[unav_all] Short course: Using TLS and Structure from Motion (SfM) Photogrammetry in Undergraduate Field Education

Beth Pratt-Sitaula prattsitaula at unavco.org
Thu Mar 10 13:02:32 MST 2016

Using TLS and Structure from Motion (SfM) Photogrammetry in Undergraduate Field Education - Short Course

Dates: 6 pm Tuesday August 16 – noon Friday August 19, 2016
Location: Indiana University Geologic Field Station (http://www.indiana.edu/~iugfs/ <http://www.indiana.edu/~iugfs/>), Cardwell, MT in the Tobacco Root Mountains of southwest Montana
APPLICATION and more information on the short course webpage https://www.unavco.org/education/advancing-geodetic-skills/short-courses/2016/field-education/field-education.html <https://www.unavco.org/education/advancing-geodetic-skills/short-courses/2016/field-education/field-education.html> - DEADLINE April 7th (space limited apply now)


Fieldwork is an integral part of the geosciences and there is a longstanding tradition of teaching field methods as part of the undergraduate curriculum. As the technologies for scientific examination of Earth have grown, there is more interest in introducing these geodetic technologies into field education curriculum. Technology integration into field education has several advantages, including student engagement and workforce development. This short course has been developed in response to community interest and input.


The goal of this workshop is to equip instructors of geoscience courses with field components with the knowledge and skills needed to integrate terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) and structure from motion (SfM) photogrammetry methods and applications into their courses. The type of teaching resources that will be featured can be previewed in modules “Using TLS in undergraduate geology field courses” https://www.unavco.org/education/resources/educational-resources/lesson/field-geodesy/field-geodesy.html <https://www.unavco.org/education/resources/educational-resources/lesson/field-geodesy/field-geodesy.html>). We also hope to use this workshop as an opportunity to discuss best practices, learn about other uses of these technologies in field education, and to identify needs and recommendations for facility support of geodesy in field education. Participation is encouraged for instructors who expect to request field education support from UNAVCO in the future.


Course will begin at 6 pm on August 16th, 2016 and end at noon on August 19th, 2016. Optional August 19th afternoon with more surveying applications for participants whose travel schedule does not allow departure that day or who wish to stay. The soonest flight departure time for August 19th is 2:30 pm from Bozeman, MT. 

IUGFS is located about an hour west of Bozeman, MT. The short course will cover the cost of economy airfare from participants’ home airports to/from Bozeman, MT and shuttling to/from the Field Station. We will also provide housing (Field Station dorms) and food during the short course. Expenses associated with getting to your home airport and food/expense en route are the responsibility of the traveler.

Questions please contact me – Beth Pratt-Sitaula

Beth Pratt-Sitaula, PhD
UNAVCO Science Education Specialist
prattsitaula at unavco.org | 509-899-3480 | www.unavco.com

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