The 2018 series EuroSDR Educational Service (EduServ) annually offers four two-week e-learning courses in the field of GeoInformation (GI). It is designed for knowledge transfer from the research to the production domain. Thus, it is mainly focused on participants from NMCAs and industry but also PhD students and researches find the courses interesting as they always reflect latest developments in GI.

The 16th series of e-learning courses from EuroSDR will begin with a pre-course seminar, hosted by prof. Markus Gerke at the Institute of Geodesy and Photogrammetry, Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany, from 26th to 27th February 2018. During the seminar, background material of four e-learning courses will be presented by the tutors, participants will meet the tutors and fellow participants, and the learning platform – Moodle, will be demonstrated.

The four e-learning courses (pdf) are scheduled from March till June 2018. They can be followed over the Internet from any location, thereby allowing participants to update their knowledge with minimum disruption. Courses require about thirty hours of online study.


Oblique Aerial Camera Systems for Mapping Purposes (pdf)

Tutors: Fabio Remondinoa, Isabella Toschia, Markus Gerkeb, and Francesco Nexc

aFBK Trento, bTechnical University Braunschweig, cITC/University of Twente

Oblique airborne photogrammetry is rapidly maturing and being offered by service providers as a good alternative or replacement of the more traditional vertical imagery and for very different applications. Nowadays many companies and most of the European National Mapping and Cadastre Agencies (NMCAs) still rely on the traditional workflow based on vertical photography but changes are slowly taking place also at production level. Some data providers have already run some tests internally to understand the potential for their needs whereas others are discussing on the future role of the oblique technology and how to possibly adapt their production pipelines. At the same time, some research institutions and academia demonstrated the potentialities of oblique aerial datasets to generate textured 3D city models or large building block models. The course provides an overview of oblique camera systems, processing methodologies and best practices with also practical works on oblique aerial blocks.

Dates: 5 -16 March 2018


Topographic Maps through Description and Classification of Remotely Sensed Imagery and Cartographic Enhancement (pdf)

Tutors: Joachim Höhlea, Sébastien Lefèvreb, and Bharath Bhushan Damodaranb

aAalborg University, bUniversité Bretagne Sud

The course introduces advanced classification schemes with the goal to produce and update 2D topographic databases. The inclusion of the spatial descriptors such as geometry and shape are important to characterize the topographic objects in the orthoimages. This course will present some of the challenges in mapping from high resolution orthoimages. The solution to these challenges will be provided by the efficient and effective tool called as morphological attribute profiles. They are multi-scale attributes and are constructed by hierarchical representation of the images, thus enabling object-based image analysis. These characterizations are classified using well-established machine learning methods and different data sources (either raw or derived features). Different approaches to assess the thematic and geometric accuracy of maps will be discussed, and lastly the cartographic enhancement of the classification maps at different levels of quality will be presented. Solutions to the tasks are given by means of detailed course material including open source programs.

Dates: 9 - 20 April 2018


Terrestrial Point Cloud for Forest Modelling (pdf)

Tutor: Liang Xinlian, Yunsheng Wang, and Juha Hyyppä

National Land Survey of Finland

Forest data are conventionally collected through labour intensive and time-consuming manual measurement. Terrestrial point cloud became practically available twenty years ago, which documents three-dimensional (3D) environment with millions to billions of 3D points. The last two decades witnessed a rapid growth in the studies and applications. Tremendous efforts were put into research trying to answer key questions of using point cloud data in the forest measurement. The course aims at giving an overview on the state of-the-art of forest modelling utilizing terrestrial point clouds, e.g. from terrestrial laser scanning, mobile laser scanning and series of images. The course will cover several topics ranging from the background information (e.g. the instrument, the measurement principles and the potential applications), the summary of the research progresses in the last two decades, the fundamental steps in the data processing chain (e.g. noise reduction, tree detection, tree modelling and parameter estimations), to the pioneering studies. The course will also work on selected topics to discuss the influences of the terrestrial point clouds on the forest modelling.

Dates: 14 - 25 May 2018


Open Spatial Data Infrastructures (pdf)

Tutors: Bastiaan van Loenena, Joep Crompvoetsb, and Lars Bernardc

aTU Delft, bKU Leuven, cTU Dresden

This is an introductory course to Open Spatial Data Infrastructures (Open SDI). SDIs facilitate more and more the accessibility to open (spatial) data and provision of open services. Open SDI refers to standards, technologies, policies, and institutions necessary for opening the open data and services. This course gives a comprehensive overview on the state-of-the art in Open SDI and its key components, introduces the participants to the underlying principles of Open SDI and lets them experience hands-on what it means to establish and maintain an Open SDI. A number of topics will be discussed: key standards, architectures, (network) services, relevant EU-regulations and policies, governance strategies, and key institutions. At the end of the course, participants are: informed about Open SDI strategies around the world, aware of the main strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of Open SDI, familiar with the latest technological developments, capable to facilitate the opening of open data using latest developed tools, and able to evaluate Open SDIs.

Dates: 28 May - 8 June 2018


You can register here for the e-learning courses until the 12th of February 2018. You will receive a confirmation email within 7 days.



600 € for pre-course seminar + 1 or 2 courses

700 € for pre-course seminar + 3 or 4 courses

100 € for pre-course seminar only

The fee for attending the pre-course seminar is 100 €. This fee will be deducted from the course fee in case of later subscription to the e-learning courses.



A limited number of scholarships will be available to fully cover the course fee and to partially support the travel costs to the pre-course seminar (up to € 500). The scholarships are intended to Ph.D./Master students and other applicants with no or very limited financial support from their university or public institution. Successful completion of at least two courses is required from applicants in order to reimburse their travel costs.

In order to proceed with the application:

  • Register to EduServ.

  • Fill in the application form that includes a motivation letter, information about professional experience and calculation of travel costs. It is recommended to support the application with a reference letter. Both documents shall be submitted to not later than on 20th December 2017.

Applicants will be informed about the acceptance/rejection of their application latest on 10th January 2018. The approved travel costs will not be refunded before successful completing at least two e-learning courses the applicant registered for!

Please note that you can apply only once for a EuroSDR scholarship.

For more information contact Ms. Tatjana Van Huyck-