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Prepare for the mapping use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

Advanced Photogrammetry and Mapping with UAS—Graduate Certificate

Advanced Photogrammetry and Mapping with UAS

Meet the industry demand for skills in the exploration of geospatial data.

Gain applied geospatial science and technology skills, including sensors and their calibration methods. Learn digital photogrammetry and photogrammetric computer vision. Engage in UAS flight planning and Earth Observation Systems (EOS) imagery photogrammetric processing. Formulate digital representations of 2D products and 3D models. Expand your career in geospatial engineering and integrated geospatial technology, civil engineering, forestry, geosciences, computational sciences, and computer engineering.  Be prepared for the professional certifications as ASPRS Mapping Scientists or UAS Scientists. The median geospatial engineer salary is about $85,000 per year. Photogrammetry jobs average about $81,000 per year.

3 courses in 3 semesters.

Department Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
Admissions requirement BS degree.
Contact Angela Keranen
Length 3 courses in 2-3 semesters
Effort 3 hours per credit per week
Each course 3 credits
Total credits 9
Course type Online or on-campus
Modality Watch class recordings on demand
Cost Based on credits and course type
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Progress quickly with a compact curriculum.

Work with the program advisor to select courses that fit your interests and pre-requisite skills.

Take 6 credits of required courses.

SU 4140 - Photogrammetry

Basic principles of photogrammetry and its role as a technology for spatial data collection. Use of photogrammetry in the fields of surveying, engineering, and geographic information management will be discussed.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-2-2)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall

SU 5540 - Advanced Photogrammetry - Satellite Photogrammetry

Fundamentals of spaceborne imaging systems relevant to topographic mapping. Imagery products: preprocessing levels and metadata. Specific methods of space photogrammetry. Review of contemporary spaceborne imaging systems and imagery products available. Airborne non-frame sensors and photogrammetric processing of the imagery.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-2-3)
  • Semesters Offered: On Demand
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate
  • Pre-Requisite(s): SU 4140

Take a 3 credit elective course.

SU 5541 - Close-range Photogrammetry

The main topics that will be covered are: math fundamentals; imaging technology; the photogrammetric process; image acquisition planning; interior orientation; bundle block adjustment; 3D plotting; orthoprojection; image-matching techniques; and close range photogrammetry applications.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: On Demand
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate
  • Pre-Requisite(s): SU 4140

SU 5010 - Geospatial Concepts, Technologies, and Data

High-level review of geospatial data acquisition systems, sensors and associated processing technologies. Course considers geospatial metadata generation principles, interoperability, and major tools for manipulation with geospatial data. Course may help in transition of non-geospatial majors to geospatial field.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Integrated Geospatial Tech, Surveying Engineering, Geospatial Engineering

SU 5142 - 3D Surveying and Modeling with Laser Scanner Data

Theory and application of terrestrial LIDAR scanning. Typical application scenarios are also included. Intensive lab component provides hands-on experience in LIDAR point cloud processing and visualization.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-2-1)
  • Semesters Offered: On Demand
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

SU 5013 - Hydrographic Mapping and Surveying

This course comprises theory and applications of hydrographic mapping technologies. Typical application scenarios are covered. An intensive lab component provides hands-on experience in hydrographic data processing and visualization.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-2-1)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring

The minimum completion time is one semester.

Here is a typical schedule.

Fall Spring
SU 4140 SU 5540
SU 5541

Interested in taking a single, online course? Enroll as a non-degree seeking student.

Upon completion of the Certificate the student should be able to:

  1. Solve photogrammetric engineering problems, and apply their solution to real world application scenarios.
  2. Process photogrammetrically UAS and satellite imagery to extract positionally accurate geospatial information.

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Meet the online certified instructors.

Students have the flexibility to review class recordings later.

Filiberto Chiabrando

Filiberto Chiabrando

Adjunct Associate Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Teaching Statement

Dr. Chiabrando has lectured on 3D Surveying and Modeling with Laser Scanner Data 3CFU and Close Range-Photogrammetry 3CFU.

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Jeffery Hollingsworth

Jeffery Hollingsworth

Professor of Practice, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Teaching Statement

Mr. Hollingsworth has most recently taught courses in (1) Geospatial Monitoring of Engineering Structures and Geodynamic Processes and (2) Surveying Computations and Adjustments.

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Alfred Leick

Alfred Leick

Adjunct Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Teaching Statement

Dr. Leick has taught courses on estimation, geodesy, and GPS positioning.

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Eugene Levin, CP

Eugene Levin, CP

Associate Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Teaching Statement

Dr. Levin's teaching interests include Earth observation systems, geodesy, photogrammetry, geospatial technologies, global positioning systems, remote sensing, cartography, and much more.

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Roman Shults

Roman Shults

Adjunct Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Teaching Statement

Dr. Shults teaches courses related to geomatics and geospatial data science and technology.

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Petr Titarov

Petr Titarov

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Teaching Statement

Petr Titarov teaches Advanced Photogrammetry—Satellite Photogrammetry, as well as lecturing on Space Photogrammetry.

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