Courses – Engineering Geomatics


Engineering Geomatics is a new field that integrates collection,
processing, and analysis of geospatial data. This course covers (1)
Geodetic models for the shape of the Earth and evolving dynamic changes
in the shape of the earth due to tectonic motion and sea level rise; (2)
Elements and usage of three dimensional terrain data; (3) Basic and
advanced differential GPS positioning, satellite constellations,
ionospheric and multi-path effects; (4) Digital globe techniques (5)
Advanced laser-mapping using terrestrial LIDAR; (6) Quantitative terrain
analysis and change detection using LIDAR technology; (7)
Hydrogeomatics – seafloor positioning and terrain analysis. Letter

Considerable field laboratory work is involved in this class. A quarter
project report will involve data collection of real-time kinematic
global positioning satellite data and integrating these with LiDAR data
we will collect using a scanning-laser terrestrial LiDAR system.
Students learn a suite of filtering algorithms and geo-referencing
techniques to register and clean laser data. A surface model will be
made for a portion of the UCLA campus, and compared with data collected
in prior years in order to detect fine scale changes in the topography
of the campus. Results will be presented in a Digital-Globe format.