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Geo-technology for expeditions and fieldwork

Geo-technology in the Field: GIS, GPS, and Remote sensing for fieldwork workshop

  • 2017 dates TBC

Are you looking to use geo-technologies such as GIS, GPS and remote sensing as a part of a field research project or expedition? This 100% practical workshop will cover how different technologies can be used for field research, with a particular focus on open-source and accessible GIS, GPS and hardware for environmental monitoring. The emphasis through will be on inexpensive, research-grade hardware and software with a do-it-yourself element.

The workshop will be relevant to beginners in GIS, GPS, technology and electronics. No soldering iron necessary!

Software: Practical sessions will demonstrate a range of open source GIS (e.g. QGIS, SAGA), GPS and GIS datasets. There will be accompanied with the practical use of open source GIS and remote sensing packages to manage data for your field site.

Hardware: The focus will be on building monitoring hardware and sensors using the open-source Arduino platform. Computing and power in the field and the use of drones in field research will also be addressed.

Delegates can attend either or both days depending on their own requirements.

Day 1: Open source GIS, GPS Data and monitoring

This first day will help delegates to get to grips with the basics of open source GIS software. Elements to be covered will include: what it is, how it works, how to find and convert data into GIS, how to display different types of data and how to carry out a basic GIS analysis of your field site before venturing in to the field.

Day 2: Open source remote sensing, drones and field computing

If you are planning or are recently returned from a field research project the second day will take a more in-depth, 'hands-on' approach. Through practical exercises in Hyde Park delegates will focus on how to tie GPS co-ordinates to digital maps and satellite images in order to build datasets for your field research or expedition.  Sessions will focus on how to deal with inaccurate, poor quality and old maps, and using rapid image rectification to turn inexpensive or free satellite data into reliable and accurate base maps. The emphasis will be on using freely-downloadable open source GIS, such as Quantim GIS (QGIS) and SAGA, GPS and GIS datasets. Example sets will be used for applications such as hazards, risk and disaster response.

Delegates without their own laptop can have access to an RGS-IBG workstation. 

Timings: Start 9.30am - Doors open 9.00am. Finish 5.30pm on Monday and at 4.30pm on Tuesday.
Venue: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), London, SW7 2AR

Day One - Standard £120; Student £75
          Day Two - Standard £95; Student £50

          Both days- Standard £175, Student £125

(all prices incl. VAT, lunch, refreshments and a copy of the GIS, GPS and Remote Sensing manual at a recommended retail price of £15. Prices for the first day course include your own Arduino based data logger and meteorological sensors which you will build yourself!)

To book: Please email go@rgs.org if you are interested in attending a future workshop in 2017.


Previous events:

Field Technologies - fieldwork mapping and monitoring party

Friday 18 March 2016

This event consisted of a series of 10 minute TED-talk style presentations on new cheap and accessible fieldwork technologies, setting the context for your animated discussions at the bar. Discussions included:

There were also one-minute talks:

We would like to thank King's College London for their support for this event and hope to run something similar again in 2017.

RGS-IBG links
· Expedition Mapping Unit
· GIS, GPS and Remote Sensing Manual
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· Map Action Guide to Humanitarian Mapping
· Getting started with GIS
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