Geomatics: Education is Key

Our society is facing many complex challenges. Climate change is related to many issues today’s governments are having to deal with. Think of food security, migration, social justice, urban planning and water supply – these are all topics that are under increasing pressure due to the effects of global warming. The growing world population is another important hazard that is pushing policymakers to the edge. The combination of these two major threats demands cost-efficient, innovative and smart solutions. The geomatics industry can deliver many of these solutions but, although there are some parties that are doing great work, the real... (read more)
2016-04-05 12:03:53
2015-06-10 05:23:59

New Map Medium Education

In the midst of a map-consumer delivery revolution, the ICA ‘Maps and the Internet Commission’ formed in 1999 continues its work analysing, developing, communicating and educating regarding this new medium. In doing so it makes use of a combination of conferences, symposiums and hands-on workshops. Meetings have served to promote innovative research and the exchange of information associated with the distribution of maps and spatial data via the internet. Commission meetings since 2000 have focused on identifying key issues and defining a framework for research. Initial work culminated in the 2003 publication of Maps and the Internet, released as a... (read more)
2006-08-23 12:00:00

Education Resources Renewal

PCI Geomatics (Canada) has renewed the current Eduserv Chest agreement for Geomatica software for three years. Under this agreement educational institutes in the UK and Ireland are able at low cost to rent Geomatica and eCognition software on a site license basis. The eCognition package is available with or without Geomatica. Eduserv Chest negotiates for all forms of commercial electronic resources (software, courseware, abstracts, full text, journals, etc.) available for education and research communities in the UK and Ireland, as well as for various other groups. In most cases, Chest manages the resultant agreements. (read more)
2005-03-17 12:00:00

Geomatics Education in Latvia

Developments in Geomatics Education (2)
The term ‘geomatics’ came into use in the Latvian technical education system during implementation of the international project Geomatic Education in Latvia (GEMLA). The author provides some background and discusses the new Geomatics programme to be launched in academic year 2007/2008. The GEMLA project was implemented by the Department of Geodesy at Riga Technical University in co-operation with Mikkeli Polytechnic (Finland), Karlsruhe University of Technology (Germany) and Nottingham Trent University (UK), resulting in establishment on 24th February 2003 of the Department of Geomatics. Study Programme Over a hundred students are enrolled on the degree course ‘Geodesy and Cartography’. This academic... (read more)
2007-02-23 12:00:00

Worksheet for Education

The ICA Commission on Education and Training is an active group of cartographers with wide-ranging interest in ensuring the successful passing on of knowledge to the next generation and maintaining the professional development of current cartographers. It must therefore have a firm grasp on contemporary issues and good ideas about how efficiently to communicate them.To meet these requirements an ambitious list of twenty projects (in bold below) for the Commission to address has been published on its well-maintained website ( 1). The Commission welcomes further input from any interested bodies.One priority is the development of modules for the existing web-based... (read more)
2010-01-28 03:55:09

Developments in Geomatics Education

Many institutes for geo(infor)matics education experienced hard times around the turn of the millennium. In particular, the influx of new students was often dramatically low and some university boards decided to erase land surveying and geodesy from their list of educational programmes. How do things stand now? Many new programmes have been set up in recent years. For example, a new bachelor degree programme in Geodesy and Geoinformatics began at the University of Zagreb, Croatia in academic year 2005/2006, while the master’s programme is to get underway in 2008/09. Since 2005/06 Delft University of Technology has been offering a two-year... (read more)
2007-08-11 12:00:00

Geomatics Education in Croatia

Developments in Geomatics Education (1)
During the past year the Faculty of Geodesy at the University of Zagreb has introduced fundamental reform of all its education programmes, undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate doctoral studies, and established a completely new postgraduate specialisation course. The author provides detailed background information and preliminary evaluation. Croatia has a longstanding tradition of higher education in surveying and geodesy. The seminal textbook by Martin Sabolovi´c, Exercitationes Gaeodeticae, was printed in 1775 and the first academic diplomas certifying that one could act as surveyor date back to 1811. At the Royal Forestry Academy, founded in Zagreb in 1898, geodesy was from the start... (read more)
2007-02-23 12:00:00

Geomatics Education in Australia

Developments in Geomatics Education (7)
Surveying/geomatics education programmes for the training of professional surveyors in Australia were introduced in each state in the second half of the twentieth century, replacing an articled pupil system that had operated for more than a century. There are currently about 1,100 equivalent full-time undergraduate geomatics students in the eight four-year geomatics programmes, with approximately two hundred graduating each year. The preferred optimum would be twice that number. Reduced government funding and declining enrolment on geomatics courses have put education institutions under increased pressure to rationalise their programmes, resulting in reduced staff numbers and, in some cases, closures. Formal programmes... (read more)
2007-06-14 12:00:00

Foresight in Survey Education

GPS Teaching Outreach
It's no secret that GPS systems have changed surveying. To keep pace with industry, international educational systems need to teach students how to use GPS systems and modern survey equipment, such as robotic total-stations. Within the framework of the Educational Partnership Program more than five hundred educational institutions in North and South America and Europe have been supplied with Topcon survey and GPS equipment.   Surveyors using GPS equipment can do much more work in less time; using a GPS system means that a survey project that formerly took a crew five days is now completed in just three, with... (read more)
2009-12-04 11:40:27
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