News – Geomatics @ Fort Lauderdale Geospatial Education & Research for the 21st Century Mon, 23 Dec 2019 21:15:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Call for special issue papers on social network analysis /2019/12/call-for-special-issue-papers-on-social-network-analysis/ /2019/12/call-for-special-issue-papers-on-social-network-analysis/#respond Mon, 23 Dec 2019 19:23:29 +0000 /?p=4056 Henry Hochmair together with UF alumnus Levente Juhász and Bernd Resch from the University of Salzburg are the guest editors of a Special Issue “Advances in Social Network Analysis – Spatio-Temporal and Semantic Methods” which just went live in the International Journal of Geo-Information. Deadline for manuscript submissions is 30 June 2020.

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Follow UF Geomatics on Social Media /2019/12/follow-uf-geomatics-on-social-media/ /2019/12/follow-uf-geomatics-on-social-media/#respond Tue, 17 Dec 2019 23:36:09 +0000 /?p=4027 The UF Geomatics program is enhancing its social media presence.

Please follow us on your favorite social media platforms for the most up to date program news!

Social Media

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Geomatics & GIS course options for Spring 2020 are available now! /2019/12/geomatics-gis-course-options-for-spring-2020-are-available-now/ /2019/12/geomatics-gis-course-options-for-spring-2020-are-available-now/#respond Tue, 03 Dec 2019 19:48:10 +0000 /?p=4067 Registration for the Spring 2020 semester opens October 28th.

Important Dates:

  • January 3 – Last day for regular registration
  • January 6 – 1st day of classes
  • January 8-10 – Non-degree registration
  • January 10 – Final day for late registration

Don’t wait another minute! Contact Adam today to receive advice on Spring 2020 University of Florida Geomatics courses that will fit your learning objectives.

The full list of Spring 2020 Geomatics courses can be found here.

Please note the University will be closed from December 24th through January 2nd. If you contact us over the break, we’ll get back to you as soon as we return!

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Want to learn how to map with drones? The Foundations of UAS Mapping course in Spring 2020 is for you! /2019/12/want-to-learn-how-to-map-with-drones-the-foundations-of-uas-mapping-course-in-spring-2020-is-for-you/ /2019/12/want-to-learn-how-to-map-with-drones-the-foundations-of-uas-mapping-course-in-spring-2020-is-for-you/#respond Mon, 02 Dec 2019 19:52:07 +0000 /?p=4069 The University of Florida Geomatics program is proud to bring its research expertise in the field of mapping with small Unmanned Aerial Systems (a.k.a. drones) to the classroom.

The first mapping with Unmanned Aerial Systems course offered in the 3 course UAS sequence is SUR4501C/SUR6502C Foundations of UAS Mapping.

SUR4501C/SUR6502C will be offered with the working professional in mind.

Labs will be every other Saturday here at the Fort Lauderdale REC during the Spring 2020 semester.

Classes start January 6th. The last day of Drop/Add for the Spring semester is January 10th. You do not want to miss this opportunity!

For more information on non-degree registration and additional course details, please contact Adam Benjamin.

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GIS for Engineers presentation @ FSMS Broward – 11/21 /2019/11/gis-for-engineers-presentation-fsms-broward-11-21/ /2019/11/gis-for-engineers-presentation-fsms-broward-11-21/#respond Thu, 21 Nov 2019 19:56:12 +0000 /?p=4071 On November 21st, Emily Zeilberger from WGI gave a presentation entitled “Helping Engineers Help Themselves with GIS” to the FSMS Broward Chapter.

Thank you to all who attended and participated in the very interesting discussion!

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UF Geomatics @ Broward College GIS Day – 11/13 /2019/11/uf-geomatics-broward-college-gis-day-11-13/ /2019/11/uf-geomatics-broward-college-gis-day-11-13/#respond Wed, 13 Nov 2019 20:20:05 +0000 /?p=4082 On November 13th, Broward College celebrated the international GIS Day.

Adam Benjamin and Henry Hochmair were glad to represent UF and present as part of the festivities celebrating the geospatial profession.

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UF Geomatics @ SWFL GIS Symposium – 11/7 /2019/11/uf-geomatics-swfl-gis-symposium-11-7/ /2019/11/uf-geomatics-swfl-gis-symposium-11-7/#respond Thu, 07 Nov 2019 19:33:26 +0000 /?p=4063 On November 7th, Adam Benjamin represented the University of Florida Geomatics program at the 9th Annual Southwest Florida GIS Symposium.

Adam gave a presentation entitled, “Avoiding sensor overload: UAS sensor fundamentals for mapping professionals.”

This annual 1 day GIS event at the Minnesota Twins Player Development Academy in Fort Myers was a great way to reconnect with old friends and make new ones.

Thank you again Amy and the organizing committee for putting on an excellent geospatial event!!

We look forward to being back in 2020!

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UF Geomatics research published in Journal of Surveying Engineering /2019/10/uf-geomatics-research-published-in-journal-of-surveying-engineering/ /2019/10/uf-geomatics-research-published-in-journal-of-surveying-engineering/#respond Thu, 31 Oct 2019 19:34:18 +0000 /?p=4087 Adam Benjamin co-authored a Journal of Surveying Engineering paper entitled, “Improving Data Acquisition Efficiency: Systematic Accuracy Evaluation of GNSS-Assisted Aerial Triangulation in UAS Operations”.

Abstract: The number of unmanned aerial system (UAS) mapping applications that require high-accuracy data sets have grown significantly in recent years. Indirect georeferencing (IG) requires the establishment of multiple, well distributed ground control points (GCPs) throughout a project site. UAS mapping operations can now use precise navigation trajectories with position and/or orientation observations to replace or augment GCPs. Assisted aerial triangulation (AAT), which uses only airborne camera perspective center (CPC) observations to augment GCPs, is the primary method investigated herein. The objective of this study is to rigorously analyze the impact that each additional GCP in UAS structure from motion (SfM) photogrammetric processing has on the spatial accuracy of UAS-derived orthophotos and digital surface models (DSMs) when comparing AAT to IG. Three separate flights with two different cameras were flown over a project site that had a network of nine GCPs and 70 additional checkpoints (CPs). The authors carried out 29 unique processing trials for each flight, varying the georeferencing method and the quantity of GCPs used. American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing’s (ASPRS’s) Positional Accuracy Standards for Digital Geospatial Data provided reporting metrics to evaluate the derived orthophoto and DSM from each processing trial. UAS SfM processing using AAT with minimal to no augmenting GCPs provided high spatial accuracy products that met or exceeded more traditional workflows reliant on IG. When using AAT, the inclusion of at least one GCP improved vertical spatial accuracy relative to processing trials by using airborne positioning alone. To ensure the focal length was resolved during camera self-calibration, the inclusion of at least two high-accuracy GCPs in the simultaneous bundle block adjustment (SBBA) is recommended.

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UF Geomatics @ South Florida Career Construction Days – 10/22 & 10/23 /2019/10/uf-geomatics-south-florida-career-construction-days-10-22-10-23/ /2019/10/uf-geomatics-south-florida-career-construction-days-10-22-10-23/#respond Wed, 23 Oct 2019 18:28:37 +0000 /?p=4060 The University of Florida Geomatics program participated in the 2019 South Florida Career Construction Days along with other local surveying and mapping professionals.

With over 2000 high school students in attendance from Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs, this annual event was a great success yet again!

Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to give back to the profession!!

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Peninsular Florida Lidar Project presentation @ FSMS Broward – 10/10 /2019/10/peninsular-florida-lidar-project-presentation-fsms-broward-10-10/ /2019/10/peninsular-florida-lidar-project-presentation-fsms-broward-10-10/#respond Thu, 10 Oct 2019 19:02:59 +0000 /?p=4074 On October 10th, Al Karlin from Dewberry gave an overview presentation of the Florida Peninsular Lidar Project to the FSMS Broward Chapter.

Thank you Al for making the trip down to South Florida to give the very interesting presentation!

Thank you to all for coming out and participating in the lively discussion!

As always, UF Geomatics is glad to host and support Florida Surveying and Mapping Society activities.

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