The 7th international and 1st Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) edition of the course “Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry” took place from 20th to the 29th of March of 2017 at Dubai. Twenty-four participants of various countries and backgrounds, from government, industry and academia, attended the lectures and the practical exercises that were distributed into two modules: “Integrating drones into geomatics: principles and applications” and “UAV remote sensing mission planning, operations, data processing and project management.”
The course belongs to the broader capacity building initiative “Drones for Geomatics” of the Arabian Gulf University (AGU), was organized by the AGU and the BCN Drone Center and hosted by the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (Academic City, Dubai, UAE).
GeoNumerics is proud to have contributed one of the lecturers, Dr. Ismael Colomina who covered “Introduction to UAS-photogrammetry” and “mapKITE: a new method for simultaneous aerial and terrestrial mapping”. Other lecturers of the course were Prof. Mazlan Hashim (Director, Research Institute of Sustainable Environment, University of Technology of Malasya), Prof. Takahashi Yukihiro (Director, Space Mission Center, Department of Cosmosciences, Hokkaido University, Japan), Dr. Sean Casey (Director, Silicon Valley Space Center), Prof. A. Bannari (Chair, Geoinformatics Department, Arabian Gulf University), Dr. Ali Elbattay (Assistant Professor, Geoinformatics Department, Arabian Gulf University), Rabih B. Rashid (CEO, Falcon Eye Drones, UAE). Marc Beltran (Business Development Manager, BCN Drone Center, Spain) and Jordi Santacana (CEO, BCN Drone Center, Spain).
The BCN Drone Center or Barcelona Drone Center (Moià, Catalonia, Spain) was established in 2013 as a drone testing facility. The BCN Drone Center is one of the only ten drone test sites in the world. It counts with 25 km2 segregated airspace, runway, ground control station, hangar, lab, reference geodetic network, and office. It is also CATUAV headquarter, the first European drone company ever created –incorporated in year 2000.
The Arabian Gulf University (Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain) was established in 1980 as an international public university by decision of the Gulf Cooperation Council (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
GeoNumerics (Castelldefels, Catalonia, Spain) is a research and development (R&D) intensive SME company dedicated to geomatics and navigation. The company licenses software and provides R&D services. In recent times, among other, GeoNumerics has made significant contributions to the application of unmanned aircraft, Galileo satellite navigation and inertial navigation to remote sensing and mapping.