Cranfield University UAV

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Cranfield University UAV

This course will introduce the main principles behind UAV flight control, data capture, image processing and data interpretation through a set of practical case studies.

Small-scale Vertical Take Off (VTO) Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are emerging as a key engineering tool for future environmental survey tasks.

UAV aerial imagery offers both timely (on-demand) and more detailed (higher resolution) information than comparable satellite imagery.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 19 – 23 Jun 2017
  • DurationFive days
  • LocationCranfield Campus
  • Cost£1,400 Concessions available

Course structure

Theoretical concepts will be covered in the first two days. Hands on practical case studies based on environmental applications will be used to illustrate theoretical concepts.

What you will learn

This five day course will cover the principles of UAV flight control (theory, practice and practical demo), image processing (data capture and analysis) and data interpretation (using data from different case studies). The course will strengthen current knowledge of UAVs for environmental science whilst also addressing wider relevant key elements on data capture, analysis and interpretation.

Overall, this course consolidates the application of UAV technology by introducing environmental professionals and researchers to state-of-the art technology for environmental monitoring – a key skill gap identified by the Environment Sector.

Core content

Day one – Principles of UAV flight control

  • UAV flight control – review of the main operational features of UAVs (eg quadrator dynamics, aerodynamic lifting surface and vehicle design parameters).

Day two – Image processing principles

  • Data capture and survey design – this will focus on the design of monitoring programmes for UAV data collection (eg number and location of ground control points, flight height, image resolution and image footprint)
  • Data analysis – image processing considerations will be discussed within this session.

Days three and four – Environmental applications

  • Case study one: UAVs for freshwater ecosystem monitoring
  • Case study two: UAVs for landscape monitoring.

Day five – Policy applications

  • Civil Aviation Authority legislation
  • Practical session – hands on session on UAV flight operation. Expected drones to be showcased are Quadcopters, Octocopters and Fix Wing platforms
  • Case study three: UAVs for environmental policy implementation.

Who should attend

Anyone involved in environmental monitoring. The course is specially targeted to governmental organisations, researchers and environmental consultants that could benefit from the use of UAV technology

Get in touch

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