This course introduces techniques for the extraction of topographic information from remotely sensed data using softcopy photogrammetry techniques.

Deriving digital elevation models and ortho imagery is an important application of remote sensing data. Image interpretation is a vital skill required in many image based mapping projects. The concepts and techniques of image interpretation will be introduced and practised.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • DurationFive days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1400. Standard (20% discount for Cranfield alumni, 10% discount for colleagues of alumni) £1340 - Professional/trade association discount £1280 - Multiple bookings* * Minimum of 5 delegates

What you will learn

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Examine the geometry and spectral properties of vertical aerial photographs,
  • Examine the basic principles of digital photogrammetry,
  • Interpret aerial photographs to analyse the physical and human environments,
  • Extract elevation data from stereo imagery in a digital photogrammetric environment,
  • Derive orthophotography from survey quality aerial photography.

Core content

  • Topographic maps and remote sensing images: map scale and content, image sources and interpretation methods, accuracy issues,
  • Aerial photography in the context of other remote sensing systems. Physics of light: principles of recording the image. Stereoscopy and parallax. Geometry: scale variation, relief displacement, tilts,
  • Geometry of vertical aerial photographs: geometry, co-ordinate axes, scale, measurement,
  • Softcopy photogrammetry. Digital elevation models,
  • Satellite photogrammetry,
  • Air photo mosaics and orthophotos,
  • Interpretation: principles and factors. Applied interpretation: geology, geomorphology, vegetation, soils, urban structures. Flight planning. API project management and implementation,
  • Recent developments - digital aerial photographs, scanning existing photography.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

Cranfield credits are available for this short course which you can put towards selected Cranfield degrees. Find out more about short course credit points.

Accommodation options and prices

This is a non-residential course. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information regarding our accommodation on campus can be found here.

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world.

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road 
MK43 0AL

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