Drone Mapping and Surveying Program

Program Description:

The Drone Mapping and Surveying Program is an intensive 3-month course designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills required for professional drone-based mapping and surveying. This program covers essential aspects of drone technology, flight planning, data acquisition, processing, and analysis. Participants will engage in hands-on projects, real-world case studies, and practical exercises to develop proficiency in drone mapping and surveying applications.

Duration: 3 Months

Mode of delivery: Virtual

Who Should Attend?

Target Audience:

  • Surveying professionals looking to incorporate drones into their workflow.
  • GIS specialists and technicians seeking to enhance their skills with drone technology.
  • Environmental scientists and researchers interested in aerial data collection.
  • Real estate and construction professionals who require accurate site mapping.
  • Anyone interested in learning about drone technology and its applications in mapping and surveying.

Program Objectives:

  1. To provide a comprehensive understanding of drone technology and its applications in mapping and surveying.
  2. To develop practical skills in flight planning, data acquisition, and processing.
  3. To enable participants to conduct accurate and efficient drone surveys.
  4. To ensure participants can analyze and interpret aerial data effectively.
  5. To foster the ability to integrate drone data with GIS and other mapping tools.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand and apply key principles of drone technology and surveying.
  2. Plan and execute drone flights for mapping and surveying purposes.
  3. Process and analyze aerial data using appropriate software.
  4. Generate accurate maps and 3D models from drone data.
  5. Integrate drone data with GIS systems and other tools.
  6. Conduct detailed surveys for various applications including construction, agriculture, and environmental monitoring.

Program Pre-requisites

  1. Basic understanding of surveying principles.
  2. Familiarity with GIS concepts and software.
  3. Basic knowledge of drone operations is beneficial but not required.


  1. Drones: DJI Phantom, Mavic, or similar with GPS capabilities
  2. Software: Pix4D, DroneDeploy, Agisoft Metashape, ArcGIS
  3. Flight Planning Tools: DJI GS Pro, DroneDeploy
  4. Data Analysis Tools: QGIS, ArcGIS Pro
  5. Hardware: High-performance computer for data processing
  6. Additional Equipment: Ground Control Points (GCPs), RTK GPS

Module 1: Introduction to Drone Mapping and Surveying

Drone mapping and surveying utilize unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) equipped with high-resolution cameras and sensors to collect aerial data efficiently and accurately. This modern approach replaces traditional surveying methods, enabling the creation of detailed maps and 3D models through techniques like photogrammetry, where overlapping images are processed to generate accurate geographical representations. Advanced drones may also use LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) to capture precise topographic information, making this technology invaluable for applications in fields such as construction, agriculture, environmental monitoring, and urban planning.

Module 2: Data Processing and Analysis

This module covers key techniques for data processing and analysis in GIS. It begins with photogrammetry, teaching the principles and workflows for generating 2D maps and 3D models from aerial images. Delegates will then explore data processing software like Pix4D and Agisoft Metashape, focusing on practical data import, processing, and export. The module includes basic and advanced spatial analysis techniques, and concludes with sessions on map creation and interpretation, emphasizing cartographic principles and practical decision-making.

Module 3: Advanced Applications and Project Work

This module explores integrating drones with GIS for advanced applications and industry-specific projects. It covers the basics of GIS integration, advanced GIS applications, and industry-specific uses like agriculture, environmental monitoring, construction, and infrastructure. Delegates learn about advanced surveying techniques including LiDAR, thermal, and multispectral imaging. The module includes a capstone project where participants plan, develop, present, and evaluate their projects, showcasing their skills and understanding.

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Program Experience

Program Delivery

Delivered via video lectures.

Real-World Examples

Delivered through a combination of video and live online lectures.

Applications to Data Sets

Learn through individual assignments and feedback.

Debrief of Learnings

Delivered through a combination of recorded and live video lectures.


Upon successful completion of the program, you will earn a certificate of completion from Indepth Research Institute.

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