Drone Mapping Course

Become more than just a drone pilot!


Anyone can buy a drone and take a pretty picture. But can you turn those pictures into valuable information?


In this course I will share with you my entire workflow from data capture, through to pre-processing, analyses, and creating maps within a GIS for communicating your information.


If you want to take your drone skills to the next level, this is the course for you. 


What You Get!

This course will give you EVERYTHING

you need to use drones and geospatial analyses for environmental mapping purposes. 

  • 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 stitch it all together 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 navigating the QGIS (open source) interface, displaying data, incorporating your field survey and other layers, creating new data through digitising, and finally communicating your output with some effective cartography skills.


    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.

  • Ask the Expert Support

    You get direct and LIVE access to Karen to help with your learning. Personal email and phone support is always available. 

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Become more that just a drone pilot

$750 incl GST

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Course Outline

What you will find inside

Learning Promise and Learning Outcomes

Pre-Course Module

Module 1 - Mission Planning

Module 2 - Field Survey

Module 3 - Data Pre-Processing

Module 4 - Information Extraction


Expert Help

Dr Karen Joyce


Dr. Karen Joyce is the Education Director for She Maps and has worked as a Geospatial scientist for 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 ten years. Her online resources are accessed nearly 20,000 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 for five years, with most of her research conducted on the Great Barrier Reef.


Guarantee of Satisfaction


We stand by our products as we have tested them with thousands of participants, so we know they work. But, if they don't work for you, then just let us know and we will refund your money within 30 days of purchase.

Education Director, She Maps


Karen is a great teacher, extremely easy going and seems to be able to get everyone to understand what you are talking about. Keep up the great teaching Karen :)

Very productive, hands on learning! WELL DONE, would recommend this to anyone in science of any field. 

It is fairly easy to quickly visualise how this can be applied to natural systems which are quite complex to understand in other ways. It is building upon my background in design and passion for geography.

It is obvious that Karen knows the subject well and it is important to have a lecturer that is both passionate and knowledgeable of the subject she is teaching.

Frequently Asked Questions

If it's not in here, just ask us! 

Do I need a drone and a remote pilot license to undertake this course?

Are there any pre-requisites for doing this course?

What else do I need to start the course?

We already have ArcMap at my workplace. Is it the same as ArcGIS Pro?

Can I use a different GIS software such as QGIS for this course?

Is it running face-to-face or online?

Is this online version the same as the face-to-face option?

What age group or experience level do you recommend for working through this course?

When does it start?

When does it finish?

Can the course be undertaken at any time within the start / end date? i.e. I normally do this type of PD in the evenings.

How long will the course take?

I can find some GIS and drone mapping lessons online for free - how is your course different?

The course looks great, but we are already doing this sort of in our workplace - do you offer anything more advanced?

Are there any additional costs for the course?

Do I need to take any time off work during the day to complete various components?

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