Drone Mapping Course: Capture and Analyse Data


Approx 16 hours

incl GST

Become more than just a drone pilot!

Most of us can use a drone to take a pretty picture. But can you turn those pictures into valuable information? When you're ready to take the next step, we want to help you learn drone mapping.
In this course I will share with you my entire drone mapping workflow. We'll cover data capture, pre-processing, field survey, data analyses, and creating maps within a GIS for communicating your message.
If you want to take your drone skills to the next level, this is the course for you!

Drone Mapping Course Content

This course will give you everything you need to learn drone mapping for data capture and analysis.
Mission Planning

We’ll guide you through making decisions associated with where you can fly (legally and ethically), the sort of drone to purchase for your application, the apps you’ll need for mission planning, and how to create an effective flight plan to acquire data suitable for environmental mapping.

Data Pre-Processing

After you’ve captured your amazing image data, you’ll need to perform pre-processing to create an orthomosaic. Perhaps you also want a 3D model. We’ll help you navigate the software required to create your mosaics and form the basis of further analysis.

Field Survey

It’s often necessary to calibrate and validate our drone data using in-situ field observations. We’ll help you create and execute your survey plans to supplement your image data.

Information Extraction

The most important part! Turning your data into information. We’ll cover some GIS basics including an introduction to your choice of ArcGIS Pro or QGIS (open source), displaying data, incorporating your field survey and other layers, creating new data through digitising, and finally communicating your output with some effective cartography skills.

Ask the Expert Support

You get direct and LIVE access to our team to help you learn drone mapping. Personal email and phone support is always available.

Note: It is outside the scope of this course to investigate automated and semiautomated remote sensing image processing techniques such as OBIA, spectral analysis, and pixel based classifications.


Dr Karen Joyce
Dr Karen Joyce


Dr. Karen Joyce is the co-founder and Tech Lead of GeoNadir. She is a multi-award winning geospatial scientist, working for more than 20 years in government, industry, the military, and academia. She has been involved in tertiary education since the late ’90’s, and online education for the past 12 years. Her online resources are accessed nearly 30,000 times every month and she is constantly creating content as technology changes. Karen is a qualified remote pilot and has been flying drones of all sizes with a variety of sensor payloads since 2013, with most of her research conducted on the Great Barrier Reef.

Guarantee of Satisfaction


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Co-Founder and Technical Lead, GeoNadir

Drone Mapping Course FAQs

You will need access to a drone to make the most out of this course to learn drone mapping. Regarding licensing – Check with your local aviation regulator, however Remote Pilot Licences are often not required for flying drones that weigh under 2kg. If flying in the USA commercially and providing advice on property boundaries and other certified mapping services then also take care to find out if you need a surveyor’s license.

Not at all. While it is useful to have some level of geography training, we don’t assume this knowledge and will be starting from scratch. We do expect a reasonable level of computer literacy.

No – ArcGIS Pro is the most up to date version of the ESRI GIS software package. It’s possible to use ArcMap if that’s what you are most comfortable with though.

We provide videos to step through the course using ArcGIS Pro and QGIS

This is an online training course. Please get in touch with us if you would like to join a face to face course.

I have taught students as young as 12 years old (under supervision) to capture and analyse drone mapping data. Willingness to learn is the key! We do expect that participants of this training already know how to safely operate their drone.

As soon as you’re ready!

There’s no end date, you can take the time that you need to complte the training. However, having said that, I do recommend you set yourself a time schedule and some goals for completion.

I recommend doing it over a period of no more than four to eight weeks. When I teach the course face to face, it takes two full days.

There are lots of free resources out there – indeed, we recommend that you check out our free ebook as well! This course is a complete and comprehensive course that will take you through the entire workflow of drone mapping, from mission planning to information communication. The course has been carefully created by Dr Karen Joyce, who has more than two decades worth of teaching experience across tertiary, government, military, and private organisations. She has won multiple awards for her online training resources, and has published extensively in the field of drone mapping.

We do assume that you will have access to a drone and computer to complete the course, so that may be an additional cost to you if you don’t have these resources. You might also choose to purchase software and computing hardware.

It’s completely up to you how you schedule your learning. This is a fully flexible course that you can undertaken whenever and wherever you like.

Our ebook is a great place for you to start your learning journey. This course builds on the concepts introduced in the ebook and also covers field survey, data preprocessing, and data analysis.

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