Skip to main content

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Applications for Geomatics SURV 1125

Surveying 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 presents an introduction into the applications of imagery acquired by an UAS to the field of Geomatics and related fields including resource management, forestry and mining. It provides training in the application of photogrammetric techniques with an emphasis on project planning, execution and quality control. Upon completion, the student can be expected to understand how to safely operate an UAS for the purpose of stereo image acquisition and have a functional knowledge of how to plan and conduct a photogrammetric UAS mission, perform aerial triangulation and produce a DEM and orthophoto mosaic. While there is no prerequisite for this course, a basic understanding of UAV operations is highly recommended.


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.



Domestic fees


Course offerings

Spring/Summer 2024

Below is one offering of SURV 1125 for the Spring/Summer 2024 term.

CRN 66881


Sat Apr 20 - Sat Jun 01 (6 weeks)

  • 6 weeks
  • CRN 66881
  • Domestic fees $550.70
    International fees are typically 3.12 times the domestic tuition.
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Apr 20 - Jun 01 Sat 09:30 - 15:20 Online


Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Domestic fees


Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  3. International fees are typically 3.12 times the domestic tuition. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.
  4. No class on May 18, 2024 - Victoria Day weekend. A basic understanding of UAV operations is highly recommended. You may proceed to register for this course online, or by contacting Student Information and Enrollment Services (SIES) at 604-434-1610 or 1-866-434-1610 Toll-Free (Canada and US only).


This course offering has been cancelled. Please check back next term or subscribe to receive email updates.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Describe all the pertinent regulations regarding safe UAS operations.
  • Explain the various systems and components of an UAS.
  • Generate a mock SOFC and gain insight into application process.
  • Apply basic aircraft principles to safe UAS operation.
  • Demonstrate the function of each UAS system including vehicle, ground control and communications.
  • Carry out UAS and camera calibration before flight.
  • Evaluate camera calibration parameters and how they affect quality assurance.
  • Advise a client on the types of systems, techniques and products that would be most effective in achieving their mapping requirements, given a set of project specifications.
  • Design a mapping project based on achieving a set of given product and accuracy criteria.
  • Carry out a safe image acquisition project using pre-planned, semi-autonomous flight.
  • Apply photogrammetric principles to import acquired imagery and properly orient the photos.
  • Perform an aerialtriangulation to improve project accuracy using supplemental control.
  • Generate a digital elevation model using acquired images.
  • Generate an orthophoto mosaic using the acquired imagery and a dense LiDAR dataset.
  • Identify the main quality control factors.
  • Compare accuracy of produced DEM to a higher-order dataset (i.e. surveyed targets).
  • Compare accuracy of produced orthophoto mosaic to Google Earth.

Effective as of Fall 2016


Interested in being notified about future offerings of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Applications for Geomatics (SURV 1125)? If so, fill out the information below and we'll notify you by email when courses for each new term are displayed here.

  • Privacy Notice: The information you provide will be used to respond your request for BCIT course information and is collected under Section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). For more information about BCIT’s privacy practices contact: Associate Director, Privacy, Information Access & Policy Management, British Columbia Institute of Technology, 3700 Willingdon Ave. Burnaby, BC V5A 3H2, email: