This introductory course will acquaint GIS students with the fundamental concepts of geomatics and will demonstrate the important relationship between surveying & mapping and GIS. Topics include an introduction to the field of geomatics, a description of the theory associated with basic survey computations, methods for determining horizontal positions and elevations, map projections, accuracy and reliability of spatial data and an introduction to positioning by GPS. The overall objective is to give students an understanding of the origin of the coordinate systems and coordinates used in the field of geomatics.
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Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:
Differentiate between surveying and mapping.
Describe the different branches of geomatics activities.
Understand the use of various instruments to make field measurements.
Understand the origins and uses of datums and associated coordinate systems.
Perform horizontal and vertical position computations.
Describe the differences between accuracy, precision and error.
List the accuracies associated with field observations.
Map types and map scales.
Describe the principles of map projections.
Describe characteristics and uses of common B.C. and Canadian map projections.
Describe the basic theory of GPS.
Acquire field data using GPS technology.
Effective as of Fall 2008
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