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The 2017 series of e-learning courses from EuroSDR will begin with a pre-course seminar, hosted by the 3D geoinformation research group of the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, from 6th to 7th March 2017. 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 seminar will be followed by four distance e-learning courses, designed for knowledge transfer from the research to the production domain. EduServ courses 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 and are completed over a period of two weeks during spring 2017.

3D City Modelling (pdf)

Tutors: Jantien Stoter, Ravi Peters, Hugo Ledoux

3D geoinformation research group, Delft University of Technology

This is an introductory course to 3D city modelling. 3D city models are becoming an ubiquitous tool in areas such as urban planning and environmental modelling. This course gives an overview on state-of-the-art in 3D city modelling and its applications, introduces the participant to the underlying principles of 3D city modelling and lets them experience hands-on what it means to create a 3D city model. A number of topics will be discussed: the international CityGML standard, the concept of Level of Detail (LOD) in 3D city models, and the importance of data quality. The goal of the practical exercise, to be executed with FME, is to create a valid and CityGML-compliant LOD1 3D city model by combining existing 2D topographical datasets with aerial LiDAR point clouds.

Dates: 13th - 24th March 2017


Synthetic Aperture Radar for Mapping Applications (pdf)

Tutor: Olaf Hellwich

Technical University Berlin

The course gives a complete introduction to Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR). The paging geometry and radiometry are explained using examples from currently available sensor systems. Sensor orientation and geocoding are treated from a geodetic viewpoint. SAR interferometry, SAR polarimetry, polarimetric interferometry and SAR tomography are dealt with intensively. Approaches making use of satellite-borne SAR for solving geodetic problems are discussed. Mapping applications are discussed with an emphasis on high-resolution 3D object detection and reconstruction. The required computer vision and machine learning concepts are included. The course is of interest for both beginners in SAR remote sensing as well as advanced learners interested in the use of pattern analysis techniques.

Dates: 27th March - 7th April 2017


Oblique Aerial Camera Systems for Mapping Purposes (pdf)

Tutors: Fabio Remondinoa, Isabella Toschia, Francesco Nexb and Markus Gerkec

aFBK Trento, bITC/University of Twente, cInstitute of Geodesy and Photogrammetry, Technical University Braunschweig

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: 24th April - 5th May 2017


Terrestrial Point Cloud for Forest Modelling (pdf)

Tutor: Liang Xinlian, Juha Hyyppä and Yunsheng Wang

National Land Survey of Finland

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 progress 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. The course is based on the EuroSDR project “Benchmarking on Terrestrial Laser Scanning for Forestry Applications”.

Dates: 15th - 26th May 2017



  • 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.

You can register for the e-learning courses until the 17th February 2017.

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. Active participation in all four courses and a 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 17th December 2016.

Applicants will be informed about the acceptance/rejection of their application latest on 6th January 2017. The approved travel costs will not be refunded before successful completing of at least two eLearning courses the applicant registered for!


For more information contact the secretariat-

Pre-course seminar EduServ 2017
6 - 7 March 2017

Pre-course seminar

Date: 6th- 7th March 2017
Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands
Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment (Building 8, the Berlage Zalen - nearest to the West entrance of the faculty), Julianalaan 134, 2628 BL Delft

How to get to Delft

For general information on how to get to the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment (TU Delft), see

For people flying in from Schiphol Airport, it is the easiest to take the train to Delft (50 min). From Rotterdam-The Hague Airport, take bus 40 (36 min).

Information about public transport:


Suggestions for accommodation

- Hotel Leeuwenbrug (
- Westcord (
- Hampshire (

Preliminary programme of the seminar

6 March 2017

9:00   -  9:30 

Welcome addresses (EuroSDR, TU Delft)

9:30   - 10:30

Introduction to the course “3D City Modelling”, Jantien Stoter and Ravi Peters, Delft University of Technology

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 - 12:30

Discussion & practical examples “3D City Modelling”, Jantien Stoter and Ravi Peters, Delft University of Technology

12:30 - 14:00 


14:00 - 15:00

Introduction to the course “SAR for Mapping Applications”, Olaf Hellwich, Technical University Berlin

15:00 - 15:30

Coffee break

15:30 - 17:00

Discussion & practical examples “SAR for Mapping Applications”, Olaf Hellwich, Technical University Berlin

17:00 - 17:30 

Presentation of the Moodle Learning Management System, Markéta Potůčková, Charles University in Prague

19:00 -           

Social event


7 March 2017

9:00 - 10:00

Introduction to the course “Terrestrial Point Cloud for Forest Modelling”, Liang Xinlian, Juha Hyyppä and Yunsheng Wang, National Land Survey of Finland

10:00 - 10:30

Coffee break

10:30 - 12:00

Discussion & practical examples “Terrestrial Point Cloud for Forest Modelling”, Liang Xinlian, Juha Hyyppä and Yunsheng Wang, National Land Survey of Finland

12:00 - 13:30 


13:30 - 14:30

Introduction to the course “Oblique Aerial Camera Systems for Mapping Purposes”, Fabio Remondino and Isabella Toschi, FBK Trento, Markus Gerke, Institute of Geodesy and Photogrammetry, Technical University Braunschweig, and Francesco Nex, ITC/University of Twente

14:30 - 15:00

Coffee break

15:00 - 16:30

Discussion & practical examples “Oblique Aerial Camera Systems for Mapping Purposes”, Fabio Remondino and Isabella Toschi, FBK Trento, Markus Gerke, Institute of Geodesy and Photogrammetry, Technical University Braunschweig, and Francesco Nex, ITC/University of Twente

16:30 - 17:00 

Evaluation and closing of the seminar