GGR440H5 Drone Remote Sensing

GGR440 Course Desciption

Course Description

Industries from agriculture through to defense and mining are investing in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) technology to support operational and strategic objectives. This course will cover the adoption of UAV technologies as a remote sensing tool and the impact of logistical, regulatory and technical hurdles on UAV technology now and in the future. Through the course, students will gain the knowledge requirements to operate a UAV following Transport Canada guidelines and develop skills in processing UAV imagery into information assets that support applications where high resolution, spatial accuracy and high detail is required. This course fulfills one field day.

Credits: Science

Lecture hours: 24

Practicum hours: 12

Prerequisite: 14.0 credits including GGR337H5

Core Skills Developed

  • sensors and platforms
  • sUAS applications
  • optical sensor calibration
  • Transport Canada rules and regulations for owning and operating a sUAS in Canada
  • concept of operation for sUAS
  • data processing software
  • generation of digital data products (e.g., point clouds, orthorectified imagery, 3D models and terrain surfaces)
  • sUAS flight and data collection practices