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UNAVCO 1996 Annual Report

B.1 Training and Technology Transfer

UNAVCO currently provides extensive training and technology transfer in support of campaigns, continuous station installations, and general GPS equipment use. Training for campaign-style projects includes: classes or one-on-one training at the Facility, home university, or project site; phone and email support; classes held in conjunction with professional meetings, and; Web-based training documentation. Substantial technical support and training for continuous GPS station installation and operation are provided from the Facility on a consulting basis for individual projects and more generally via the UNAVCO Home Page. Facility staff routinely provide consultation to investigators who are learning how to operate their equipment, having problems with equipment, or are seeking to purchase or design equipment to support their data collection. With the purchase of over 170 receivers under the NSF Academic Research Infrastructure (ARI) award in FY96, this aspect of the Facility support has grown significantly in the last year.

Four new GPS users were trained in FY97 on general GPS equipment operation and care, data collection, and data management for campaign-style data collection, with another two investigators supported via documentation, email, and telephone conversations. A Geological Society of America (GSA) class was held at the Boulder Facility in 1997 in support of GPS training for educators, with 43 grade 8 through 14 educators and one graduate student trained in two one-day sessions. Over a dozen investigators were supported during NSF proposal preparation with technical advice and budget development for the GPS elements of their proposal work. Technical consultation on GPS applications to new science disciplines routinely occurred on an individual project basis, such as consulting with Dr. Barry Voight on a volcanology project and Dr. Larry Hinzman on a hydrology project. The Boulder Facility acted as the GPS consultant to IRIS on their GPS/Quanterra data logger integration development, advising them on data translation and format issues and general GPS operation. The Facility also supported Dr. Sridhar Anandakrishnan's GPS/Reftek data logger integration for combined GPS and seismic measurements at a permanent station in Antarctica.

The UNAVCO Home Page (http://www.unavco.org) is the clearinghouse for 2,000 pages of information and documentation relevant to GPS support. In FY97 content development for the Web focused mainly on continuous station support and updating software release and documentation (e.g. receiver download and quality control software). Plans for FY98 include increasing Web tools for project planning, technical reporting, and data management. Interactive options for requesting information on continuous station planning, project scheduling, equipment requests, technical updates, and data archiving will also be added in the upcoming year. A mail list server will be put on-line to provide increased trouble-shooting support for software and hardware and to facilitate various discussion groups.

1997 Annual Report - 27 OCT 1997


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