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Applications of RPAS to Quantifying Green Economy Metrics XRPA 1600

Intro to Forest Health Quantification Using RPAS Course

Course details

​Thorough introduction to applied GIS-based analysis of color, multi-spectral and radiometric thermal orthomosaics including normalized difference vegetation indices (NDVI), 3D thermal building envelope inspection and assessing transportation corridor risks.​


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.





Course offerings

Spring/Summer 2023

Below is one offering of XRPA 1600 for the Spring/Summer 2023 term.

CRN 69001


Mon May 29 - Mon Jun 03 (1 week)

  • 1 week
  • CRN 69001
  • $218.96
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
May 29 - Jun 02 Mon, Wed, Fri 08:30 - 10:00 Online
Jun 03 - Jun 03 Sat 09:30 - 12:30 Other

Eric Saczuk

Course outline




Important information
  1. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  2. The field lab on Saturday for this course will take place in Whistler.

In Progress and Full

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Competently use QGIS software to combine multi-spectral orthomosaics to create NDVI layers.
  • Quantify forest health using NDVI.
  • Apply 3D radiometric models for building envelope assessment.
  • Evaluate the risks associated with transportation networks using high resolution color orthomosaics.
  • Assess agricultural environmental risks using DTM and thermal orthomosaics​.

Effective as of Winter 2023

Related Programs

Applications of RPAS to Quantifying Green Economy Metrics (XRPA 1600) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Drone Applications for Environmental Risk Assessment
    Microcredential Part-time


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