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Teaching GPS/GIS to Engineering Technology Students

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

Start Date

June 22, 2003

End Date

June 25, 2003



Conference Session

Remote Sensing and Telemetry

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8.1068.1 - 8.1068.9



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Alberto Gomez-Rivas

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George Pincus

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Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Global Information Systems (GIS) are two modern technologies that are gradually being included in engineering technology programs. These technologies were incorporated years ago into the Structural Analysis and Design Engineering Technology program offered at the University of Houston-Downtown. Students learn GPS/GIS theory and numerous applications to real design problem in their surveying course. With sponsorship of industry, students are exposed every summer to the latest technologies in total stations, GPS, and GIS. GPS and GIS have revolutionized surveying, because of the ability to quickly determine a location with high precision and obtain corresponding GIS data for the site. This paper describes some GPS/GIS applications included in UHD’s Structural Analysis and Design Engineering Technology program. The program trains students to fit the specific needs of employers and equips graduates with a bundle of advance technology training and tools that makes them immediately productive. The strong emphasis on use of modern technology provides comparative advantages to graduates of the program because they are immediately productive from day one of employment.

Gomez-Rivas, A., & Pincus, G. (2003, June), Teaching GPS/GIS to Engineering Technology Students Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--11535

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