Earth Sciences GIS Short Course

Earth Sciences GIS Short Course

From: (Kevin Telmer) Newsgroups: Date: 14 Mar 1994 17:52:09 GMT Organization: Dept. Earth Sciences, University of Ottawa Message-ID: <2m2889$men@csi0.csi.UOttawa.CA> Subject: Earth Sciences GIS short course To the information technology in africa news group.




GIS SHORT COURSE: Spatial Analysis/Modelling Mineral Potential Mapping Geological Mapping Data Compilation & Map Generation Environmental Analysis Non-linear Dynamics and Fractal Analysis Field Methods.

DATE: May 30-June 3, 1994

DESCRIPTION: This course provides an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS), with an emphasis on mineral potential modelling (including non-linear methods), and database construction. Participants will develop skills for building spatial databases, performing spatial analysis, transforming and extracting features from geoscientific maps, directly entering field data, combining maps to estimate mineral favourability, and for integrating non-linear modelling with a GIS. Practical demonstrations and exercises using the PC based Field Log and SPANS GIS are an integral part of the course. Hands-on exercises are interspersed with lecture material throughout. No previous GIS or computing experience is required although familiarity with computer systems for mapping is an advantage.

During the course a variety of approaches for modelling mineral potential are introduced. These include subjective, statistical, non-linear, and fractal based methods. Practical implementation of methods is emphasized.

LECTURERS: * Graeme Bonham-Carter, Adjunct Professor and Research Scientist, Mathematical Applications to Geology Section, Geological Survey of Canada (Course Director). Dr. Bonham-Carter has been working in the field of computer applications to geology since the mid-1960's. His research interests are simulation modelling, resource assessment, spatial data integration and GIS applications.

* Frits Agterberg, Adjunct Professor and Head, Mathematical Applications to Geology Section, Geological Survey of Canada. Dr. Agterberg has more than 30 years experience in statistical applications in the geosciences. Research interests include mineral potential mapping and geostatistical resource estimation.

* Tony Fowler, University of Ottawa. Dr. Fowler has had over 20 years experience in resource geology. Current interests include the application of non-linear dynamics and fractal geometry to the earth sciences

* Boyan Brodaric, Continental Geosciences Division, Geological Survey of Canada. Mr. Brodaric has been working on computer-aided data capture for geological field mapping for over six years. He is the author of the Fieldlog software used by GSC, provincial, international and academic geologists. He is currently involved in developing methods of collecting and digitally integrating geological field data using database, GIS and Artificial Intelligence tools.

* Danny Wright, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Ottawa, and Physical Scientist, Mathematical Applications to Geology Section, Geological Survey of Canada. Mr. Wright has worked in the mineral exploration industry and has extensive experience in GIS applications to geological problems.

TOPICS COVERED: * Fieldlog: a field based system for digital capture of map data. * GIS technology: - building spatial databases from regional datasets including data from Fieldlog - using raster images, vector defined maps, point, line, and polygon attribute tables - generating "evidence" maps from raw data and combining these to produce mineral potential maps - implementing mathematical, and statistical models that combine evidence maps - querying and displaying results * Data-driven and knowledge-driven methods: - Bayesian weights of evidence models - regression models - non-linear/fractal models - deterministic rules - rules of fuzzy logic * Examples from gold potential mapping in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and British Columbia; base metal potential in a greenstone belt, Manitoba; gold potential and tectonic history mapping in Nevada; geochemical flux modelling in the Ottawa River basin; and others. * Fractals and Non-linear Dynamics: - calculating fractal dimension - application to spatial data - multifractal analysis of Au and Cu deposits

OTHER COURSE FEATURES: * Practical hands-on exercises, using the PC based Fieldlog and SPANS GIS, will be interspersed with lectures and demonstrations of current GIS based research. There will be no more than 3 participants per system. * A detailed course manual with GIS exercises and reprints will be supplied. * A copy of the Fieldlog program and manual * Complimentary textbook: Geographic Information Systems for Geoscientists: Modelling with GIS by Graeme Bonham-Carter, Pergamon Press, 1993. * Hard copy output demonstration from SPANS MAP * Complimentary banquet with keynote speaker on thursday June 2.

FOR WHOM * Geoscientists dealing with spatial data in computers * Those working in the mineral exploration industry; environmental/mineral analysis. * The examples used in the course will be mainly geological but the techniques and applications have universal application for those interested in spatial modelling. * All technical material will be introduced with practicality in mind; GIS or math/stat background is not a pre- requisite.

NUMBERS: Limited to 30 participants

COURSE FEE: $1700 (Canadian). $250 deposit to register, full payment by May 1, 1994. A reduced price is available for early registration or groups greater than 3 persons.


GIS SHORT COURSE Dept. (613) 564-3480 Department of Geology FAX (613) 564-9916 University of Ottawa 161 Louis Pasteur Ottawa, Ont., Canada KIN 6N5

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Also: this document (gis-info.txt) and a more precise hour by hour breakdown (gis-sked.txt) are available via anonymous ftp. ftp username: anonymous password: your full adress The documents are in the pub/incomming/gis directory use text file type transfer.

WORTH NOTING: for those interested, this course immediately precedes the Canadian Conference on GIS, held in Ottawa, June 6-11, 1994.


===================================================================== Kevin Telmer University of Ottawa Department of Earth Sciences


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