Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering

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Course NumberCourse NameDescriptionCredit Hours
GGE6001 Advanced Engineering and Mining Surveying The course covers selected topics according to student's interest in: Design and analysis of integrated deformation surveys, prediction and monitoring of ground subsidence in mining areas, advancement in geodetic and geotechnical instrumentation, industrial surveys, telemetric data acquisition in engineering surveys, introduction to the finite element method, and pre-analysis and optimization of engineering and mining surveys.Prerequisites: GGE 5041, GGE 5061. Co-requisite: GGE 4093. 3 ch
GGE6013 Inegrated Monitoring and Deformation Analysis This course will be offered to the graduate students who would like to learn problems related to integrated monitoring and deterministic modeling of deformations of engineering and natural structures. The course will include summary of tree-strain analysis based on principles of continuum mechanics, principles of finite element method, review of monitoring and deterministic analysis of elected problems, tunneling, underground mining, open pit mining, earth and rock fill dams, concrete dams. The course will include use of FEM code GEO/SLOPE. This course will be a combination of lectures, seminars and use of FEM code in solving some problems related to the course topic. 3 ch
GGE6022 Advanced Topics in Ocean Mapping This course will focus on current, important issues in ocean mapping. The specific topic of the course will be selected based on the background and interests of the students. Potential topics include (though not limited to): New advances in ocean mapping data systems (swath mapping, sidescan sonar, hybrid systems, subbottom profilers); processing of ocean mapping data; remote classification of seafloor materials; relevant topics in oceanography and marine geology/geophysics; environmental applications of ocean mapping. A seminar format is used. 3 ch
GGE6023 Multibeam Sonar: Theory, Measurement, and Analysis 3 ch
GGE6031 Advanced Topics in Geodetic Surveying The course covers selected topics according to student's interest in: Technological advancements in terrestrial and space surveying instrumentation, testing and calibration of surveying instruments, systematic errors and correlation of observations, influence of the atmospheric refraction, design and optimization of geodetic control surveys. A seminar format is used.Prerequisite: GGE 3022 3 ch
GGE6093 Advanced Topics in Industrial Metrology Selected topics in industrial metrology, according to student's interest: Optical tooling; three-dimensional coordinating systems; measurement of intangible magnitudes; setting out control in construction requiring high precision, e.g. nuclear accelerator experiments. This course will be structured as a combination of classroom lectures, directed study, and laboratory assignments.Prerequisite: GGE 5041 or equivalent. 3 ch
GGE6102 Quantitative Analysis in Geomatics This course covers the quantitative analytical techniques applicable to research in geomatics. The topics include: uncertainties as potential errors, uncertainty versus integrity, confidence regions. Observations, parameters, functions of observations, explicit and implicit models. Minimum uncertainty estimation, normed spaces, Hilbert spaces. Applications: adjustment, approximation, interpolation, prediction, eigen-function series. Fourier transformation, spectra, signal and noise. Classification of filters, filter design, Kalman and Bayesian filters.
GGE6212 Geodynamics Wobble and rotation of the earth, earth tides, sea level variations, and crustal movements. 3 ch
GGE6222 Gravity Field in Geomatics Studies of the latest concepts and developments in geodesy. Selection of topics depends on student's interests. 3 ch
GGE6231 Satellite Gravimetry Review of classical mechanics. Close satellite orbits. Gravitation potential of the earth. Perturbation theory. Determination of the earth gravity field characteristics. 3 ch
GGE6242 Extraterrestrial Positioning Review of celestial, orbital, and terrestrial coordinate systems; orbital mechanics. Principles and applications of satellite photography, satellite Doppler, Global Positioning System, satellite laser ranging, and very long baseline interferometry. 3 ch
GGE6322 Image Processing and Computer Vision Image data formats; software codes for input and output images (including GeoTIFF); software system design; graphic user interface (GUI) development; writing, compiling and running software codes for image processing; advanced image processing and computer vision algorithms and software programming; advanced edge detection, mathematical morphology, image segmentation, texture, skeletonization, image restoration, wavelet, image matching, fuzzy logic, etc.Prerequisites: GGE 3342 (or equivalent) and experience in programming, preferably in C/C++ or Java. 3 ch
GGE6341 Advanced Technologies in Remote Sensing A review of the current status and developments in remote sensing, based on literature study and seminar presentations. Implementation and demonstration of an image processing operation learned from literature.Prerequisite: GGE 3342. 3 ch
GGE6405 Geographic Databases This course focuses on both the theoretical and practical issues related to the development of geographic databases and the extraction of knowledge from the geographic data collections. Special attention wil be given to recent technological developments and research directions. A series of lab Sessions will run in parallel, using commercial and open source s/w tools, such as PostgreSQL/ PostGIS DBMS, Oracle Spatial DBMS, MongoDB, Protege, Quantum GIS s/w, WEKA Data Mining s/w, and other prototype s/w packages. 3 ch
GGE6408 Geospatial Web The technical foundations, enabling technologies, and research directions of geospatial web are examined in this course. The course content includes the following topics: OGC Standards, Geography Markup Language (GML), GML Application Schemas and Profiles (e.g. CityGML), Advanced Geospatial Web Services (e.g., WMS-T, WFS-T), Sematic Web, Semantic Web Languages (RDF, RDFS, OWL), Semantic Web Software Tools, Metadata Standards, Semantic Web Services, Geospatial Semantic Web.Prerequsite: GGE 5403 Web Mapping and Geospatial Web Services (Online). 3 ch
GGE6501 Land Information Management I Seminar and independent reading course designed to examine the role of information in the development and management of land resources. Focus on policy, management, and technical issues associated with the construction of land information infrastructures. 3 ch
GGE6505 Introduction to Big Data & Data Science Offer an overview of the key techniques and technologies in big data analytics and how data science is different from related fields such as engineering, computer science and statistics. Through a combination of lectures and hands on exercises using Hadoop, R, MongoDB and D3 visualization tools the students will be able to explore, clean, refine, analyze and visualize geospatial, streaming, unstructured and structured types of big data. Students will explore real-world scenarios through a case study which will allow them to develop an analytical workflow for data driven discovery. 3 ch
GGE6800 User Centered Design (online course) This course is intended to support a PhD student’s in-depth investigation into the effective use of user-centred design techniques- with a specific focus on participatory design- for the design of software, including mobile applications. The course is designed to guide the student to conduct a comprehensive environmental scan of issues concerning the use of user-centred (and particularly participatory) design methods in order to attain a deep understanding of this field which the instructor has chosen as a focus within her PhD research. Throughout the course, existing applications of user-centred and participatory design methods will be examined and their efficacy will be critically assessed. 3 ch
GGE6900 Special Topics in Location Intelligence This course will establish new models for graduate education in an environment of collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. Its goal is to engage students in understanding the processes by which research is translated to innovations for societal benefit. The McKinsey Global Institute report anticipates a demand for this talent that could grow 50% to 60% in the next 5 years. Through seminars, research assignments, and active dialogue, the course provides both a new vision of geomatics and the tools required for graduate research in the 21st century.  3 ch
GGE6910 Graduate Seminar Credit This course, for both Master's students and Doctoral candidates, includes the oral and written presentation of technical papers. The purpose of the seminar course is to provide training for the preparation and presentation of theses and technical papers, and to facilitate the exchange of ideas between students, staff, and invited guests. 3 ch
GGE6921 Directed Research I This course provides an instructor with an opportunity to supervise a student in a research project. A written submission and oral presentation is required. In the case of an extensive project, both GGE 6921 and GGE 6922 may be taken with the same supervisor in the course-based MEng program. Students taking and MScE degree may only take either GGE 6921 or GGE 6922 3 ch
GGE6922 Directed Research II Literature search and preliminary work in preparation for a research project. A written submission and oral presentation is required to fulfill the requirement. This course is open to both MEng and MScE students. 3 ch
GGE6997 Master's Thesis cr
GGE6998 PhD Thesis cr