8 Week Semester

Drone Mapping Boot Camp

We've been asked many times over the years of teaching our popular mapping boot camp.. When will you offer an evening class to work with busy schedules? How about now?....

This boot camp will include the same in-depth drone mapping instruction as our flagship mapping class. Albeit with shorter class times and 16 total sessions over an 8 week period, students will benefit from the following:

  • Short class sessions (2 hours each): will allow the instructor and the students to focus in on specific concepts and allow ample time for questions, examples and exercises.
  • ​Slower pace overall: will allow students to absorb the content from a session, then leave class with time to reinforce the concepts prior to the next session, at which time they can get clarity on any of the concepts they are fuzzy on.
  • Practice Time: with short class sessions and the class stretched over 8 weeks, students will have the opportunity to practice what was learned in between session. Which will lead to better comprehension and more confident application of the concepts.  Students can re-run exercises and test data sets and come back to class with a much better sense of workflow. 
  • Ongoing Collaboration with Fellow Students: our boot camps are known for being a place where beneficial relationships begin. In this 8 week setting, students will have the opportunity to collaborate in order to enhance the learning experience as they help and encourage each other.
  • More time for Exercises and Examples: this 8 week setting will allow for guest instructors who are in the field serving clients in the drone mapping field. They'll be able to share specific examples of their experiences including what they've done well and what they'd do different and better.


We are now offering a second semester!

Option 1
 Starting January 12th: Meet every Tuesday/Thursday at 4:00pm MST
Option 2
Starting February 15th: Meet every Monday/Wednesday at 7:00pm CST

Don't wait to register, especially if this is the mapping boot camp format you've been waiting for. Seats are limited and demand for drone mapping knowledge is growing.

Have questions about the class? Call us @ 505.236.4040

Classes will be either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday for 8 weeks.

Class schedule subject to change

Class Schedule:

T/Th from 4-6pm MST 

 M/W from 7-9pm CST

Session 1

January 12, 2021

February 15, 2021

History and Applications/Deliverables of Photogrammetry

Session 2

January 14, 2021

February 17, 2021

Mapping Basics: Industry Pricing Examples, Equipment, Macro Workflow

Session 3

January 19, 2021

February 22, 2021

How Drone Mapping Works, Processing Workflow, Acquisition Methods

Session 4

January 21, 2021

February 24, 2021

Comparison of Processing Software Options (Pix4D, Drone Deploy, Maps Made Easy, Ground Station Pro, Etc.)

Session 5

January 26, 2021

March 1, 2021

Principles of Georeferencing, Ground Control Points & GPS

Session 6

January 28, 2021

March 3, 2021

Pix4D Processing Workflow and Exercise 1

Session 7

February 2, 2021

March 8, 2021

GCP Marking, Quality Report Analysis, Ellipsoid and Projection Error 

Session 8

February 4, 2021

March 10, 2021

Point Cloud Construction in Relative Space: 3D Modeling Construction without GCP's

Session 9

February 9, 2021

March 15, 2021

Scaling Projects, Orientating Projects, Point Cloud Video Animation 

Session 10

February 11, 2021

March 17, 2021

Point Cloud Editing, Point Layering, Image Annotation Tool, and Advanced Reconstruction Methods

Session 11

February 16, 2021

March 22, 2021

Mapping Acquisition Strategies, Grids, Double Grids, Quad Grids, Orbits, and Freeflight. Which Method for Which Deliverable? 

Session 12

February 18, 2021

March 24, 2021

Exercise 3: Workflow Challenge - Recreate environment in correct order in under 30 minutes

Session 13

February 23, 2021

March 29, 2021

Manual Tie Point Construction, Rules for MTP Locations, and Formula for Using MTPs in Complex Models

Session 14

February 25, 2021

March 31, 2021

Exercise 4: Merging Point Clouds vs. Aligning Point clouds; (Multi-project vs. Singular Project) 

Session 15

March 2, 2021

April 5, 2021

Exercise 5: Linear Measurements, Poly Line Creation
 Exercise 6: Volumetric Measurements

Session 16

March 4, 2021

April 7, 2021

Exercise 6 & Deliverables: Uploading Models Online and Client Interaction

What Can I Expect from this Class

Photogrammetry 101: History, Point Clouds,  Where to Use

The History of Photogrammetry
Typical Deliverables, Pricing and Delivery Methods
Photogrammetry vs. Lidar
Georeferencing & Ground control points...target and GPS. 
Practical Exercises to demonstrate initial workflow with GCPs
Ground Control Point Distribution, learn why its like legs of table, Creation and Implementation
Orthomosaic Construction 
Image Optimization, Shutter & workflow effect. 
Multi-Rotors Vs. Fixed Wing Acquisition Methods
Point Cloud Construction
Orthomosaic Delivery and Additional Orthomosaic Construction Options (Pix4D React)
GCP Marking Workflow, How to reduce projection error and ellipsoid error 
Learn how to point cloud construction in relative space
MTP Construction, Orientation Constraints and Scale Constraints
Advanced MTP Workflows for Complex 3d Modeling and Construction
Resource Guides: Pre-Flight Checklist, Mapping Workflow Documents and more. 
 Students will go through a minimum of 6 practical exercises.  Working through each dataset step by step...by step. 

Image Acquisition via Practical Flight Missions

 Virtual Flight Missions - in these flight missions, you'll learn, practice how to fly drones to acquire data for drone mapping. You'll learn the imperative relationship between the two processes and how it can affect your bottom line. 
        Learn how to use multiple acquisition apps.  Learn which apps work for which mapping deliverables. Pix4D Capture, Drone Deploy and Map Pilot to acquire images with a basic method to ensure façade data capture.
        Learn the differences between orbital missions, orbital multi-missions and formulas for complex image acquisition.  Learn the field tested formulas to create life like models for historical preservation, interactive marketing, video game environment modeling, or VFX modeling.
        how to use manual flight capture methods to create models the competition won't be able to replicate.
        we'll spend time in class discussing the results of each exercise including evaluation of how the student can make adjustments to achieve even better results. If students cannot fly, they will be provided with test data they can use as an additional exercise
 Bonus: learn how to "pull" ground control points with various RTK GPS Units. 
 Bonus: gain access to advanced mapping resources to learn how to work with Leica Based GPS units.

Advanced Processing, GCP Construction, Merging Models and Advanced Exports

 Learn how to accurately merge models and learn when it is necessary to do so.
 Point Cloud Editing using 4 unique methods taught only by Drone U. (Magic of Beautiful Models)
 ​Learn how to scale maps using Scale Constraints when GCP's are available.
 ​Learn the intricacies of Ground Control Point (GCP) GPS: RTK vs. PPK vs PPP. Whats the difference?
 ​Accuracy Challenges with example data to test student retention, win a landing pad!
 How to create polylines and obtain linear measurements.
 Advanced 3D Textured Mesh Construction and Visualization
 Model and Map delivery methods through Sketchfab, Pix4d Cloud and Drone Deploy cloud
Learn how to host your own pointclouds 

Deliverables:  Comprehending, Creating & Selling your Deliverables

  Learn how to create reports in 3rd Party applications for delivering data products to various clients. The class will include Drone Deploy Instruction in addition to the following:
            Learn to deliver models  via Sketchfab, Google Poly, Box, or Drone                  Deploy.
            Learn how to obtain volumetric measurements in Pix4D and other applications.
            Learn how to export .shp files, .dxf files and geoTIFF standard for TIFF files; as well as when                        each is necessary depending on the client and deliverable needs.
            Advanced Point Cloud Construction Techniques & Advanced Processing Templates.
            Drone Deploy Instruction on Large-Volume Orthomosaic.
            ​Drone Deploy Instruction on Cyclical Volumetric Measurements.
            ​Cut and Fill Calculations & Cut and Fill Over time.
            ​Orthomosaic, DSM and As-Built "Layering".
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