Mapping with Drones 2 builds upon many of the foundational skills covered in the GIS Skills and Mapping with Drones 1 courses. You will learn how to conduct specific project applications using advanced flight route planning, Global Navigation Satellite Systems(GNSS), ground control survey and accuracy assessments, ground classification and volume analysis processes. You will leave the course with the ability to apply these skills in a variety of work or recreational settings.
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
plan flight routes over complex terrain and obstacles
plan and execute RTK GNSS, ground control surveys to calibrate and validate drone data
assess and report on spatial accuracy
process drone data using WebODM advanced options and evaluate outputs
conduct and validate cut/fill volume analysis
perform advanced raster analysis from data outputs
Software and computer requirements:
This program will use a variety of open geospatial software including: Google Earth, QGIS, Web Open Drone Mapping (ODM), and Map Pilot Pro. The ODM software will have an associated fee of $79 (for the program) to support a streamlined software set up. Specific software instructions will be provided upon acceptance to the program. Therefore, software should not be downloaded prior to that time.
The minimum hardware requirements are listed below. These requirements have been tested and enable a student to process data and complete assignments in a reasonable amount of time. The hardware specified is not meant to represent the hardware necessary for commercial drone work.
Minimum Hardware / Software Windows
Windows 8 or newer
8th Generation Intel i5 or higher processor with 8GB of RAM
20GB free disk space Note: Additional RAM, an SSD hard drive, and newer generation processors will process datasets more rapidly.
Minimum Hardware / Software macOS
macOS 11 or newer
Mac hardware produced 2010 or later that supports virtualization
8GB of RAM
20GB free disk space
8GB of RAM Note: Additional RAM, an SSD hard drive, and newer generation processors will process datasets more rapidly.
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A full course refund will only be provided if you withdraw from the course prior to the course start date. A refund, less a $15 administrative fee, will be issued if you withdraw within 6 calendar days after the official course start date. Depending on your method of payment, a refund will be either mailed to you or credited to your credit card.
Continuing Studies statement on use of educational technology
This course may use education technology such as internet-based applications or cloud services. In order to complete this course you may be required to either consent to the disclosure of your personal information outside of Canada to enable use of these technologies, or work with the Division of Continuing Studies to explore other privacy protective options (such as using an alias or nickname).