Land Surveying students at work on drone

NDSCS Unmanned Aircraft Systems students participate in an NSF-funded research project

04-04-2023
Unique partnership provides UAS students with valuable field experience using hyperspectral imaging.

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Tana Erbes

Tana Erbes

Architectural Modeling & Design
Automotive Technology
Building Construction Technology
Construction Management Technology
Culinary Arts
Land Surveying and Civil Engineering Technology
Powersports Technology
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
Program Outreach Specialist
701-671-2611
tana.erbes@ndscs.edu
Wahpeton
Tech Center 14
Seth Simonson

Seth Simonson

Construction Management Technology
Land Surveying and Civil Engineering Technology
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
Associate Professor/Program Coordinator
701-671-2345
seth.simonson@ndscs.edu
Wahpeton
Horton Hall 235

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

UAS technology is one of the fastest growing industries and new applications of this technology are constantly being discovered in many different industries around the world.

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UAS – Business and Marketing Emphasis (A.A.S.)

drone flying in front of teacherThe Business and Marketing emphasis area will provide students with knowledge on business and marketing practices along with communication and presentation skills.

  • Type: A.A.S. degree (Unmanned Aircraft Systems degree sub-plan)
  • Location: Wahpeton
  • Cluster: Architecture and Construction


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UAS – Civil Engineering Emphasis (A.A.S. degree)

Drone flying in construction zoneThe Civil Engineering Technology Emphasis will prepare students for work as civil technicians in construction related industries with the ability to utilize drone technology.

  • Type: A.A.S. degree (Unmanned Aircraft Systems degree sub-plan)
  • Location: Wahpeton
  • Cluster: Architecture and Construction


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UAS – Construction Inspection Emphasis (A.A.S. degree)

Drone flying in front of building under constructionThe Construction Inspection emphasis area will provide students with knowledge of construction practices, construction specifications, print reading, construction document management, material testing, and quality control practice.

  • Type: A.A.S. degree (Unmanned Aircraft Systems degree sub-plan)
  • Location: Wahpeton
  • Cluster: Architecture and Construction


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UAS – Land Surveying Emphasis (A.A.S. degree)

drone flying in area with land surveyorsThe Land Surveying Emphasis will prepare students for work as surveying technicians in construction related industries with the ability to utilize drone technology.

  • Type: A.A.S. degree (Unmanned Aircraft Systems degree sub-plan)
  • Location: Wahpeton
  • Cluster: Architecture and Construction


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UAS – Architectural Modeling Emphasis (A.A.S.)

Print readingWith the Architectural Modeling Emphasis, in addition to the UAS courses, students will take multiple modeling courses using Autodesk Revit software. Construction methods and materials and print reading courses will also be included in the program for students to have a good knowledge of construction and ability to read prints.

  • Type: A.A.S. degree (Unmanned Aircraft Systems degree sub-plan)
  • Location: Wahpeton
  • Cluster: Architecture and Construction


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UAS – Transfer (A.A.S. degree)

Drone flying in the blue skyThe Transfer Emphasis will provide students with a strong knowledge and skills for various applications of drone technology and compliment them with general education courses suited for transferring to a university for drone related studies.

  • Type: A.A.S. degree (Unmanned Aircraft Systems degree sub-plan)
  • Location: Wahpeton
  • Cluster: Architecture and Construction


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Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) – Certificate
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) certificate program is designed to provide a broad understanding of the use of UAS in a commercial environment.

  • Type: Certificate
  • Locations: Wahpeton
  • Cluster: Architecture and Construction

Add this Certificate to an Associate’s Degree you are currently pursuing and you will be an important asset for your future employer as a Remote Pilot.


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With any of the UAS program options students will learn how to fly, collect and process data through hands-on learning in these areas:

  • Photogrammetry
  • Thermography
  • Multi-spectral Imaging
  • LiDAR
  • Photography
  • Videography

Students will also learn how to process 3D models, 3D surfaces, calculate surface volumes, analyze thermal images, analyze vegetation with NDVI mapping, use LiDAR data, edit photos and create video productions using:

  • Pix4D Imaging Software
  • ESRI ArcGIS
  • Autodesk Civil 3D
  • Autodesk Recap
  • Autodesk Infraworks
  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Adobe After Effects