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Introduction to Drone Inspection in Civil Engineering (Blended)
Brief Description
As resource scarcity and demand begin to create pressure points in some of South Africa’s biggest economic sectors, the use of technology becomes more and more critical. 
 
This industry-specific short course focuses on the application of drone technology in all aspects of civil engineering.  The practical experience brought by DSL, combined with the University of Pretoria’s academic excellence in these sectors, will provide delegates with a holistic course from theory through to practice.
 
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the delegate will have knowledge in:
1. The Introduction to civil engineering
2. General Civil engineering applications - survey and observations in the civil engineering industry
3. The use of drone for site evaluation / planning / construction survey / construction progress / as-built data
4. Surveying - all aspects through photogrammetry, LiDAR, etc., principles, quantities
5. Aviation and related Legislation
6. Risks identification and management
7. Processing of acquired data and delivering usable results
Course Content
This course coves the following aspects:
1. Introduction to civil engineering
  • Definition and discussion of important terms and terminology
  • Basic civil engineering background potentially relevant to drone operations 
  • Possible applications of drone technologies in civil engineering (list of options and examples for context)
2. General Civil engineering applications - survey and observations in the civil engineering industry - cover foundational knowledge required
  • Introduction and overview (linking with last section of previous chapter) 
  • Coordinate systems - definition of various systems used, differences between these systems, corrections applied when two different coordinate systems are present (i.e. the mine’s fixed base stations are recorded on a different coordinate system than “you” use)
  • Ground control - definition and importance thereof 
  • The importance of continuous and accurate survey and mapping
3. Using drone for site evaluation / planning / construction survey / construction progress / as-built data
  • Principles, resolution, height, angle, sun, etc. 
  • Flight plans, repeats and sequences of data, comparing observations 
  • Data analysis / synthesis - software, processing, presentation 
  • Accountability / accuracy - decisions based on data or figures (changes in data, use of old information, etc.)
4. Surveying - all aspects through photogrammetry, LiDAR, etc., principles, quantities 
  • Applications in civil engineering 
  • Types of surveys, applications to different disciplines (construction, buildings, water, pipes, transportation, geotechnical, structures, etc.) 
  • Quantitative surveying - Photogrammetry and/or LiDAR scanning 
  • Photogrammetry vs. LiDAR (Including definitions, terminologies, etc.) 
  • Photogrammetry - overlap requirements, height-to-base ratio, etc. 
  • Data acquisition processes or techniques as well as pre-acquisition considerations and “checks” that will influence the accuracy of data recorded. 
  • Planning or designing flight paths 
  • Identifying potential errors in-flight 
  • Environmental condition effects
5. Aviation and related Legislation associated 
  • MHSA, MPRDA, EMPR, NEMA, NWA... – Relevance to the Drone pilot/surveyor
  • SACAA etc. 
  • Image Security & Court/ Legal Use-Case
6. Risks identification and management
  • Flight risks, operations packs, etc.
7. Applications 
  • Planning 
  • Construction 
  • Infrastructure condition assessments 
  • Transportation (infrastructure - roads, rail) 
  • Transportation (traffic - observations, counts) 
  • Transportation (traffic (road and rail) - accident investigation) 
  • Water (pipes, dams, rivers, floods)
  • Geotechnical (surveys, sinkholes, prospecting, surveys, geological structures, landforms, drainage patterns) 
  • Geotechnical (remote sensing techniques - magnetic, gravity, thermal, contaminant detection) 
  • Geotechnical (Tailings dam construction, pool management, volume (rate of rise) measurement) 
  • Structural (infrastructure survey, damage valuations, bridge surveys) 
  • Structural (existing plan development) 
  • Future applications
8. Processing of acquired data and delivering usable results 
  • Available software – introduction to terminology 
  • Outputs or results – point-cloud data, DEM, DTM, DSM, 3D Model, contours, etc. 
  • Analysis of the output results – i.e. additional calculations and measurements 
  • Determining or estimating the potential error associated with “your” data 
  • How will the client typically use the information “you” have compiled?
  • How to account for environmental influence in your dataset?
9. Computer practical 
  • Planning drone flight-path for accurate data acquisition 
  • Processing video-, image- or point-data using software
  • Creating the relevant models to represent the acquired data and take the necessary measurements or conduct the necessary calculations based on these models
10. Case studies
  • Present case studies as 'real-life' problems that can be used to illustrate the entire process.
Entry Requirements
Grade 12/ Matric 
Course Number:
P007709
Catalogue and Category:
Built Environment and Construction
Who Should attend:
Delegates who are interested in Drone Inspections, as well as those who want to obtain their Remote Pilot’s License (RPL) that will be issued SACAA RPL license by Drone Safety & Legal (DSL).
Delivery Mode:
Blended
Contact Days:
5
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