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Day 26 & 27 – Last Days

NSF-REU 2013 Participants

Yesterday was presentation day. We went to Kualoa Ranch, our research site host. Kualoa Ranch is a humongous property where the 2.7 square mile Ka’a’awa Valley is just a part of the property. On the other side of the valley is their headquarters where we would meet in the morning before heading into the valley […]

Day 25

Yet another work day at the barn today. Tomorrow, we present our results, so today was all about the finishing touches. Namely, PowerPoint. I spent the day in PowerPoint building a short presentation on what the problem is, why it’s important to address, what the current technology provides and doesn’t provide, and how I tried […]

Day 24

Day 24 was Wednesday, another work at the barn day. I spent the day wrestling with PhotoScan. I’ve got around 200 photos of the cliffs and they’re loaded into PhotoScan. PhotoScan has a number of procedures that need to be run against your photos in order for it to complete its magic act of turning […]

Day 23

Today was a work at the barn day. I stayed back to finish up various things, one was to catch up on my blog, another was to work on my project. I’ve been using PhotoScan with all of the images of the cliffs to create a 3D model of the cliffs. Once I get a […]

Day 22

My "favorite" cliff

Back to the field. I spent the day flying the Phantom quadcopter getting up close and personal with a particular section of cliff. I flew up and down the cliff side at varying angles with a color camera and a near infrared camera. Paul also flew with me, flying the thermal infrared camera. Mostly, the […]

Day 21 – Day off, exploring Oahu

Turtle Bay Resort

So, we had the day off on Sunday. I was invited to go along with a group renting a car so that we could be free to do whatever we wanted. So, we caught the bus to the rental place which happened to be at Turtle Bay resort on the north shore. It was beautiful, […]

Day 20

Day 20 was Saturday, yes I’m way behind. I don’t know how it got away from me, but it did. Anyway, on Saturday we had the morning to work on our projects and we had an informal discussion with the professors to go over where we were at with our projects. I spent the morning […]

Day 19

Mission Control

My first late blog post :(. Yesterday, I got home later than any of the other students, ate, talked to my wife and crashed out. I woke up at 2:30 in the morning and realized that I hadn’t blogged and couldn’t get up and do it, so here I am, a day late blogging, that […]

Day 18


Today I went to the study area again. I continued to get photos of the cliff walls surrounding the valley in an attempt to demonstrate how to map the cliffs. By taking photos with the quadcopters, I can put the images into some software called PhotoScan and it eventually builds a 3D model out of […]

Day 17

Today I started working on my individual project, which is to image, map and create a 3D model of the cliffs surrounding the valley. Although I don’t plan on getting all of the cliffs done because my individual project is about the method of mapping and modelling a vertical landscape, so I can concentrate on […]

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