38/42:477 Seminar Adv Geomatics

Instructor: Lecture, Dr. Dion J. Wiseman
Office: Brodie Room 4-07
Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 9:00 – 10:00 AM; or by Appointment
Phone: 727-9774
Email: wiseman@brandonu.ca

Contact Hrs: Slot 12 T 11:40 – 12:30, Th 11:40 – 1:30, BB 4-22

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, 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 building, managing, and analyzing geospatial databases; collecting geospatial data; and processing imagery/or Trimble Path Finder Office. Practical assignments will focus on geospatial data collection, database development and management, vector and raster image analysis, rectification and feature extraction, surface analysis and modeling, and the integration of geomatics technologies.

Students completing this course for graduate credit in the MELS program will be expected to demonstrate a higher level of autonomy and greater depth of understanding by developing their own independent research projects and completing a literature review, annotated bibliography, and/or technical report on their project, and by presenting and leading classroom discussions on their project work.


Grading Scheme

Course 38:477 38:677 > 90% A+ 70-72% B-
Term Test 1 15% 10% 85-89% A 67-69% C+
Term Test 2 15% 10% 80-84% A- 63-66% C
Practical Assignments 30% 20% 77-79% B+ 60-62% C-
Presentations 10% 15% 73-76% B 50-59% D
Annotated Bibliog 10% < 50% F
Project/Report 30% 35%


Tentative Course Outline

(follow links below to access lecture notes and readings)

  1. Geomatics Project Management
    • Steps Involved and Considerations
    • Cartographic Model
    • Annotated Flowcharts
    • Project Proposals
  2. Introduction to Spatial Models
    • Analysis and Modeling
    • Types of Spatial Models
      • Descriptive
      • Explanatory
      • Predictive
  1. Designing Academic Poster Presentations

 Term Test 1 (Date TBD)

  1. GNSS and GPS Survey Design
    • Components of GNSS
    • Survey Planning
    • Data Collection
    • Post Processing
    • Integration
  2. Total Station Survey Design
    • Theory and Principles
    • Station Setup and Data Collection
    • Post-processing
    • Importing TS Data into ArcGIS
  3. Analyzing Geometric Networks
    • Components of a Network
    • Creating and Managing Networks
    • Types of Network Analysis
  4. Extraction of Thematic Information from Aerial Photography
    • Flight Planning
    • Oblique vs Vertical Imagery
    • Softcopy Photogrammetry

Term Test 2 (Date TBD)

Practical Assignments

Sept 14 Introduction to Geodatabases*

Sept 21 Geodatabase Domains and Subtypes*

Sept 28 Editing Geodatabases*

Oct 5   Project Proposal Presentations

Oct 12 GPS Survey Design and Mgmt.

Oct 19 Total Station Survey Design and Mgmt.

Oct 26 UAV Image Acquisition (or TBD)

Nov 2  UAV Image Analysis and Processing

Nov 16 Project Work

Nov 23 Poster Critique and Review

Nov 30 Project Presentations

* If you have already completed coursework or otherwise gained practical experience in this topic please select one of the following instead:

MultiSpec Tutorial

Getting to Know Model Builder

Oblique Mapper

Georeferencing Imagery

Your Choice – e.g. ESRI VC Course