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Solar + Drones: Site Surveying and 3D Mapping around Trees

John Novak and 3 others • Last updated 02/2021

5.0/5 (view ratings)
275 students
4 modules
1:17 hours
11 assignments

Course description

Best Practices for Solar Companies Flying Drones around Trees

This free drone course is presented by Scanifly in partnership with Hudson Valley Drones and Northwest Drone Pros to address the #1 challenge for new drone operators.

You'll learn:

  • Best Practices for Flying Drones around Trees
  • Hardware Considerations
  • Detailed Examples
  • Scanifly Overview

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Full course outline

Module 1 - Introduction & Scanifly Overview

  • Video: Introduction & Scanifly Overview (07:44 minutes)
  • Slides: Scanifly Overview (.pdf)
Module 2 - Best Practices for Flying Around Trees

  • Video: Best Practices for Flying Around Trees (16:13 minutes)
  • Slides: Best Practices for Flying Around Trees (.pdf)
Module 3 - Hardware Considerations

The recording will be made available here after the live webinar on 7/28.

  • Video: Hardware Overview (15:38 minutes)
  • Slides: Hardware Considerations (.pdf)
Module 4 - Examples, Questions & Answers

The recording will be made available here after the live webinar on 7/28.

  • Video: Example Projects (15:57 minutes)
  • Video: Audience Questions & Answers (21:57 minutes)
  • Slides: Examples, Questions & Answers (.pdf)


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

David Williams

Northwest Drone Pros

David Williams is an FAA Part 107 Certified Drone Pilot and the owner/operator of Northwest Drone Pros. He also currently works as a Technical Advisor at the PACCAR Technical Center. His previous experience includes positions as an Automation Technician, setting up communication equipment in the oilfields of Colorado; and as an Equipment Engineer at Tesla Motors in... Learn more

Keith Perry

Managing Member, Hudson Valley Drones

Keith Perry is the owner and lead drone operator at Hudson Valley Drones. While operating in the UAV space for nearly half a decade, he’s built and maintained a successful drone services company in Upstate New York. Prior to his immersion into the UAV market, he pursued and operated successful ventures in the HVAC and insurance industries. In addition to holding a... 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


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