In the framework of the VlIR-UOS-North-South-South initiative aimed at capacity building for developing countries, Latin-American and African Universities participate in a 7 day workshop on UAV-technology, currently being held in Lima, Peru. In this workshop organized by University Nacional la Molina, researchers from Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Cuba and Ethiopia receive training on UAV mapping, making use of low-cost and open-source technologies. Beside the theoretical training and hands-on with simulators and training planes, also a 3-day demonstration is organized in the Andes region. With the UAV imagery, the researchers hope to study and improve productivity of small scale agro-ecosystems. In the next month’s 4 other demonstrations will be organized at the participating countries, ranging from sugar cane monitoring in Cuba to fighting malaria spread in Ethiopia.

The training is given by my company, Usense, which is using the APM 2.5 as autopilot for mapping purposes. I am happy to say that the researchers were very enthusiastic to work with this open-source technology and found it very user-friendly. You'll probably see some of them around here in at Diydrones in the coming months. Currently I am giving them a demonstration with the USENSE-X8 UAV on high altitude. Yesterday we flew at 4000m, with some stunning views from the Andes! 

Prof. Eddie Schrevens (KULeuven), who is leads the project: “We have been investing quite some money on satellite imagery to evaluate the productivity of agro-ecosystems in many parts of Peru, without success due to high cloud coverage in these regions. Since one year we are doing tests with imagery taken from a UAV resulting in high-quality orthomosaics and digital surface models. These UAVs fly, and fly well, but now we need to investigate in smart algorithms to derive the right information from the imagery.

Some more pictures from the workshop



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  • I have read the article about DroneAdventures in Peru, but we did not yet connect. We did pass some of the "barrios" which they operated in. Very poor people and living conditions, so great work they are doing to make a kadaster of these areas. I'll PM you regarding UAViators.

  • Super, thanks for sharing the additional images, Dries. I'd love to get on a call and learn more about your good work & explore synergies with UAViators. My email: patrick@iRevolution.net. Incidentally, DroneAventures were just in Lima, did they connect with you?

  • Nice work :-D keep up

  • Thanks! The 3-day demonstration flights just ended, all participants were very happy with the results and eager to start flying themselves. Some pictures of the demo below.

    @Randy. Nice initiative and the level of the T3 competition was very high this year, I learned a lot. I’ll have a look at the wiki provided!

    @Patrick. This was the initial workshop, where we gave introduction to the technology. Next thing is that the participants go back to their country and start flying simulators/test-planes. As of September, we will visit them (Ecuador, Cuba, Colombia and Ethiopia) and do more demonstration flights dedicated to their application. Would love to know more about your UAViators.org  project, maybe there is a fit.



    Cruz Pampa (4000m). Inventive systems of dams to decrease soil erosion



    Mantaro Valley (3200m). Ensuring food productivity for millions of people.


    Throwing the Usense-X8  in the air with a bunjee.

    Humanitarian UAV Network
    Promoting the safe, responsible and effective use of UAVs in a wide range of humanitarian and development settings.
  • 100KM

    Again you make me jealous Dries!  Great work and glad to see your company is doing well!

  • Really cool stuff...

  • Great stuff, thanks for sharing. When/where will your next training be held?

  • Developer

    Coincidentally I've recently added a 3dMapping wiki page based on the input from the 5 or 6 successful competitors of the last T3 competition.  Hopefully that will provide a starting point for people to try out 3dmapping with ArduCopter/ArduPlane.  Any input from those out there with experience is greatly appreciated.

  • 3D Robotics

    Love this. Please post some of those stunning views of the Andes!

  • Moderator

    Nice Dries nice

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