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Fundamentals of Relevant Sensors and Flight Planning XRPA 1200

Intro to Forest Health Quantification Using RPAS Course

International Fees

International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.

Course details

​This course introduces students to practical and thoeretical skills on how to carryout a proper site survey and provides the basics of how to mission plan a drone flight. EMR theory is reviewed and the basics of passive remote sensors are discussed. This leads to an overview of applications of multi-spectral and thermal sensors with a goal of setting up a sensor for image acquisition.​


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.



Domestic fees


Course offerings

Winter 2024

Below is one offering of XRPA 1200 for the Winter 2024 term.

CRN 90093


Mon Jan 15 - Sun Mar 17 (1 week)

  • 1 week
  • CRN 90093
  • Domestic fees $228.05
    International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees.
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 15 - Jan 19 Mon, Wed, Fri 09:00 - 10:30 Online
Jan 20 Sat 09:30 - 12:30 Other

Eric Saczuk

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Domestic fees


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. International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.
  3. The field lab on Saturday for this course will take place in either Kamloops or Salmon Arm. This Microcredential is part of a training initiative to provide workers with new skills needed to support a clean economy. It is temporarily being fully funded for Canadian citizens and permanent residents by Canadian Colleges for a Resilient Recovery (C2R2) and the Government of Canada. Please contact to register.

In Progress and Full

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Identify the main components of a site survey.
  • Use the appropriate software applications to help conduct a site survey.
  • Design a flight plan for the successful acquisition of multi-spectral imagery of a forest stand.
  • Understand electro-magnetic radiation theory as it pertains to cameras and sensors.
  • Differentiate between passive and active sensorsDescribe characteristics common to multi-spectral sensors.
  • Recall Air photo basics.
  • Understand how multi-spectral and thermal sensors are applied in industry for a variety of uses.
  • Differentiate between non-radiometric and radiometric thermal images.
  • Recall NDVI equation and applications.
  • Demonstrate the ability to correctly setup a multi-spectral and thermal sensor in preparation for image capture.
  • Configure multispectral sensor and apply mission planning techniques to capture a sample dataset.

Effective as of Winter 2022

Related Programs

Fundamentals of Relevant Sensors and Flight Planning (XRPA 1200) 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
  2. Introduction to Forest Health Quantification with RPAS
    Microcredential Part-time


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