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TunnelVision™ – Using Drones to Build 3D Models of Underground Colorado Gold Mines, PLUS Fort Lewis College student poster session

December 13, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Free – $20.00

Chris Putnam and Maurice Foye present on using drones to build 3D models of underground gold mines.

In 2017 DragonflyAI coordinated with Newmont Mining to further develop the ability to utilize UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) technology in underground mining systems. This technology allows for infrastructure quantification including asset location, volumetric calculation, planning visualization and more. This breakthrough was a technological challenge in capturing and building photogrammetric data sets without the aid of satellites and GPS systems.

Mr. Putnam has been with DragonflyAI since 2014 leading a team of specialized staff with what has become an industry leading UAS company.  In 2016 DragonflyAI was acquired by HRL Compliance Solutions, Inc. and integrated into several environmental program within the oil and gas, mining, transportation, agriculture, and recreation industries. Mr. Putnam was a key developer of several proprietary trademarked services that currently lead the drone industry in several sectors. His detailed knowledge of the technology has led to the successful implementation of several R&D concepts to market. With the vast experience in R&D and delivering actionable data, Mr. Putnam continues to lead HRL’s UAS capabilities through everyday application.


PLUS – Fort Lewis College graduating seniors will present undergraduate research posters at the social hour. Make sure to be there early to view all the posters!


Fort Lewis students and topics include:

Mateo Sanabria – New geochronology of plutons in the Wilson Range
Isaac Korce and Luke Dohm – Geomorphic mapping and terrace geochronology in Bears Ears National Monument
Sierra Heimel – Lithologic influences on cave formation, Grand Canyon NP
Paula Pletnikoff – Assessing impact of climate-change-driven river capture, Yukon Territory
Jonathan Montano – Assessing extent of Uranium contamination at the Durango Dog Park
Jade Colbert – Using drones to survey movement of the Missionary Ridge Rockfall in 2018
Colin Scheaffer – Thermo-kinematic modeling of exhumation rates in the central Himalaya
Brandon Miller – Using historic aerial photographs and new technology to measure movement of the Engineer Mtn rock glacier
Jeremy Bekis – Uranium mineland remediation on the Navajo Nation (internship)
Otto Lang – Taking the pulse of Kilauea Volcano: Using zoned olivine to decipher magmatic timescales



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December 13, 2018
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Free – $20.00


Vallecito Room – Student Union – Fort Lewis College
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, CO 81301 United States
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