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Fundamentals of Relevant Sensors and Flight Planning XRPA 1200

Intro to Forest Health Quantification Using RPAS Course

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.





Course offerings

Winter 2023

Below is one offering of XRPA 1200 for the Winter 2023 term.

CRN 90093


Mon Mar 06 - Sat Mar 11 (4 days)

  • 4 days
  • CRN 90093
  • $227.83
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Mar 06 - Mar 11 Mon, Wed, Fri 08:30 - 11:30 Online
Mar 06 - Mar 11 Sat 12:30 - 15:30 Burnaby


Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.



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 at the BCIT Burnaby Campus.


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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. Introduction to Forest Health Quantification with RPAS
    Microcredential Part-time


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