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Drones, 3D Mapping and LiDAR in Solar

John Novak and 1 other • Last updated 02/2021

4.6/5 (view ratings)
399 students
1 module
1:12 hours
7 assignments

Course description

Drones are an inexpensive and powerful tool that reduce the cost of solar energy in every market. This free course was developed in partnership with Scanifly software to help solar companies understand the opportunity that drones represent for their business.

Scanifly is a leading software platform integrating drones and 3D mapping into the solar development process. Using Scanifly software, developers can cut survey and design time by 90%, while improving system accuracy and worker safety. Sales specialists love Scanifly’s sleek 3D models and proposals, which can increase customer conversion and sales volume.

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Learning Objectives

Participants in this course will upon completion of this course, be able to:

  • Learn how solar companies use drones, 3D mapping and LiDAR
  • Understand the licensing requirements for operating a drone, including details about the FAA Part 107 exam
  • Explore what types of drones to consider purchasing and how best to fly them
  • Examine how to maximize 3D modeling software for better solar analysis
  • See what Scanifly software does to enhance your solar development process

Full course outline

Module 1 - Lecture: Drones, 3D Mapping and LiDAR in Solar

  • Introductions, Questions & Answers
  • Lecture - Drones, 3D Mapping and LiDAR in Solar (01:12:44 hours)
  • Start communicating with Scanifly and your instructors to learn more


John Novak

CEO & Co-founder, Scanifly

A former solar project designer, John created Scanifly to solve many of the development inefficiencies he experienced on the job. John is Scanifly’s product visionary and driving force for integrating drones, 3D modelling, LiDAR scanning, and software into the solar value chain. Prior to Scanifly, John worked at NRG as a Senior PV designer where he assessed and... Learn more

Jason Steinberg

CEO & Co-founder, Scanifly

Jason oversees Scanifly’s operational and financial aspects of the company, including business development, communications, and partnerships. Prior to Scanifly, Jason was an investment banker at CohnReznick Capital (CRC) where he helped finance and advise on over $3 billion of renewable energy projects and companies. Before CRC, Jason worked for BNEF as the lead... Learn more


63 reviews

399 students have taken this course

by Rajendiran m 03/12/2023


by P. RAJESHDHARAN 03/01/2023

this course is useful and knowledgeable. I got the more information about the solar project and designing method. really I enjoy this course. and also I learnt about how to drone view in solar project

by Sagar Belekar 01/08/2023


by Gagandeep Singh 09/05/2020

Its really knowledgeable to know all these software's coming the market to make the designing more fun and easy for the designer and give efficient result to the costumer for the longer run.

by siddhartha ghosh 06/28/2020


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