Course Description

Advanced Mapping for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), also known as Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS), builds upon knowledge gained from the GEOS 001 - Basic Mapping for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) course.

In this course, you will leverage skills to advance your UAV data knowledge and interpretation. Learn how to enhance your photogrammetric skills through the derivation of:

  • orthophoto mosaics,
  • Digital Terrain Models (DTM),
  • Digital Elevation Models (DSM)
  • and Digital Surface Models (DSM).

Gain an understanding of surface development through the processing of Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data. A process comparison between the photogrammetry and LiDAR process and data is used to generate additional products such as tree canopy models and volumetric calculations. Lastly, you will examine image processing using data derived from multi-spectral and hyper-spectral sensors.

Learner Outcomes

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

  • Explain advanced Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) technology.
  • Conduct advanced flight planning and mapping to obtain UAS data.
  • Incorporate survey-grade GNSS and ground control points into a UAV mission.
  • Plan an advanced UAS mission using current mission planning software tools.
  • Use the principals of photogrammetry to process data.


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.


GEOS 001 - Basic Mapping for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)
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