Orientation to the field of Geomatics including Boundary Surveying, Geodesy, Forensic Surveying, Construction Surveying, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and other types of surveys. Involves presentations by community/industry professionals encompassing the Geomatics occupation. Teaches college success principles and practices for the Geomatics program. Lab access fee of $35 for computers applies.
Explores the field of Geomatics and Surveying through the writings of Egyptian, Greek, Roman, European, English, and American surveyors and historians. Discusses how, what, and why these surveyors did what they did and how their contributions impacted the current practice of surveying, including the shaping of private land ownership and the development of the structure of our nation. Presents Utah land history including, the rectangular system, pioneer city plats, and other important surveys of Utah such as territorial, state, and Spanish and Mexican Grant boundaries. Lab access fee of $35 for computers applies.
Examines the science of geodesy. Includes size and shape of the earth, spherical and ellipsoidal geometry, the celestial sphere, and astronomical trigonometry. Involves Global Positioning Systems theory for computating of position on the earth using three-dimensional coordinate systems, reference coordinate systems, state plane coordinates, transformations, spheriod, ellisoid, geoid datums, celestial sphere, orthometric heights and leveling. Covers basic properties and characteristics of the most common map projections with emphasis on the projections used in State Plane Coordinates such as Lambert Conformal, Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM). Exposes the student to survey applications of practical astronomy including time systems, astronomical azimuth, and Solar/Polaris observations and calculations.
Examines principals of photogrammetry as applied to surveying and mapping. Covers geometry of vertical and aerial photographs, stereoscopic parallax, geometry of tilted photographs, stereoplotter mapping, close-range photographic analysis, planimetric and topographic maps, flight planning, digital photogrammetry, aerial cameras and camera calibration, and the theory and techniques of orientation. Introduces digital imagery, aerial triangulation, and the history of photogrammetry. Software fee of $18 applies. Lab access fee of $35 for computers applies.
Introduces and describes digital imagery, aerial triangulation, Remote Sensing and their history. Covers principles of Remote Sensing and the integration of Remote Sensing with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Teaches a fundamental knowledge of aerial photography, photogrammetry, multispectral, Hyperspectral, Thermal, RADAR, LiDAR image analysis. Identifies various equipment and instrumentation used in producing Remote Sensing products. Describes image preprocessing and image enhancements as well as differentiating and classifying various accuracy assessment techniques. Software fee of $18 applies. Lab access fee of $35 for computers applies.
Studies U.S. Public Land Survey System (PLSS) as described in the current official Department of the Interior-Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Manual of Instructions for Surveying Public Lands with emphasis on federal, state, and other applicable laws, evidence, resurveys, and subdivision of sections. Covers a detailed study of general and special instructions, irregularities in subdivisions, lost and obliterated corners, single and double proportion methods, monumentation, riparian boundary laws and rights, hiatuses, mineral surveys, and official survey documents. Introduces Spanish and Mexican land grants, as well as state and national boundaries. Lab access fee of $35 for computers applies.
Involves analysis, interpretation, and writing of legal descriptions with proper form, controlling elements, metes-and-bounds, sectionalized land descriptions, easements, and rights-of-way. Discusses different types of descriptions, junior-senior rights in descriptions, latent & patent ambiguities, basis of bearing and interpretation, easements, and reversions. Applies practical exercises and case studies. Studies the responsibilities of the professional land surveyor regarding due diligence in searching public land records and performing applicable legal research. Examines public records and recording laws. Emphasizes title search to patent and includes zoning laws relating to land. Involves tour(s) of local record systems and/or public offices..
Examines observation theory, and observational error analysis. Discusses the theory of measurement errors, principles of error propagation, variance and covariance, and the theory of the least squares method. Studies variances and co-variances of observed, derived, and adjusted quantities; regression analysis, and polynomial curve fitting. Involves systems of linear equations, linearization, and iteration of nonlinear equations; adjustment validation using hypothesis testing; modeling of surveying problems using different techniques of least squares and also presents several methods used to fit survey data to mathematical and survey models. Software fee of $18 applies. Lab access fee of $35 for computers applies.
Discusses land use planning techniques for residential and commercial developments. Subdivisions, industrial parks, and commercial complexes are studied along with the associated governmental regulations, codes, rules, and approval processes and procedures. Requires a mock public presentation on course projects. Uses current surveying/engineering software to develop and plot drawings including; subdivision plats, records of survey, ALTA surveys, topographic site surveys, and other maps. Software fee of $18 applies. Lab access fee of $35 for computers applies.
Applies principles and theories presented in prerequisite courses and moves the student to an advanced applications level. Studies the establishment of control surveys and survey networks. Reviews compass rule adjustment computation, matrix methods and least squares adjustment methods, random and systemic errors in measuring, and error propagation. Offers field applications of Radial and GPS surveying systems: static, kinematic and RTK procedures, data collection, post processing coordinate transformation, creation, and report generation. Teaches practical applications of network adjustment, control surveys, triangulation, and precision traverses with precise elevation control. Requires demonstration of field skills and techniques. Software fee of $18 applies. Lab access fee of $35 for computers applies.
Applies principles and theories presented in prerequisite courses and moves the student to an advanced field applications level. Develops computations and practical applications covering Route and Construction surveys. Includes computer solutions and applications from plans and specifications using modern data collection and coordinate geometry (COGO) computer software.$35 course fee for computers, and $18 course fee for software applies.
Studies the responsibilities of the land boundary surveyor in protecting rights, title, and interest of the land; riparian and littoral rights, bona-fide rights, boundary easements and reversions, conveyances; sequential and simultaneous. Presents principles and rules of evidence. Includes monuments and monumentation, boundary locations, and procedures used to establish new boundaries and locate existing boundaries. Lab access fee of $35 for computers applies.
Focuses on specific surveying applications and field survey techniques employed by surveyors on various field and office tasks including horizontal and vertical networks and traverses, route surveys, and topographic/site surveys, and machine control methods. Teaches the construction, care, maintenance, calibration, effective setup and observation methods used for; global positioning systems (GPS), total robotic stations, 3D laser scanners, automatic levels, modern data collectors, coordinate geometry (COGO) and computer-aided drafting (CAD) software and other geospatial surveying systems and instruments. Lab access fee of $35 applies. Software fee of $25 applies.
Focuses on researching the body of law as it applies to the practice of surveying. Covers common law associated with the Statute of Frauds, Constructive Notice, and Surveyor/Attorney interaction and roles. Discusses principles and concepts of dispute and conflict resolution as well as the specific role of the expert witness. Reviews the fact finder role of the surveyor in research/investigation techniques and sources while focusing on facts of a case and the applicable laws. Completers will work on case studies and prepare a final legal research paper. Involves tour(s) of a law library.
Focuses on projects both lab/office and field work. Uses a mentor based teaching model to engage in several projects from inception to final deliverables. Requires students to make project decisions individually and as a team regarding each aspect of the various assigned projects. Requires each team member to demonstrate their own ability to perform all tasks required to complete the assigned projects within a given time frame resulting in deliverables that meet a pre-professional level of competency. Lab access fee of $35 applies. Software fee of $25 applies.
Examines the planning, organizing, and application of field and office practices, and develops a practical business plan including policies and procedures associated with a typical professional surveying firm providing surveying services to the public and private sector. Reviews and applies a myriad management principles and functions including: operations, financial, marketing, human resource, project, and risk management. Exposes the student to the functions of typical financial software. Explores business concepts specific to surveying; pricing, fees, bidding, proposals, contracts, and professional liabilities. Involves developing a business plan for a professional surveying firm. Lab access fee of $35 for computers applies.
Consists of lectures presented by guest speakers or faculty on various topics in Geomatics including but not limited to: land surveying, mapping, remote sensing, geodesy, legal issues, photogrammetry, and various new and emerging technologies. May be repeated for a maximum of 1 credit toward graduation.
Teaches the code of ethics adopted by the Utah Council of Land Surveyors (UCLS). Explains meaning and attributes of professionalism along with the ethical, moral, and social responsibilities of surveyors. Integrates laws for practicing surveying with professional ethics as well as the roles of multi-culturalism and globalization. Includes model standards (international, national, and state), professional survey liability cases, safety, risks, professional client relationships, bribery, global engagement, contracts, and intellectual property. Involves lecture, readings, case studies, and other media.
Provides opportunities to apply classroom theory and principles to actual on-the-job work experience, on a paid or non-paid basis, in the field of Geomatics. Emphasizes the establishment of goals, learning objectives, and expected outcomes with their Faculty Sponsor at the beginning of the internship and/or semester. Involves the submittal of a comprehensive written report at the end of the semester consisting of an evaluation of original goals and objectives and reflects on the acheived outcomes gained from the work experience. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits toward graduation. May be graded credit/no credit.
Studies a chosen topic in Geomatics. The topic may vary depending on demand. May include research, experimentation, analysis, and reporting. May be taken more than once for different topics and for a maximum of 8 credits toward graduation.
Provides an opportunity for a senior Geomatics student to participate in a significant and current research project which will advance the field of Geomatics. Includes independent study and laboratory/field work as necessary and must be approved and supervised by an assigned faculty mentor. Culminates in the preparation of a written paper and oral presentation describing the results of the research and/or completed project to project stakeholders, interested students, faculty, administration, the professional Geomatics community, and the broader general audience. Lab access fee of $35 applies. Software fee of $25 applies.