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Distributed Site Analysis Utilizing Drones and 360-degree Video

This paper examines the use of drones mounted with a 360-degree video camera to facilitate site analysis of remote sites in instances where it is not feasible for an entire group of students to visit a site, and to provide the opportunity for repeated review of such sites. By utilizing drones and 360- degree video cameras, it is possible to provide students with an immersive virtual experience of a site that can be referenced continuously throughout a project. This research describes the use of 360-degree video to document a half-acre site. Students were asked to conduct a site analysis by viewing the video using Google Cardboard and a computer. The site analyses produced by the students were compared to determine their effectiveness, and a focus group was held with students who participated in the experiment to gather feedback on the experience of using the 360-degree video. The results of the experiment suggest that the technique can be used effectively to conduct a general site analysis, and is especially effective when coupled with additional resources about a site. It is concluded that students are able to successfully conduct a remote site analysis by utilizing this method.

Autor / Author: George, Benjamin H.
Institution / Institution: Utah State University, Utah, USA
Seitenzahl / Pages: 8
Sprache / Language: Englisch
Veröffentlichung / Publication: JoDLA − Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture, 1-2016
Tagung / Conference: Digital Landscape Architecture 2016 – Representing, Evaluating and Designing Landscapes: Digital Approaches
Veranstaltungsort, -datum / Venue, Date: Istanbul, Turkey 01-06-16 - 03-06-16
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Keywords (en): Drone, 360-degree video, virtual reality, site analysis, site documentation
Paper review type: Full Paper Review
DOI: doi:10.14627/537612011
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