Drones for Mapping Accident Reconstruction Sites

Students who take this course can expect to learn what a drone is and how this tool can aid them in producing an orthomosaic map of an accident scene/location. Students will learn basic drone safety, operations, and best practices, and will come away with knowledge of how to address airspace and some basic understanding of steps to take to achieve their Part 107 FAA certification. We discuss in detail what it takes to approach a scene, from items to pack, obstacles to avoid, and several methodologies for capturing aerial images of any location with the goal of providing the student confidence in generating an orthomosaic map that can be used in their accident reconstruction. Students will be exposed to multiple scaling methods including ground control points, processing images and resulting work product.

What Will You Learn

By participating in this online course, you will be able to:
  • Identify the types and uses of various drones
  • Recognize essential steps for drone flight preparation
  • Describe the necessary steps to produce a high-quality map, along with the scaling and troubleshooting of map
  • Recall proper drone operation techniques
  • Recognize what factors contribute to a successful mapping for Accident Reconstruction Scenes

Course Information

4.00 Hours
90 Days

Is This Course For You

Anyone interested in furthering their knowledge of producing aerial maps using drones should attend this course. 

Materials Provided

  • 90 days of online single-user access (from date of purchase) to the three hour presentation
  • Online learning assessment (submit to SAE)
  • .4 CEUs*/Certificate of Achievement (with satisfactory learning assessment score)

*SAE International is authorized by IACET to offer CEUs for this course.

Course Requirements

  • Windows or macOS
  • Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari (Other OSs and browsers including mobile devices are not supported by may work)
  • Broadband-3Mbps minimum


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