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Certificate course in

Laser Scanning

Certification Certificate Location Start Duration EC Tuition fee Registration deadline OKP/MSP registration deadline Register
Certificate Netherlands 11 Jun 2018 3 weeks 5 EUR 1000 23 Apr 2018 17 Oct 2017 Register


A point cloud with extracted roof ridge lines to check the planimetric accuracy.
A point cloud with extracted roof ridge lines to check the planimetric accuracy.

Airborne, terrestrial and mobile laser scanning are modern technologies to acquire and monitor the geometry of the Earth's surface and objects above the surface like buildings, trees and road infrastructure. Since the advent of laser scanning in the early 1990s, it has been rapidly adopted as the preferred technology for the acquisition of high quality digital elevation models. With the increasing laser pulse frequencies the scanners can nowadays produce point clouds with very high point densities varying from more than 10 pts/m2 for airborne surveys to 1 pt/cm2 for terrestrial and mobile surveys. These very detailed point clouds are used for a wide variety of measurement, 3D modelling, classification and monitoring tasks. The short course on laser scanning provides an overview on the state of the art of the technique, potential applications as well as methods to extract geo-information from recorded point clouds.

For whom is the course relevant?

The course is intended for practitioners and scientists wanting to obtain basic knowledge and familiarise with trends in laser scanning technology, point cloud processing and applications. Participants are assumed to have some background knowledge on remote sensing and geo-information.

What will be achieved?

After the module the participant should be able to:

  • Assess the applicability of laser scanning for various tasks
  • Explain and perform the general processing steps used for generation of laser scanning data.
  • Evaluate the quality of laser scanning datasets
  • Interpret and analyse point cloud processing results

About your diploma

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Certificate which will include the name of the course.

Along with your Certificate you will receive a Course Record providing all the subjects studied as part of the course. It states for each module: the module code, number, subject, ECTS credits, exam date, location and the mark awarded.

If the certificate course is part of the Postgraduate or Master’s programme at ITC and if you decide to take the full programme at ITC, you will be exempted from the module(s) you followed successfully as a certificate course.

What is the course content?

The course starts with an introduction to the principles of airborne, terrestrial and mobile laser scanning technology and an explanation of the important properties like reflectance characteristics, accuracy potential and modes of data recording. After a comparison to other survey techniques (digital photogrammetry, GPS/land surveying) with respect to applicability, weather dependence, automation, processing time, costs, and accuracy, an overview is given on various applications.

Following the introduction theories and algorithms are discussed for the general processing and analysis of point clouds. This includes the topics: visualisation, segmentation of point clouds, error sources, correction methods, and quality analysis.

The acquisition of digital terrain models is the most important application of airborne laser scanning. The course gives an overview on the state of the art of filtering methods, i.e. method to separate the raw laser scanning point cloud into points on the ground and points above the ground. Algorithms to extract break lines from the point cloud to complete the digital terrain models are explained as well.

The last block deals with detection and modelling and includes lectures on 3D building reconstruction, extraction of vegetation characteristics, change detection with multi-temporal and single epoch data for map updating, land slide analysis, and mobile mapping for road inventory.

Next to the lectures exercises are offered to provide hands-on experience in point cloud processing.

Why choose this course?

Airborne, terrestrial and mobile laser scanning have drastically changed processes for the production of high quality geo-information and have opened up opportunities to deliver new products. It has become a standard technology in the field of geo-information and beyond. Sound knowledge on the properties of laser scanning and its applications is indispensable for everyone working in this field.

Admission requirements

Academic level and background
Applicants for the Certificate programme should have a Bachelor degree or equivalent from a recognised university in a discipline related to the course, preferably combined with working experience in a relevant field.

Some courses in the Certificate programme or separate modules require knowledge of, and skills in, working with GIS and/or digital image processing of remotely sensed data.

Skills in taught or related subjects are a prerequisite for some courses in the Certificate programme or separate modules. Even if the applicant satisfies the overall admission requirements, acceptance is not automatic.

The faculty accepts transcripts, degrees and diplomas in the following languages: Dutch, English, German, French and Spanish. It is at the discretion of the faculty to require additional English translations of all documents in other languages as well.

English language
As all courses are given in English, proficiency in the English language is a prerequisite. If you are a national of one of the countries in this list (PDF), you are exempted from an English language test. Please note: the requirements when applying for fellowships may vary according to the regulations of the fellowship provider.

English language tests: minimum requirements
Only internationally recognised test results are accepted.

TOEFL Paper-based Test (PBT) 550
TOEFL Internet-based Test 79-80
British Council / IELTS 6.0
Cambridge CPE/CAE

Computer skills
Applicants lacking computer experience are strongly advised to follow basic courses in their home countries.

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