What is this course about?
This UAS surveying course is about the creation of maps, 3D models, and other geographical data via drone. It is most commonly done by taking many images at different locations and then using software to merge them all together, creating a geometrically accurate map or model. In practice, this is accomplished using software that automates both flight and image capture.
Visual images, maps, and models are the most common deliverables. UAS surveying also encompasses data captured with infrared and multispectral / hyperspectral cameras. By utilizing different sensors and capture methods, drones are able to provide useful data to a wide range of industries. This course will show you how to do this and more.
Who is this course for?
This course is designed for UAS pilots looking to expand their skillset to include surveying, mapping, or modeling. It will lead you through the basics of UAS surveying from flight planning to data capture. No prior knowledge of the subject matter is required.
What’s the structure of the course?
The course is divided into four modules;
- Basics and Terminology
- Capture and Processing Methods
- Surveying Jobs
At the end there is a 30 question quiz to test your understanding of the material.
What are the prerequisites for the surveying course?
Ownership of a drone, as well as basic drone flying ability is assumed. No prior knowledge of surveying is required.
What will I be able to do after this course?
This course will give you the knowledge to start performing drone based surveying jobs. You will be familiar with the types of data that need to be collected for both 2.5D (mapping) and 3D (modeling) surveying work, as well as how to effectively capture images for both cases. The information is geared towards visual photogrammetry, but the same methods apply to thermal mapping, multispectral imaging, and other remote sensors.