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Geomatics-Learn is a learning program designed to provide high quality professional development opportunities to land surveyors, mapping professionals, engineers, architects and others engaged in the various component fields of geomatics. These courses will aid professionals to refresh knowledge, update on techniques and technologies, and learn new aspects about the practice of geomatics.


Courses are currently in the planning and development stage. Check back in for status on availability on or around September 2010.

We will have courses called “professional development education” and “technician training”. We call the former category education because they include theory, mathematics and science as they explain how and why things work. The former are called training because they emphasize learning the “how to” parts of performing various activities in geomatics (surveying, mapping, photogrammetry, GIS and various other geospatial data management disciplines).

Professional development education

These courses will generally come with university accredited professional development hour certificates that you can use, if desired to document your coursework if you apply for renewal of your professional license or certification, OR to provide evidence to your employer of your interest in lifelong learning.

Technician training

These courses are intended to provide training for new staff or to introduce your present staff to new methods or procedures. They can also be used to refresh best practices for your staff. These courses generally do not come with any accredited certification. But as time goes on Geomatics Learn will endeavor to make sure that they apply toward such certification programs as the Certified Survey Technician (CST) program in the U.S. We encourage you to let us know if you have similar needs for other programs. Please supply contact details of the program administrator so that we can do our best to make sure our courses comply with program requirements.

All courses

All courses will have a short examination at the end of the course to test for comprehension and check for understanding. In the longer courses (greater than 25 minutes length), there may be one or more reviews or checks for understanding during the course in addition to the examination at the end of the course.  All courses taken by an individual are maintained in a database and it will be possible for clients of Geomatics Learn to get a copy of their academic record showing what courses were taken, when they were taken, when they were completed (or current status if not completed).

Titles–planned; some of these will be available September 2010 and others added with time

Professional development education

  • Discussion of Errors in Surveying
  • Managing systematic errors or biases in surveying
  • Random error propagation
  • Simple random error concepts for evaluating and designing surveys
  • Horizontal curve calculation
  • Parabolic (or vertical) curve calculation, and
  • GPS and GNSS concepts
  • Introduction to errors in surveying
  • Random errors in surveying
  • Systematic errors in surveying (general)
  • Basics of GIS
  • GIS design – introduction
  • Horizontal curves
  • Vertical (parabolic) curves
  • Managing systematic errors in total station surveying
  • Managing systematic errors in RTK GPS surveying
  • Introduction to laser scanning
  • Datums and projections-an introduction
  • Wide area plane coordinates (UTM, U.S. State Plane Coordinate Systems, other national systems by request)
  • GPS and GNSS concepts—an introduction
  • Carrier phase GPS—an introduction
  • Introduction to photogrammetry
  • Basics of photogrammetric analysis
  • Concepts in digital photogrammetry
  • Oblique photogrammetric mapping—an introduction
  • ALTA surveys (U.S.)
  • Flood plain mapping and certificates (U.S.)
  • The U.S. Public Land Survey System
  • Least squares adjustment of surveys
  • Laser scanning applications
  • Multispectral mapping
  • GIS applications in government and industry
  • Legal descriptions (several titles)

Technician training

  • Set up tripod with optical (or laser) plummet tribrach
  • Set up tripod with optical plummet (or laser plummet) in total station alidade
  • Setting up RTK GNSS or GPS base station
  • Using a prism pole or antenna pole effectively
  • Simple, rapid, daily instrument checks
  • Check  adjustment of optical plummet or laser plummet in tribrach
  • How to set up and do basic functions with a total station
  • How to set up and do basic functions with an optical or digital level
  • How to set up and do basic functions with a RTK GPS rover
  • Basics of angle measurement
  • Basics of EDM measurements
  • Basics of differential leveling
  • Field test for checking level collimation
  • Field test for determining prism constant
  • Checking all adjustments of total station
  • Basics of setting out with total station
  • Basics of setting out with RTK GPS
  • Basics of trigonometric leveling with total station
  • Checking prism or antenna pole circular level vial adjustment
  • What every technician should know when using RTK GPS
  • Basics of GIS use
  • How to check adjustment of optical/laser plummet tribrach
  • Overview of surveying
  • Basic surveying functions for the technician

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