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Teaching

UAS/multicopter related teaching activities (copter data analysis and/or flight planning) as part of the “Master of Science in Geoinformatics” and as part of the BSc Geography at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena:

GEO143 Digital Cartography & GIS, (5 Credits, BSc Geography, first year)

  • Introduction to / “State of the Art” of UAS/UAV systems (regularly updated) – overview UAS systems for civil/land surface applications vers. military applications, other commerical application scenarios, clients and main cooperations operating UAS systems, most recent developments (copter-glider-hybrids), recent Off-The-Shelf systems and sensors, specific sensor solutions for UAS.
  • Intro: regulatory framework in Germany – international regulations for UAS flights, insurances needed, costs involved.
  • Basics of operation and handling of quadro-/octocopters, flight control system, flight sensors: primary and secondary, safety systems, RTH/AT/ functions,
  • flight modi, autonomous flights and related restrictions, manual controlled flights, position control/GPS/Alti control,

GEO212 Earth Observation I (5 Credits, Earth Observation Image Processing), BSc Geography, second year:

  • Intro to UAS data pre-processing, HDR data processing, chromatic aberr. control, raw data capture and processing, photogrammetry software overview, processing of point clouds and georeferenced ortho corrected & stitched/mosaiced multispectral data, commercial and open source software solutions, cloud service/iOS/Android based App services with subscription.

GEO214 Earth Observation II (5 Credits, Advance EO data Processing Techniques), BSc Geography, second year:

  • Quadrocopter flight planning software, considerations for flight plans, weather/temperature restrictions, planned area coverage vers. overlap vers. flight altitude vers. resolution, flight book update, safety considerations, sensor/IMU calibration, compass calibration, GPS satellite monitoring,
  • Quadrocopter handling, transport and LiPo management.
  • Practical excercise: flight demo with vegetation mapping and object height mapping in the field, obstacle avoidance demo, nadir and horizontal overlap data capture demo, flight plan demo,
  • full RAW data post processing, spectral vegetation mapping with GreenIndex calculations and OBIA mapping of 3-5 different vegetation cover classes.
  • Point cloud data analysis, object modelling, surface interpolation, voxel attribution – CAD software integration, 3D point cloud animations.

GEO402 Land Surface Parameters (10 Credits, Project Work and Poster Presentations), MSc Geoinformatics:

  • Introduction to / “State of the Art” of UAS multicopter systems (regularly updated) – overview UAS systems for civil/land surface applications, other application scenarios, clients and main industries operating UAS systems, most recent technological developments (copter-glider hybrids), Off-The-Shelf systems and sensors (consumer/professional/industrial), specific sensor solutions for UASs,
  • regulatory framework in Germany for operating an UAS – international regulations for UAS flights, insurances, costs
  • basics of operation and handling of quadro-/octocopters, flight control system, flight sensors: primary and secondary, safety systems, RTH/AT/ functions,
  • flight modi, autonomous flights and related restrictions, manual flight, position control /GPS/Alti control.
  • UAS data pre-processing, HDR data processing, chromatic aberr. control, raw data capture and processing, photogrammetry software, processing of point clouds and georeferenced ortho corrected & stitched/mosaiced multispectral data, commerical and open source software solutions, cloud service/iOS/Android based App services with subscription.

GEO409 Data Exploration in Remote Sensing, (10 Credits, VHR/UAS and OBIA data analysis different applicational scenarios, weekly OBIA excercises – each with feedback session), MSc Geoinformatics:

  • Quadrocopter flight planning software, considerations for flight plans, weather/temperature restrictions, planned area coverage vers. overlap vers. flight altitude vers. resolution, flight book, safety considerations, sensor/IMU calibration, compass calibration, GPS satellite monitoring,
  • Quadrocopter handling, transport and LiPo management,
  • practical excercise: flight demo with vegetation mapping and object height mapping in the field, obstacle avoidance demo, nadir and horizontal overlap data capture demo, flight plan demo,
  • full RAW data post processing, spectral vegetation mapping with GreenIndex calculations and OBIA mapping of 3-5 different vegetation cover classes,
  • point cloud calculations using UAV photogrammetry, Agisoft Photoscan Demo. , OBIA based mapping of cloud densities, DSM calculation and UTM/WGS84 georeferencing,
  • error source analysis, height measurements with multi copter flights revisited,
  • combining point clouds from different photogrammetric data processing projects, Agisoft Photoscan Demo.
  • Introducing the “Lastools” collection, processing strategies and input data types.
  • Point cloud data analysis, object modelling, surface interpolation, voxel attribution – CAD software integration, 3D point cloud animation.
  • Point cloud mapping and analysis functionality in eCognition – OBIA analysis strategies with point clouds.
  • Validation of point cloud information / comparison with TLS derived point clouds.