UAS Based Mapping: Basic Principles

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


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Learning Objective:

 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

Topics Covered:

Geomatics Engineering, Sensing Modalities & Mapping Platforms, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/Systems and Applications, Remote Sensing: Elector-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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Web Content:

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% 


Tentative 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.

Computer Software Resources:

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