Today I provided an informal training session for interested Keele GGE staff, students and postgraduates, on the use of the Emlid Reach RS GNSS antennas for survey grade georeferencing. The training focused on setup, configuration, survey techniques, potential pitfalls and suggested uses.
I have been using the Emlids since early February 2018 when they were purchased by the department, throughout there use they have proven to be an excellent and cheap alternative to the more familiar GNSS systems offered by the likes of Leica, Trimble and Topcon.
I have safely returned from a successful eight day field trip to Skeiðarárjökull, Iceland to carry out the baseline survey alongside my wife and willing field assistant Sam Davenward. Despite the exceptionally changeable March weather we managed to install permanent control at six localities, carry out UAV flights for Structure from Motion (SfM) photogrammetry and acquire EM-31 conductivity data for each site.
It was great to physically experience the environment I have been learning about for my Literature review and to be able to appreciate the scale of the Ice buried in the subsurface at Skeiðarárjökull.
Thanks to my field assistant (Sam Davenward), supervisors (Dr Richard Waller and Dr Alex Nobajas) and the Skaftafell Rangers for there help and support in relation to this initial fieldtrip, and I look forward to the next season.
It is forbidden to fly drones within Skaftafel National Park without permission from the park rangers. A research permit was granted prior to fieldwork being conducted.