Applications of Drone Acquisitions in Geology

Recorded On: 07/17/2018

In this webinar I will show some examples of my drone acquisitions applied to geology, trusting that this will be a good opportunity to share ideas on the techniques and areas of application of this technology. In general, I use drones to generate digital models of the topography that can help understanding certain geological features in a more intuitive way.

I publish the models in Sketchfab, which I found to be a very effective platform for sharing 3D models. I complete them in different ways, by adding annotations, animations, integration with geological maps and sections, interpretation of geological surfaces, 3D printed scale models. The main application that I see for these models is to provide support to the work in the real field, either in preparation for an actual field trip, or as a means of sharing observations on a remote location. In one case though, I have used a model not just as a 3D display, but rather as a digital dataset to test geological concepts in a more rigorous way.

The areas of acquisition of my models are mostly from Spain although one model is from the Venezuelan Andes and another one is from the SE coast of Italy. Finally, another model is related to an archaeological topic.

This webinar is categorized under the Projects, Facilities, and Construction discipline. 

Riccardo Rocca


Mr. Rocca is a geologist in petroleum exploration, focusing on regional geology, data integration and prospects evaluation.He worked with ENI (Italy), Halliburton-Landmark (Nigeria-Angola), and Repsol (Spain-Venezuela). He is an enthusiast in electronics and remote controlled models.He has been practicing drone flights, images acquisition and photogrammetry since 2015.Mr. Rocca is interested in using the information from drones to help understand features in the landscape related to geological processes.

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07/17/2018 at 9:30 AM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
07/17/2018 at 9:30 AM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
Live and Archive Viewing: 0.15 CEU/1.5 PDH credits and certificate available
Live and Archive Viewing: 0.15 CEU/1.5 PDH credits and certificate available