Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


The course provides a brief history of photography and photogrammetry; geometry of a single image; relative and absolute orientation; analytical and digital plotters; and camera and lens calibrations. The role of point clouds derived from photogrammetry and laser scanning will then be considered, leading to a detailed research exercise relating to the application of photogrammetric principles to challenging and unique measurement problems.



  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Apply the theory of photogrammetry to a range of measurement problems.

2. Analyse the results obtained by photogrammetry and portray them in a cogent manner.

3. Identify and implement innovative photogrammetric solutions to multidisciplinary spatial problems.

4. Develop capabilities to research the literature and apply to practical problems


  • Brief history of photography and photogrammetry
  • Basic optics.
  • Geometry of a single image.
  • Characteristics of vertical imagery.
  • Stereophotogrammetry.
  • Orientation and transformations.
  • Camera and lens calibrations.
  • Mapping from aerial photographs.
  • Close range photogrammetry.
  • Introduction to laser scanning.
  • Point Clouds.
  • Innovative applications of Photogrammetry.


Students who have successfully completed SURV3610 cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

Students require a sound knowledge of standard surveying equipment, computational processes and data analysis techniques; basic optics and the principles associated with the light and the electromagnetic spectrum; two dimensional and three dimensional geometry and local and global datum conversions and transformations.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Single Photograph

Written Assignment: Stereophotogrammetry

Written Assignment: Close Range Photogrammetry

Report: Research Investigation

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Note: The above distribution of contact hours may alter on a weekly basis and will be confirmed in the lecture sessions.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.