38/42:477/677 Seminar Adv Geomatics

Instructor: Lecture, Dr. Dion J. Wiseman
Office: Brodie Room 4-07
Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 11:00 am – 12:00 pm; via Zoom
Phone: 727-9774
Email: wiseman@brandonu.ca

Course Description

 This course is designed to familiarize students with advanced topics in the theory and applications of geomatics technologies, specifically geographic information systems, remote sensing, unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), and global navigation survey systems. Emphasis will be placed on project management and design through the integration of these technologies for conducting relevant geospatial research. Students will be required to complete a major project in an area of interest to them that demonstrates their ability to synthesize this knowledge and apply these technologies to address real world problems or relevant research questions.

The applied component of the course will include a series of practical assignments designed to introduce advanced topics for collecting geospatial data, conducting geomatics related fieldwork, and for building, managing, and/or analyzing geospatial databases.

Students in this year’s course will have the opportunity to complete the UAV Ground School in lieu of some of the regularly scheduled practical assignments, and will complete a UAV image processing project instead of a project of their choice. Details will be provided in class.

Grading Scheme 

Quiz 1 15% > 90% A+ 70-72% B-
Quiz 2 15% 85-89% A 67-69% C+
Practicals 30% 80-84% A- 63-66% C
Project 30% 77-79% B+ 60-62% C-
Presentations 10% 73-76% B 50-59% D
Total 100% < 50% F


Tentative Course Outline

Lecture Topics

 1.    Introduction to Geomatics and IGIS

  • Definition of Geomatics Technologies
  • What is an IGIS
  • Models of Integration

2.    IGIS Project Management

  • Steps Involved and Considerations
  • Cartographic Model
  • Annotated Flowcharts

3.    Introduction to Spatial Modeling

  • Analysis and Modeling
  • Types of Spatial Models

4.    Designing Academic Poster Presentations

 Quiz 1 (Date TBD)

5.    Total Station Survey Design

  • Theory and Principles
  • Station Setup and Data Collection
  • Post-processing

6.    GNSS and GPS Survey Design

  • Components of GNSS
  • Survey Planning
  • Data Collection
  • Post Processing

7.    UAV Image Acquisition and Analysis

  • Photo Mission Planning
  • Image Acquisition
  • Image Processing, SfM and SIFT Algorithms
  • Terrain Modelling

    Quiz 2 (Date TBD)

    Practical Assignments

    In-Person Practicals

    1. RTK GPS Survey Design and Mgmt.
    2. Total Station Survey Design and Mgmt.
    3. UAV Image Acquisition
    4. UAV Image Analysis and Processing
    5. Project Proposal Presentations

    Note: Items 1 thru 3 are outdoor activities so are weather dependent and our scheduling will have to be flexible.

    Self-directed Practicals

    Not doing UAV Ground School, Pick Three:

    1. Introduction to Geodatabases*
    2. Geodatabase Domains and Subtypes*
    3. Editing Geodatabases*

    * If you have already completed coursework or otherwise gained practical experience in any of the above, please select one of the following:

    • MultiSpec Tutorial
    • Getting to Know Model Builder
    • Georeferencing Imagery
    • Network Analysis
    • Weighted Overlay Analysis
    • ESRI Course/Tutorial of Your Choice

    Remaining weeks:

    1. Project Work
    2. Poster Presentations & PCAG Abstract

    No Final