Mapping Techniques Using Drones

Course Level 3: Advanced

Estimated Study Time: 2-3 hours

This course begins by describing how drones are used to create accurate maps using GPS functionality. You will learn about different types of maps that can be created using a drone and what is involved in planning out a flight for creating a map. The course describes the common aerial views used in mapping and how to achieve good image quality. The course then introduces the process of image overlap and how it is used to get the best results in post-processing. You will learn about the software used to process images on a computer to create maps, and how 3D models are made from hundreds of overlapping still images.

Finally, you will learn about drone mapping in practice and how it can be used to help people. You will learn about community mapping, which encourages community members to make spatial representations of their own land. The course also describes cadastral mapping, the spatial representation of cadastre records, and how archaeologists and geologists use drone mapping as part of their studies.

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