Mapping and Surveying

Accredited by the Australian Institute of Mine Surveyors

Australia’s Best Aerial Survey Training Courses

If your business uses UAVs to obtain surveying and mapping data, get your employees educated with the experts. Even experienced surveyors find that piloting a UAV for this purpose comes with its own challenges. Our remote sensing training courses have been accredited by the Australian Institute of Mine Surveyors and each course qualifies you to attract 14 survey practice points.

In this training course you will learn about the basics of aerial imaging for data acquisition in various fields including:

  • Mapping
  • Surveying
  • Agriculture
  • Spotting

Course outline

Our UAV Remote Sensing course consists of two modules and is run over two days.

1.1 Digital camera basics
  • Basic types of digital cameras used in UAV’s
  • How a CCD and CMOS sensor work
  • Bayer Filter basics
  • Pixel size and signal to noise
1.2 Types of shutters and how these affect remote sensors
  • Electromagnetic spectrum
  • Atmosphere interactions / scattering
  • IFOV – Instantaneous Field of View
  • Types of resolution
    • Spatial (GSD)
    • Spectral (multispectral, hyperspectral)
    • Radiometric (bit depth / dynamic range)
    • Temporal
  • Types of sensors used in unmanned aerial survey
    • Passive Vs Active
1.3 Passive – Frame cameras and Line scanners
1.4 Geometric distortions from platform and sensor
  • Errors caused by platform (UAV) movement
    • Pitch
    • Roll
    • Yaw
    • Altitude
    • Velocity
  • Types of UAV airframes and how they relate to platform errors
  • Geometric errors caused by sensor
    • Rolling shutter effects
    • Lens distortion effects
2.0 UAV survey design and Basics Principles
  • Flight line orientation block and linear features
  • Overlaps forward and side
  • Effects of terrain on overlaps
  • Airbase and run spacing calculations
  • Stereo imagery base / height ratio
  • Ground Sample Distance + how to calculate
  • Forward Image movement calculations
  • Sun angle calculations and effects
  • Ground control design and layout
  • GPS airstation basics


Professional Training In Nowra

Total RPA provide Aerial Survey Training Courses in Nowra, NSW. We can also arrange different locations upon request.

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicle training from the very best Australian school


Get the training courses you need to succeed in your field with the experts at Total RPA. As the experts in unmanned Australian aerial surveys, we know exactly what the industry demands of remote pilots. Our courses are strictly tailored to get you as job-ready as possible before you even see an interview.

To pilot a drone for any commercial purpose, you must have your UAV commanded Certification. Get it from the proven, reputable professionals. Need to learn from the ground up? We are one of the few organisations accredited by CASA to offer the Remote Pilot Certification course.

Interested in any of our training courses? Contact us now on 02 4423 2507 or use the Contact form to enquire or make a booking.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do you provide the training drone or do I bring my own?
A. Total RPA will provide you with a training UAV (DJI Phantom 3 or Inspire) for the practical training sessions.
Q. Why should I do this course with you and not one of the other operators who provide a similar course?
  1. Total RPA was founded by current commercial pilots and instructors. We have an insight into Aviation in Australia that only 20 years In the industry can provide. We have delivered courses and consulting to many of the current certified Operators in Australia (over 300 at time of writing) including:
  • QLD Government
  • Victoria Police
  • Work Cover Australia
  • QLD Department of Agriculture
  • Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Australia National Rugby Union Team
  • Snowy Hydro

We have also delivered courses and consulting for companies from all sectors of the UAV Industry, including mining, surveying, property and asset photography, mapping and spotting.

Q. Ok, I’m in. How do we proceed?
A. Great to have you on board. Contact us and let us know what you would like to do and we will take it from there.

Our mission is to provide top quality, RPA/UAV industry training and consulting to enable success for new businesses entering the marketplace.