38/42:477/677 Seminar Adv Geomatics

Instructor: Dr. Dion J. Wiseman
Office: Brodie Room 4-07
Office Hours: M-Th,  12-1 pm or by appointment
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 advanced techniques for data collection and the integration of geomatics technologies.

The applied component of the course will include a series of practical assignments designed to introduce advanced topics for designing geospatial research projects, collecting geographic data, and for building, managing, and/or analyzing geospatial databases. Assignments will involve field planning and preparation, in-field data collection, and post-processing and analysis of resulting geospatial data. In addition to scheduled practical assignments, students will also select and complete a package of ESRI ArcPro courses in an area of particular interest to them.

Grading Scheme 

Quiz 1 15% > 90% A+ 70-72% B-
Quiz 2 25% 85-89% A 67-69% C+
Assigned Practicals 30% 80-84% A- 63-66% C
SDP or Project 30% 77-79% B+ 60-62% C-
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


  1. IGIS Project Management
    • Steps Involved and Considerations
    • Cartographic Model
    • Annotated Flowcharts


  1. Designing Academic Poster Presentations


  1. GNSS and GPS Survey Design
    • Components of GNSS
    • Survey Planning
    • Data Collection
    • Post Processing


  1. Total Station Survey Design
    • Theory and Principles
    • Station Setup and Data Collection
    • Post-processing

Quiz 1 (Date TBD)

  1. UAV Image Acquisition and Analysis
    • Photo Mission Planning
    • Image Acquisition
    • Image Processing, SfM and SIFT Algorithms
    • Terrain Modelling


Quiz 2 (Date TBD)

Practical Assignments

Students will be required to complete five compulsory practical assignments and either a series of self-directed practicals or a project.

Mandatory Practicals

  1. RTK GPS Survey Design and Mgmt.
  2. Total Station Survey Design and Mgmt.
  3. UAV Ground School
  4. UAV Image Acquisition
  5. Terrain Modelling, AgiSoft Photoscan

Note: The above are outdoor activities and are weather dependent. Last minute scheduling changes are to be expected.

Self-directed Practicals (SDP)*

  1. Unsupervised UAV Image Classification
  2. Supervised UAV Image Classification
  3. Object-based UAV Image Classification

* If you have already completed coursework or gained practical experience in the above, or are interested in other aspects of geomatics, you may select an equivalent of three courses from the following:

  • MultiSpec Tutorial
  • Getting to Know Model Builder
  • Georeferencing Imagery
  • Network Analysis
  • Cost Distance Analysis
  • an ESRI Course of Your Choice


In lieu of completing a series of SDP students may elect to complete a project selected in consultation with the instructor.


No Final