38/42:477 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; 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 (GIS), remote sensing (RS) (including unmanned air vehicles (UAVs)), and global navigation survey systems (GPS). 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 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

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

Tentative Course Outline

(follow links below to access lecture notes and readings)

    Lecture Topics, Tuesday Slot

    1. Intro Geomatics and IGIS
      • Definition of Geomatics Technologies
      • What is IGIS
      • Models of Integration
      • Readings:
        • Automation and Cartography (Tobler, 1959)
        • A Contemporary Framework for Integrating Remote Sensing, GIS, and Geography (Dobson, 1993)
        • Integration of GPS with Remote Sensing and GIS: Reality and Prospect (Gao, 2002)
    2. GIS Project Management
      • Steps Involved and Considerations
      • Cartographic Model
      • Annotated Flowcharts
    3. Global Navigation Survey Systems
      • Components of GNSS
      • Survey Planning
      • Data Collection
      • Post Processing
      • Integration
    4. Introduction to Spatial Modeling
      • Analysis and Modeling
      • Types of Spatial Models
        • Descriptive
        • Explanatory
        • Predictive
        • Designing Academic Poster Presentations (video)

     Term Test 1    (Date TBD)

    1. Total Station Survey Design
      • Theory and Principles
      • Station Setup and Data Collection
      • Post-processing
      • Importing TS Data into ArcGIS
    2. Introduction to UAV Technology
      • Introduction to UAVs, Platforms, and Sensors
        • What is a UAV?
        • Advantages of UAV Remote Sensing
        • Applications
        • Common Platforms
        • Sensors
      • Transport Canada Regulations
        • Current Regulations, How to Comply
        • Recreational vs Commercial/Research
        • Exemptions or Special Flight Operation
        • Certificates
        • Proposed Changes to Current Regulations
      • Getting Ready to Fly
        • Flight Planning
        • Flight Control
        • Modes of Operation
        • Intelligent Orientation
        • Failsafes, Fences, and NDZs
        • Camera Control
      • Image Processing
        • Georeferencing & Image Classification Demo
        • Terrain Modeling and Orthorectification Demo
    3. Analyzing Geometric Networks
      • Components of a Network
      • Creating and Managing Networks
      • Types of Network Analysis

    Term Test 2   (Date TBD) – Note: there is no final exam in this course.

    Practical Assignments, Thursday Slot

    Within the first five or six weeks:

    1. 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: outdoor activities are weather dependent; schedule is tentative and may well change.

    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 three above, please select one of the following instead:

    • MultiSpec Tutorial
    • Getting to Know Model Builder
    • Georeferencing Imagery
    • Network Analysis
    • ESRI Course or Tutorial, Your Choice

    Last three weeks:

    1. Project Work
    2. Poster Critique
    3. Poster Presentations, PCAG Abstract