Department of Civil and Geomatics Engineering of Kathmandu University (KU) and WeRobotics jointly organized a 3-day Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) training at Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel. The training was conducted from September 6 to September 8, 2016. Thirty participants from Kathmandu University, Department of Urban Development and Building Construction (DUDBC), International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), MedAIR, Rural Development Initiative (RDI), Nepal Geomatics Engineering Society (NGES), and Robotics Association of Nepal (RAN) learned applications of UAVs, flying skills, data capturing as well as image processing.
Acting Head of the Department of Civil and Geomatics Engineering Dr. Prachand Man Pradhan welcomed the participants and the trainers. Associate Dean of School of Engineering, Kathmandu University Prof. Dr. Ramesh Kumar Maskey mentioned the need of fast track to secure UAV flight permission for research and academic purposes in his welcome remarks. Dean of School of Engineering, Kathmandu University Prof. Dr. Bhupendra Bimal Chhetri wished the participants and expected that they will apply the knowledge gained during the training for betterment of the society. Lecturer Mr. Uma Shankar Panday presented past and going UAV projects at the department. He further shared with the participant that the department is looking at new opportunities with UAV. Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) Deputy Directors Mr. Subhash Jha and Mr. Raju Shrestha presented on Nepal UAV regulations and role of CAAN.
Training resource person Dr. Adam Klaptocz from WeRobotics taught the participants on technique to safely fly multirotor as well as fixed wing UAVs, capture data for building damage assessment and agriculture applications. He flew Parrot Bebop 2 (a multi-rotor UAV) and collected images of a building facades and roof top at KU Dhulikhel premises. Each participants were later asked to practice with the flying vehicle under close supervision of Dr. Klaptocz. A 3D model of the building was prepared and demonstrated to the participants the next day.
Dr. Klaptocz demonstrated the participants to prepare flight plan, take off and land eBee (a fixed wing UAV). The participants did practice for launching eBee. All participants were taken to an agricultural field at Shankharapur, Kathmandu, where the team collected RGB as well as Red Edge images of the agriculture field with eBee. The participants also took part in a laboratory exercise. Partakers prepared 3D models from UAV images and processed UAV images for agricultural applications with Pix4DMapper software.
Geomatics program coordinator Asst. Prof. Mr. Nawaraj Shrestha handed over Kathmandu University souvenir to resource person Dr. Adam Klaptocz. Acting Head of the department of Civil and Geomatics Engineering Asst. Prof. Dr. Prachand Man Pradhan provided training certificate to the participants and gave vote of thanks to the participants, trainers and organizers.