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The Application of UAS and 3D Printing for Land Surface Modeling

Yanli Zhang, PhD, Associate Professor
Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture
Stephen F. Austin State University
Nacogdoches, TX

Authors:  Yanli Zhang, PhD, Associate Professor, Daniel Unger, PhD, Professor, I-Kuai Hung, PhD, Professor, David Kulhavy, PhD, Professor - Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX

 UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems, commonly referred as drones) technology is widely used for high resolution image collection. After photogrammetry analysis, high resolution 3D model of the land surface can be created. Digital 3D model has its advantages and disadvantages. For public demonstration and education purposes, physical 3D models can be used. This research has investigated UAS data collection, GIS model creation, 3D model conversion, 3D model slicing, and 3D printing technology. 3D printing of large scale and small-scale land surfaces has been tested and models of mountains, watershed, reservoir, and buildings have been printed.