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UAV ecology research internship at the Smithsonian

Posted by Jonathan Dandois on May 4, 2015 at 8:43am 0 Comments

Opening at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama for an intern to assist in the collection and analysis of high-resolution aerial photos with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).  Key responsibilities are maintenance and repair of fixed-wing and multirotor UAVs and weekly…

Helping tropical forests recover - from islands to landscapes

Posted by Erle Ellis on April 13, 2015 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

In the summer of 2013, Ecosynth team members Jonathan Dandois and Dana Nadwodny travelled to Southern Costa Rica to work with a team led by…


RFID tags in the forest

Posted by Jonathan Dandois on April 9, 2015 at 12:47pm 0 Comments

I remember many times in our field plots at UMBC where we discussed the idea of planting RFID (Radio frequency identification) tags on our trees to improve future re-census and as a way to get around people stealing the…


Ecosynther Now Available as AWS Image

Posted by JR Smith on March 17, 2015 at 9:30pm 0 Comments

Hello everyone, I am pleased to announce we now have a publicly available Amazon EC2 (cloud computing) AWS image of our Ecosynther software - you…


Replacing propeller adapters for 3DR X8

Posted by Jesse Lasky on March 9, 2015 at 5:29pm 4 Comments

Hi everyone,

We broke (or stripped) a few of the propeller adapters on our 3DR X8. We're trying to replace them, and I ordered adapters from 3DR but apparently the ones they list online aren't the ones for the X8. I didn't realize that.

We have two copters so we could take adapters from one and put them on the other, except 3DR ships them with the adapters screwed in and glued with threadlocker. Solvents can undo this, but it seems like a solvent might mess with the…


Automatic image georeferencing

Posted by Gianluca Cantoro on March 1, 2015 at 1:36am 2 Comments

Dear friends,

I have been suggested to write this post to point your attention to a free software i'm being developing for automatic image (and 3d model!!!) georeferencing.

It is called AutoGR-Toolkit and it is based on image matching. It provides thousands of ground control points in seconds.  These points can then be used in ArcGIS or QGIS (for 2D matching) and also in Agisoft Photoscan, VSfm or sfm_georef (for 3D model georeferencing).

It also gives the possibility to…


Drones from Baltimore to Panama and back!

Posted by Jonathan Dandois on February 27, 2015 at 7:29am 1 Comment

I recently had the chance to meet Maryland Senator Ben Cardin while he and his wife were visiting Panama and STRI.  As a Maryland native with over 10 years in Baltimore and a UMBC alum twice-over I was very excited to get to meet some folks from home and to share about my work at…


Installing and Starting

Posted by Wes Davidson on February 9, 2015 at 5:45am 3 Comments

Hi All,

I am new to the community and keen to get started.  Unfortunately (or fortunately however you see it) I have got a Macbook air and am a first time user so getting my head around terminal is doing me in.  When I use pip ecosynth it can't find the package.  Any experts able to help?  As a reward once we get started I can add data for South East Queensland Australia....






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