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Introduction to Drones for Built Environment Professionals

Consumer-level, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs, or 'drones') are now ubiquitous in society and the construction industry, but within Australia, their potential remains largely untapped. This course will provide a practical demonstration of how small, consumer-level UAVs can be integrated into various aspects of architectural and landscape architecture office practice.

About this microcredential

This hands-on, office-oriented microcredential demonstrates the many ways in which the aerial perspective can be integrated into architecture, engineering and construction practice.

Over three days, you’ll become familiar with the utility of UAVs in producing automated site model generation, building and construction site inspection, and visualisation support. You’ll learn to plan, carry out and process photographic data to generate rich models and generate exact photographic backgrounds and viewpoints from exact positions.

You will also get to know the fundamentals of open source and proprietary software packages as they relate to UAV technology, both in small and large office and project management contexts, as well as how to integrate resulting data into BIM and other office software tools. The UAV selection, safety and legislative aspects of UAV use in New South Wales will also be covered.

Key benefits of this microcredential

Successfully completing this microcredential will equip participants with:

  • Knowledge and expertise in innovative and emerging digital tools.
  • Relevant skills in the application of these tools within the design field allowing for their use in various parts of industry-based projects.

This microcredential aligns with the 3 credit point subject, Introduction to Drones for Built Environment Professionals (80115) in the Master of Technology. This microcredential may qualify for recognition of prior learning at this and other institutions.

Who should do this microcredential?

This microcedential is aimed at construction industry professionals with an interest in integrating UAVs into their office toolsets. No previous knowledge or experience is required. 


Full price - $2,500.00 (GST-free)*

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase.

Enrolment conditions

COVID-19 response 

Additional course information 

Course outline

Course materials outline practical and creative solutions for UAV integration at all stages of project development. The following content will be covered during the course:

  • UAV platform selection and uses of existing office UAVS
  • Safety and working within drone legislation
  • Site inspection (construction sites)
  • Basic photogrammetry and applications
  • Interfacing data with typical practice software
  • Flight Workshop – pre-flight preparations, test site with flight, data processing, and applications 
  • Datasets and practical exercises.

You will also complete a half-day local site visit (walking distance from the UTS City Campus) that includes hands-on UAV experience and data acquisition, plus two sessions in the UTS Computer Labs where you’ll process and apply the resulting data.

In between workshop sessions, you’ll be encouraged to install and run the trial software on your own laptop. As well as giving you the chance to bring queries and issues to the second workshop session, this approach will maximise your face-to-face learning time and give you a dataset to share with your colleagues.

Course delivery

Face-to-face learning through the use of digital tools.

Course learning objectives

By the end of this course participants will understand:

  • The fundamentals of UAV use, including safety and legislation requirements
  • How to use two different types of photogrammetry software to process sites
  • How to test site data
  • How to integrate resulting documentation photos and 3D data into various CAD, visualisation and BIM platforms.


Assessment will be pass/fail.

To pass the microcredential, participants must have full attendance and complete all submission requirements as per the assessment criteria stated in the course outline.



  • Participants should be comfortable with using a computer.


  • Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops, though this is not mandatory.

On-campus and onsite course logistics


  • Morning and afternoon tea provided.

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