News – Geomatics @ Fort Lauderdale Geospatial Education & Research for the 21st Century Thu, 12 Sep 2019 22:46:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Follow UF Geomatics on Social Media Tue, 10 Sep 2019 22:36:09 +0000 The UF Geomatics program is enhancing its social media presence.

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UF Geomatics @ South Florida GIS Expo – 8/22 & 8/23 Fri, 23 Aug 2019 21:59:30 +0000 The UF Geomatics program from the Fort Lauderdale REC was well-represented at the 2019 South Florida GIS Expo in West Palm Beach, FL.

Henry Hochmair, Levente Juhasz, and Jennifer Fu gave a presentation entitled, “Coral Gables Sea Level Rise Impact Planning Tool.”

Adam Benjamin and Earl Soeder gave a talk entitled, “One sensor does not fit all: an overview of UAS sensors and payloads for mapping professionals.”

Fisal Basheeh, Innocensia Owuor, and Ammar Mandourah all presented project posters at the Expo as well.

Congratulations to Fisal & Innocensia for taking home 2nd and 3rd place prizes in the poster competition!

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CALS Teaching Enhancement Symposium – 8/13 Tue, 13 Aug 2019 21:46:22 +0000 At the 2019 CALS Teaching Enhancement Symposium (TES) in Gainesville, Henry Hochmair and Adam Benjamin moderated a session entitled, “Innovations in Distance Education Presented by 2018 and 2019 Distance Eduation (DE) Mini-Grant Recipients.

They also presented their work as 2019 DE mini-grant recipients. Their project was titled, “Enhancement of SUR 5365 Digital Mapping to earn compliance with UF+QM Standards for Teaching in Online courses.”

Thank you to all who participated! See you in 2020!

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Welcome, Innocensia! Tue, 13 Aug 2019 02:32:01 +0000 Innocensia has joined our UF/IFAS Fort Lauderdale REC Geomatics program as a full-time PhD student and graduate assistant this Fall.

Innocensia is originally from Kenya where she completed her BS degree in Geospatial Engineering. In 2018, she completed a MS degree in Geographic Information Systems at the University of Nairobi in Kenya.

She will be focusing her research efforts on applied spatial analysis in the field of volunteered geographic information.

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Welcome, Fisal! Wed, 07 Aug 2019 02:38:16 +0000 Fisal has joined our UF/IFAS Fort Lauderdale REC Geomatics program as a full-time PhD student starting this August.

Fisal is originally from Saudi Arabia where he completed his BS degree in Geomatics Engineering. In 2016, he completed a MS degree in Geographic Information Systems at the University of Redlands in Redlands, California.

He will be focusing his research efforts on applied spatial analysis in the field of volunteered geographic information.

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Human mobility paper published in Urban Science Sun, 04 Aug 2019 22:28:27 +0000 Ahmed Ahmouda, Henry Hochmair, and Sreten Cvetojevic coauthored a study published in the journal Urban Science.

The paper is entitled, “Using Twitter to Analyze the Effect of Hurricanes on Human Mobility Patterns.”

Abstract: Understanding human mobility patterns becomes essential in crisis management and response. This study analyzes the effect of two hurricanes in the United States on human mobility patterns, more specifically on trip distance (displacement), radius of gyration, and mean square displacement, using Twitter data. The study examines three geographical regions which include urbanized areas (Houston, Texas; Miami-Dade County, Florida) and both rural and urbanized areas (North and South Carolina) affected by hurricanes Matthew (2016) and Harvey (2017). Comparison of movement patterns before, during, and after each hurricane shows that displacement and activity space decreased during the events in the regions. Part of this decline can be potentially tied to observed lower tweet numbers around supply facilities during hurricanes, when many of them are closed, as well as to numerous flooded and blocked roads reported in the affected regions. Furthermore, it is shown that displacement patterns can be modeled through a truncated power-law before, during, and after the analyzed hurricanes, which demonstrates the resilience of human mobility behavior in this regard. Analysis of hashtag use in the three study areas indicates that Twitter contributors post about the events primarily during the hurricane landfall and to some extent also during hurricane preparation. This increase in hurricane-related Twitter topics and decrease in activity space provides a tie between changed travel behavior in affected areas and user perception of hurricanes in the Twitter community. Overall, this study adds to the body of knowledge that connects human mobility to natural crises at the local level. It suggests that governmental and rescue operations need to respond to and be prepared for reduced mobility of residents in affected regions during natural crisis events.

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FSMS Conference & Awards – Benjamin Sun, 28 Jul 2019 18:24:31 +0000 The annual FSMS Conference at the Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando, Fl held July 24th through July 27th was well-attended by the Florida surveying and mapping profession with over 400 participants.

Congratulations is in store for Adam Benjamin! He received two awards:

  • 2019 President’s Award for his commitment to developing and maintaining the Survey Equipment Theft database
  • 2019 Young Professional Surveyor & Mapper of the Year
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UF Geomatics @ AGILE 2019 – Cyprus Thu, 20 Jun 2019 13:46:27 +0000 Henry Hochmair and Levente Juhasz collaborated on a research paper presented at the 22nd AGILE Conference on GIS in Cyprus from June 17-20. The paper is entitled, “Analysis of Flickr, Snapchat, and Twitter use for the modeling of visitor activity in Florida State Parks.”

Abstract: Spatio-temporal information attached to social media posts allows analysts to study human activity and travel behavior. This study analyzes contribution patterns to the Flickr, Snapchat, and Twitter platforms in over 100 state parks in Central and Northern Florida. The first part of the study correlates monthly visitor count data with the number of Flickr images, snaps, or tweets, contributed within the park areas. It provides insight into the suitability of these different social media platforms to be used as a proxy for the prediction of visitor numbers in state parks. The second part of the study analyzes the spatial distribution of social media contributions within state parks relative to different types of points of interest that are present in a state park. It examines and compares the location preferences between users from the three different platforms and therefore can draw a picture about the topical focus of each platform.

Hochmair, H. H. and Juhász, L. (2019). Analysis of Flickr, Snapchat, and Twitter use for the modeling of visitor activity in Florida State Parks. Short paper presented at the 22nd AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science, Limassol, Cyprus. PDF

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Fall 2019 registration has arrived! Wed, 12 Jun 2019 16:24:52 +0000 Registration for the Fall 2019 semester is here.

Important Fall 2019 Dates:

  • August 19 (M) – Last day for regular registration
  • August 20 (TU) – 1st day of classes
  • August 20-23, 26 – Non-degree registration
  • August 26 (M) – Final day for late registration

Don’t wait another minute!

Contact Adam today to receive advice on Fall 2019 University of Florida Geomatics courses that will fit your learning objectives.

The full list of Fall 2019 Geomatics courses can be found here.

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Roadmap to Becoming Professionally Licensed – 6/20 Wed, 12 Jun 2019 14:00:12 +0000 On June 20th (TH) at 630PM, UF Geomatics will be hosting the FSMS Broward monthly meeting.

Todd Bates, our presenter for the evening, will be leading a discussion entitled, “Navigating the Winding Road: A Definitive Roadmap from Technician to Licensed PSM.”

This presentation will be valuable for any individuals interested in becoming professionally licensed as Professional Surveyors and Mappers in Florida.

All are welcome. To RSVP, please email Adam by 6/18.

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