Courses – Robert E. Kayen, Ph.D., P.E.


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 Grade.

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.