The purpose of this course is to provide a basic understanding of the term “GIS,” and how this science is applied in land surveying. It is meant to familiarize surveyors with the terminology and industry lingo used by GIS Professionals, such that those composing or submitting responses to Requests for Qualifications or Proposals can better understand the scope of GIS or GPS services they need, or be asked to provide, and whether they have the in-house talent to perform such services. Essential concepts are initially discussed in order to understand the formats of geographical information and how it is used. Some of the more abstract scientific concepts and theories, while important, will not be covered. The course contains a short overview of the more popular GIS and GPS software and hardware. Surveyors should understand the differences between traditional electro-optical and GPS survey techniques. Lastly, it is meant to be an informative, practical and entertaining “quick study” for those deciding whether to integrate some of these skills into their career, or to possess a basic conversational language and understanding of the world of GIS and GPS.
- Introduce surveyors to GIS and GPS concepts and terminology
- Explain the role of GPS in surveying
- Discuss current GIS and GPS products, along with their uses
- Familiarize readers with GIS & GPS file formats
Hours: 4 LU/HSW hours