‘What do those numbers mean anyway?’ – the relationship between the map, the compass and the GPS unit. The continuum of GPS familiarity flows from basic to more complex, from knowledge/content through to application. This is an experiential, “hands-on” opportunity with the GPS unit. The resource is the manual and DVD ‘What do those numbers mean anyway?’

 

GPS – THE FOUNDATIONS

MAP, COMPASS AND GPS

“What do those numbers mean anyway?’ – the relationship between the map, the compass and the GPS unit.  The continuum of GPS familiarity flows from basic to more complex, from knowledge/content through to application.  This is an experiential, “hands-on” opportunity with the GPS unit.

Basic Certification: intended for individuals who are at the high school level and/or participants who want an abbreviated version of the full course (ie. due to time constraints or general interest).
The required resource for this level is the GPS Field Guide and Plotter as well as a minimum of 4-5 hours of instruction, including training in at least 1 spatial grid system (UTM or Lat/Long). Valid for 2 years.

Advanced Certification: geared to individuals at the high school, post-secondary level, corporate, emergency services, teachers, general public, etc… The course provides more in-depth training (including both UTM and Latitude/Longitude) and understanding related to the relationships between the map, compass and GPS.
The GPS Manual/DVD is the REQUIRED resource for this Certification level and includes a minimum of 7-8 hours of instruction. Valid for 3 years.

Course Dates and Registration

 

GIS – INTRODUCTION

MAPPING SOFTWARE, CREATING A SPATIAL FILE

Using a mapping software, creating applicable digital files with spatial data and imagery.  This extends the “capture” of data in the field and bringing it all together in a mapping environment.  The resource includes a CD of content in Power Point format.

 

LEVEL III

GETTING TO FIRST BASE WITH G.I.S.

POINTS, LINES, POLYGONS, CREATING A MAP AND DATA QUERIES

“Everyone and everything” will become part of a Geographic Information System (GIS).  This allows the participant to bring GPS data into the GIS environment.  Also, basic queries are covered related to the spatial layers of data.  This is a foundations perspective for those considering embracing GIS from a “users” or management perspective.  The resource includes Power Point format and the utilization of the ESRI – ArcGIS software (site licence).