*offered in Fall A*
This half-semester course focuses on two core geospatial field technologies: GPS (global positioning systems) and field data collection tools using integrated GIS and GPS (e.g. Collector for ArcGIS, Survey123 and others). Main topics in GPS are use of different levels/grades of GPS instruments and peripherals; best practice data collection for point, line and polygon surveys; different methods of both real-time and post-collection differential correction; and assessment and improvement of accuracy/precision. Main topics in field data collection tools are how to use of Collector to acquire point, line and polygon features; development of and use of forms in Collector for field data collection and planning; and similar applications of other software (such as Survey 123), and overall spatial data collection project design. The course format emphasizes hands-on work both outdoors and in the Lab; homework will require some time to complete outside of lab. Prerequisites: at least one prior GIS course or taking EAS 531 concurrently.