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Airborne Sensors and Photogrammetry

Code: EGEO4018     Acronym: EGEO4018

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Surveying Engineering

Instance: 2021/2022 - 2S

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Department of Geosciences, Environment and Spatial Plannings
Course/CS Responsible: Master's degree in Remote Sensing

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
M:DR 9 The study plan from 2018 1 - 3 21 81

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
José Alberto Álvares Pereira Gonçalves

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical and practical : 1,00
Other: 0,50
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical and practical Totals 1 1,00
José Alberto Álvares Pereira Gonçalves 1,00
Other Totals 1 0,50
José Alberto Álvares Pereira Gonçalves 0,50

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


This unit presents the main concepts related to the acquisition, georeferencing and geometric data extraction from images obtained by aerial cameras and other sensore, carried in conventional airplanes or UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles).

Learning outcomes and competences

It is aimed that the students:
1) Know the essential of the aerial image geometry.
2) Know the orientation procedures od individual and stereo pairs of optical images.
3) Know the processes of obtaining 3D data and orthorectify aerial images
4) Execute simple processing of images acquired with UAV.
5) Understand the geometry of other aerial sensors and the need for appropriate sensor models.

Working method



1. Geometry of aerial photographs.
2. Exterior orientation.
3. Stereopairs, image blocks and aerial triangulations.
4. Automatic matching methods.
5. Point clouds and digital surface models.
6. Orthorectification and mosaic composition.
7. Practical exercise of processing images acquired with a UAV.
8. Geometry of other sensor: LIDAR, linear sensors and airborne SAR.

Mandatory literature

Berberan António; Elementos de fotogrametria. ISBN: 972-95873-5-3
Wolf Paul R.; Elements of photogrammetry. ISBN: 0-07-292454-3

Complementary Bibliography

Linder Wilfried; Digtal photogrammetry
Schenk Toni; Digital photogrammetry

Teaching methods and learning activities

Presence in 2/3 of lectures

Evaluation Type

Evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

designation Weight (%)
Exame 100,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

designation Time (hours)
Frequência das aulas 100,00
Total: 100,00

Eligibility for exams

Once the UC is mainly dedicated to transmit concepts lectures are based on PowerPoint presentations and some deductions or calculations presented on the blackboard. Practical exercises will be proposed, to process images acquired by a UAV, using appropriate software, with the aim of exemplifying the knowledge transmitted until then. Complementary lessons of type “O” will support the execution of the practical exercises and their analysis.

Calculation formula of final grade

100% Final exam
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