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Applied Geodesy and Geographic Calculator Training

This one day session covers the foundations and principles of Geodesy and mapping. Whether you're an expert in GIS or just starting out, this course is essential to understanding the real concepts behind mapping. The class includes a detailed overview of coordinate transformation, coordinate system definitions, and geodesy. Users are then walked through the features and functions of the Geographic Calculator software including interactive conversions, point database conversions, vector data conversions, and working with custom coordinate systems. This is a great opportunity to apply those geodetic concepts with the software.

The instruction technique is hands-on so each attendee must bring a Windows-based laptop computer to the class with the latest build of the Geographic Calculator installed. If necessary, a temporary license file will be provided to enable all of the functionality of the software for the duration of the class. Users are encouraged to bring their own data for these sessions.

Are you interested in becoming a certified Geographic Calculator user? All attendees who successfully complete the one-day course will be issued an official certificate of completion and will be recognized as a certified user. For more information on the benefits of certification click here.

Training Agenda

This class does not require significant experience with geodesy and is approached at a practical user level in order to bring new users up to speed or refresh more experienced users on concepts and terminology encountered in geodesy.

Morning Session

This lecture/discussion-style session encourages open dialog with attendees and reviews concepts of basic geodetics such as:

  • Ellipsoid and datum models and their significance
    • The significance of prime meridian
    • The role of GPS-era systems in modern work
  • Historic regional models versus modern global models
  • Common types of coordinate systems
  • Units of measure and unique problem areas
  • Coordinate transformations (commonly known as datum transformations)
    • Methods and their significance
    • Accuracies commonly associated with methods
    • The regional nature of transformation parameters
    • Time-based transformations
    • Vertical datum transformations
    • Common issues encountered with transformations
  • Vertical datums & geoid models
  • Map projections and their properties
    • Scale factor & convergence
    • Distortions of distance, angles, areas, and direction
    • Common map projections
    • Selection of projections

Afternoon Session

Designed for the beginner to intermediate Geographic Calculator user, with a hands-on approach, attendees will explore the following topics:

  • The interface and capabilities of the Geographic Calculator
    • Managing workspaces
    • Sharing data between multiple users
  • Interactive conversions jobs
    • Coordinate conversions
    • Coordinate transformations
    • Saving reports and logs of conversions
    • Forward/Inverse calculations - distance & azimuth between points
  • Point database conversions
    • Supported formats
    • Calculations of basic spreadsheet data
    • Vectorizations of tabular data
    • Batch processing
    • Import/Export of ASCII data
    • Forward/Inverse calculations
  • Seismic data conversions
    • Importing and loading of standard and non-standard seismic data
    • Coordinate conversions/transformations of seismic data
    • Batch processing of seismic data
  • Vector data conversions
    • Supported formats
    • Format specific capabilities
    • Conversions/Transformations of vector data
    • Batch processing
  • Using the viewer
    • Loading data
    • Using the viewer for data inspection