UAS-Based Photogrammetric Mapping

CE 59700

Credit Hours:



Ayman Habib

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Explain the principles of image-based mapping.
  2. Identify/select systems/sensors/platforms and design flight plan to meet the needs of a specific application.
  3. Conduct a UAS-based mapping project using an imaging system.
  4. Evaluate the quality of UAS-based photogrammetric products.


This 1-credit module covers the principles and mathematical details of photogrammetric 3D reconstruction from imaging systems onboard UAVs.

Topics Covered:

Photogrammetry; Vertical Photography; Photogrammetry Mission Planning; Vector/Matrix Manipulation Basics; Error/Uncertainty Propagation; Point Positioning Equations; Theory of Photogrammetric Orientation; Camera and System Calibration; Photogrammetric Bundle Adjustment;  Orthophoto Generation


Successful complete Module 1: “UAS-Based Mapping: Basic Principles” or equivalent as a prerequisite

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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.

Additional readings might be provided throughout the course

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