651-4280-00L  Application of Small Drones for Geological Data Acquisition

SemesterSpring Semester 2021
LecturersM. Ziegler
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentNumber of participants limited to 10.


651-4280-00 GApplication of Small Drones for Geological Data Acquisition
Block course taking place on:

Theory: 3 August 2021
Practical: 4-5 August 2021
15s hrs
02.08.09:15-17:00NO D 11 »
M. Ziegler

Catalogue data

AbstractRemote sensing data from unmanned airborne platforms are increasingly used in industry, public sector, and science. Geological applications include but are not limited to high-resolution photographic images, photogrammetric 2.5D modelling, spectral imaging, or laserscanning. The course will teach the necessary skills to plan, setup, and carry out drone flights for photogrammetric data acquisition.
ObjectiveThe major goal of this workshop is to teach the student the necessary details to plan and carry out a safe and successful UAV flight in typcial geological outdoor environments. At the end of the course the student should be familiar with the important aspects of flight planning and UAV (copter system) operation. Successful course participation, including practical training and a case study report, will allow the student to use the Earth Science Department's drone system for her or his MSc project.
ContentThe course contains a theoretical and a practical part.

The theory part includes:
- Regulations on operating Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in Switzerland and abroad
- Drone systems and capabilities
- Introduction in photogrammetric data processing
- UAV flight planning for copter systems
- Procedure to deploy the drone in your project

The practical part includes:
- UAV flight planning (for flights at a test location, for the student's field area / case study)
- Manual and (semi)automated UAV flights

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits1 credit
ExaminersM. Ziegler
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationSuccessful course participation, including practical training and a case study report.

Learning materials

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Places10 at the most
PriorityRegistration for the course unit is until 12.02.2021 only possible for the primary target group
Primary target groupEarth Sciences MSc (660000)
Waiting listuntil 19.04.2021
End of registration periodRegistration only possible until 26.04.2021

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