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Three students in the woods with a drone on a picnic table

BCIT instructors have been finding creative ways to incorporate RPAS into their instruction.

Recent examples

  • Renewable Resources: Using RPAS to map the extent of the looper moth infestation in the Capilano watershed
  • Civil Engineering: Using RPAS to improve students’ understanding of water flow and storm water modeling
  • Construction and the Environment: Capturing aerial footage of a gravel quarry for a mine management course
  • Business and Media: Collecting video and still imagery for students to use in media classes
  • Natural Resources and Engineering/Learning and Teaching Centre: Filming aerial shots for virtual models of shorelines that will be used to assess coastal sustainability

Student projects under supervision

Four students in a classroom with two drones
  • Ecological Restoration: Application of RPAS to monitor and map the effect of goose exclosures on vegetation restoration in a tidal marsh area
  • Geomatics: Thermal mapping of a glacier using RPAS
  • Geomatics/Forest and Natural Areas Management: Application of multispectral, RPAS-based imagery to detect and identify root rot and other diseases in west coast forest stands
  • Geomatics: Application of multispectral, RPAS-based imagery to assess forest health and estimate post-harvest salvageable timber volume
  • Environmental Engineering, Building Science, and Geomatics: Visualization of a vertical temperature profile related to urban heat island effects

Read about other internal research and instruction at BCIT.

See also collaborations with industry partners.