College of the Environment GPS Workshops

Introduction to GPS (Global Positioning System)

An Introductory, Hands-on Training

Friday, February 3rd

2:00 - 4:30 (Rain or Shine)

No charge, no credit

 Arntzen Hall 16 & Outdoors

Topics covered:

  • Basic GPS principals and applications
  • GPS equipment available at WWU
  • Field exercise collecting GPS data using Garmin GPSmap 66sr receivers 
  • Downloading GPS data (from GPSmap 66sr)
  • Discussion of
    • GPS accuracy and use in GIS for analysis
    • Other GPS receivers
    • Data Dictionaries
    • Differential Correction
    • WAAS
  • Web links and sources for additional information
  • Optional: GPS using mobile devices (phones and tablets)
    • If you would like to explore using your mobile device in addition or instead of our Garmin GPS receivers please contact Stefan ahead of time to download an appropriate mobile app, etc.

Please register ahead of time (space is limited)

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This workshop is intended for WWU students, faculty and staff intending to use GPS for class projects or research, specifically those wishing to use the College of the Environment's GPS equipment. Students and community members with a general interest in GPS are also welcome to attend.

  • Workshops are typically offered once each quarter
  • No prior GIS or GPS knowledge is required
  • Feel free to bring along personal hand held GPS equipment as well
    • Likewise, feel free to install a GPS data collection app on your mobile device and bring that
    • Connection to and downloading data from personal GPS devices and/or mobile devices will be up to the individual (i.e., bring whatever cables, etc. that are required for connection and downloading) 
  • In case of inclement weather, proper attire is advised

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