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Timber Volume Quantification using Cloud-based Image Processing XRPA 1400

Intro to Forest Health Quantification Using RPAS Course

International Fees

International fees are typically 3.12 times the domestic tuition. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.

Course details

​This course starts with a thorough overview of how digital surface and terrain models (DSM and DTM) are created and the different options for establishing relative and absolute accuracy using camera calibration and ground control points (GCPs). Based on an accurate DSM, specific techniques for estimating timber volume are presented and discussed. The final steps are to present the means which these digital timber volume estimates can be verified in the field.


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.



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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Create digital surface models for the purpose of determining timber volume estimation.
  • Demonstrate the ability to assess horizontal and vertical accuracy of a DSM.
  • Interpret DSM for the purpose of estimating timber volume
  • Demonstrate the ability to assess the accuracy of timber volume estimation
  • Apply field techniques to quantify timber volume for the purpose of comparison to DSM data.

Effective as of Winter 2022

Related Programs

Timber Volume Quantification using Cloud-based Image Processing (XRPA 1400) is offered as a part of the following programs:

  • Indicates programs accepting international students.
  • Indicates programs with a co-op option.

School of Construction and the Environment

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


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