UAS-Based Mapping: Basic Principles

CE 59700

Credit Hours:



Ayman Habib

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  1. Identify the key components of a UAS-based mapping system.
  2. Explain the principles of image-based and LiDAR-based mapping.
  3. Describe different coordinate systems and georeferencing alternatives.


This 1-credit module covers the fundamentals of UAS-based mapping from imaging and ranging systems – Including system integration, calibration strategies, and 3D reconstruction techniques.

Topics Covered:

Geomatics Engineering, Sensing Modalities & Mapping Platforms, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/Systems and Applications, Remote Sensing: Electro-Magnetic Radiation Spectrum, Imaging Systems: Basic Optics & Photogrammetric Cameras and Photogrammetric Mapping, LiDAR: Laser Ranging, Datum & Coordinate Systems, Position and Orientation Systems: Global Navigation Satellite Systems & Inertial Navigation Systems, Geo-Referencing Alternatives, Photogrammetric vs. LiDAR Mapping.



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Syllabus, grades, lecture notes, homework assignments, solutions and quizzes


Your learning will be assessed through a combination of participation, homework and quizzes spread throughout the course. Details on these assignments and exams and guidelines on discussion and evaluation will be posted on the course website.  There will be three homework assignments (40 points total) and two quizzes (25 points each).

  • Class participation: 10%
  • Homework:  40%
  • Timed Quizzes:   50%


Official textbook information is now listed in the Schedule of Classes. NOTE: Textbook information is subject to be changed at any time at the discretion of the faculty member. If you have questions or concerns please contact the academic department.

Tentative Textbook Listing: (Optional Textbooks)

  • Mikhail, E., Bethel, J., McGlone, J., 2001. Introduction to Modern Photogrammetry. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • McGlone, C, Mikhail, E., Bethel, J., 2012, Manual of Photogrammetry, Sixth Edition, American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.
  • Wolf, P., Dewitt, B., 2000. Elements of Photogrammetry with Applications in GIS. McGraw-Hill.
  • Krauss, K., 1993. Photogrammetry, Volume 1: Fundamentals and Standard Processes. Dummler/Bonn.
  • Krauss, K., 1997. Photogrammetry, Volume 2: Advanced Methods and Applications. Dummler/Bonn.
  • Shan, J., & Toth, C. K. (Eds.). (2018). Topographic laser ranging and scanning: principles and processing. CRC press.
  • Wujanz, D. (2016). Terrestrial laser scanning for geodetic deformation monitoring. Technische Universitaet Berlin (Germany).
  • Maune, D. F. (Ed.). (2007). Digital elevation model technologies and applications: the DEM users manual. ASPRS Publications.

Additional readings might be provided throughout the course

Software/Web Resources:

  • Working knowledge of basic software such as Matlab, Excel, or similar.