Wednesday, February 12, 2020
719 N Monroe Street
Spokane, WA 99201
Social hour, 6:00 PM. Technical program, 7:00 PM.
Drones in Geology: Local sUAS project examples
Drones or small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) are prolific in the consulting, regulatory, and research parts of the geosciences and offer many benefits when compared other forms of obtaining remote sensing. There are some logistical issues to consider before running out and flying your drone for the first time and a wide variety of sensors on the market. We will discuss some recent projects through the Department of Geology at Eastern Washington University and Environmental Science Department at Spokane Community College, including development of 3D models for landslide classification, high-resolution images of otherwise inaccessible locations for fracture and fractal analysis, monitoring a large-scale native vegetation restoration site at EWU, groundwater and surface water mixing through thermal imaging, agricultural applications with NDVI, and even examples of how to blatantly advertise your company, department, or the EWU Geology Field Camp using stunning photos and videos!
Chad J. Pritchard, PhD, PG
Department of Geology, Eastern Washington University
Dr. Pritchard’s doctoral research with WSU focused on tectonics and magma genesis at Yellowstone National Park with years of experience in consulting, UST regulations with the State of Hawaii, and with the Spokane County Soil Survey. Chad started teaching at EWU in 2011 and is currently an Associate Professor, co-author of “Washington Rocks!”, President (or whatever) of the Columbia Basin Geologic Society, director for www.floodexplorer.org, on the board of the Blue Waters Bluegrass Festival, and continues to fly EWU’s drones and publish on local geology focusing on local tectonics, mapping, U-Pb in zircon studies, and groundwater issues. Go Eags!
David Stasney, L.G., L.HG.
Water Resources & Environmental Sciences
Environmental Science Department, Spokane Community College
David Stasney is a licensed geologist and hydrogeologist in Washington and was one of the first community college instructors in the nation to be awarded a Certificate of Authorization (COA) by the FAA to fly drones. His education includes a B.S in environmental and engineering geology and a M.S in hydrogeology and he has nearly three decades of experience in all facets of groundwater & surface water sampling, analyses, modeling, and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) applications.