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Surveying (SUR)

SUR 462 Parcel-Based Geospatial Information Systems (3) Acquisition processing of land parcel data; development of land information system and applications in geospatial information technology.

SUR 462 Parcel-Based Geospatial Information Systems (3)

People and cultures around the world have different perceptions of land. Land has different value to many people. As a natural resource, with finite size, there are always competing interests when it comes to allocation use and management of units of land. The basic unit of land is the parcel. All activities are associated with land parcels. With such competing interests, it is important to manage land and its resources in an effective manner so as to ensure its sustainability. To ensure proper stewardship of land, data about each land parcel must be maintained so that information from parcel–based geodatabases may be used to support decisions involving land, people, and communities. Parcel-based information technology serves as a component of the geospatial technology with special applications in placed-based information.
This course builds on the knowledge obtained from SUR 362, Geospatial Information Engineering course. It begins by considering various perceptions of the use and value of land to different cultures, communities, and organizations. A justification is made for the need to manage land and resources in land in order to promote good stewardship. The use of technology for land parcel information management is discussed. From there the course progresses through land parcel data types and sources, data conversion and geodatabase development. Applications of land parcel data in place-based information management are discussed. Accuracy considerations for parcel data in various applications are also discussed. Spatial analysis and methods for presenting or communicating results are discussed.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2011
Prerequisite: SUR 362, SUR 372W

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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