Course Description

Basic Mapping for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), also known as Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS), introduces the mapping process for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).

In this course, you will examine components of a UAS, generate maps in ArcGIS Pro to support field operations and create UAS mission plans using Pix4DCapture. You’ll also use the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology to derive Ground Control Points (GCPs) and apply process imagery using photogrammetry software.

Participants will work with existing data as well as processing data to collect during field missions.

Learner Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) technology.
  • Create a flight plan in support of a UAS mission.
  • Compile and manage data to support mapping operations.
  • Describe the Ground Control Point (GCP) capture process.
  • Describe the UAS mission planning process.
  • Process UAS data using the principals of photogrammetry.


Required Software:

Students are required to use ArcGIS and Pix4D software for this course. Students who do not own or have access to these software packages will be issued vouchers.

Students must also have access to a drone and a memory card to enable flying of a mission and gathering data in this course. We recommend using any Pix4Dcapture supported drones stated in the following link: Pix4Dcapture supported drones, cameras and controllers – Support.

  • Students are required to have a computer with a Windows Operating System. Technical Support is not available for Mac users.
  • Dual monitors are beneficial but not necessary.
  • Computers should have microphones and speakers.

Note: Your computer must meet ArcGIS’s System Requirements to run their software. Visit Pix4DCapture’s Support Page on software and drone compatibility.

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