammetry (2017), Canadian Geomatics Institute

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Abstract: In 2021 Johnathan and his team collected over 10,000 photographs in and around Canada Place in Toronto, Ontario and created a scale 3D BIM model for assessment and redevelopment purposes. In this talk Johnathan will take you through:

  • Operational constraints of working with UAVs in highly restricted airspace (Less than 1000m from an international airport).
  • Collecting high quality imagery for creating accurate and detailed 3D models that can be used for design and engineering purposes.
  • Processing and partitioning thousands of images into digestible and usable models.

Bio: Johnathan has been creating and processing photogrammetric models from UAVs for more than 6 years and has learned to plan, collect, and process high quality, georeferenced information for use in civil and municipal engineering, developments, railways, hydroelectric lines, shorelines building modelling and more. Johnathan was a founding partner in Canadian UAVs which merged with Volatus Aerospace in 2021 where he has taken on the role of GIS manager and operations coordinator for the Ontario region.


Time: TBD

Topic:  Drone based LiDar - Collection & Processing. BBQ to Follow!

Speaker: Ali Miri, UAViation Aerial Solutions Ltd.

Location: UAViation Aerial Solutions, 250 Schoolhouse Street - Unit 107, Coquitlam BC.

Abstract: This demo & talk will include an on site lidar data capture demonstration (weather permitting) with a liAir 200 drone based LiDar unit. As well as a presentation on processing & applications, and a BBQ lunch. LiDar data is used in a variety of fields and can be easily incorporated into a GIS.

Bio: With over 19 years of experience in aviation, Ali began his career as an aircraft maintenance engineer, focusing on avionics. As UAV/RPAS technology rapidly progressed, Ali recognized the untapped potential in a commercial and industrial applications, and founded UAViation in 2015. Ali has been flying RPAS based Lidar missions since 2016 and is an advanced RPAS pilot and flight reviewer.