Computational Methods in Geomatics

Subject GEOM30011 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 h lecture and 2 h practical per week
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours

The prerequisites for this subject are:

620-156 Linear Algebra; 620-154 Calculus 1

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: 451-103
Core Participation Requirements:

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Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the
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Dr Allison Kealy


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Subject Overview: This subject aims to provide skills in computational processes applicable to problems arising in location, hydrographic and mining surveys, route mapping and global navigation. The fundamental approach is based on vector geometry (rather than trigonometry) for establishing the spatial relationships between points, lines and planes. The power of redundant, non-linear observation equations is illustrated in the location of aircraft by radar ranging. Algorithms are developed, including the use of rotation matrices, for the conversion of the resulting local coordinates to geographic, map grid and geocentric reference frames. Spherical trigonometry is introduced to effect global navigation. Curve fitting algorithms are illustrated.

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Use vector theory and spherical trigonometry to solve fundamental problems associated with practice in Geomatics
  • Use computer spreadsheets like Microsoft Excel to undertake the manipulation of matrices required for least square computations
  • Define parameters of an ellipsoid as a mathematical representation of the Earth’s surface and use it for computations relevant to surveying, navigation and geodesy
  • Use spatial mathematics and computations to transform between geodetic reference frames and to make calculations on a UTM map projections
Assessment: 3-hour end of semester examination (60%); 8 assignments spaced across the semester (3% each, 24%); 1 semester long assignment (16%)
Prescribed Texts: TBA
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject student should have:

  • The ability to apply knowledge of basic science fundamentals
  • The ability to communicate effectively, not only with other scientists but also with the community at large
  • The ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • The ability to function effectively as an individual and in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member
  • An expectation of the need to undertake lifelong learning, capacity to do so
  • The capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning
  • Openness to new ideas and unconventional critiques of received wisdom.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Science
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Geomatics
Master of Engineering (Geomatics)
Physical (Environmental Engineering) Systems

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