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Course Overview | Using TLS and Structure from Motion (SfM) Photogrammetry in Undergraduate Field Education

Course Overview

Dates: Tuesday August 16 - Friday August 19, 2016
Location: Indiana University Geologic Field Station, Cardwell, MT (in the Tobacco Root Mountains of southwest Montana; map of IUGFS campus)
Times: Course will begin at 6 pm on August 16th, 2016 and end at noon on August 19th, 2016.

Indiana University Geologic Field Station students operate a terrestrial laser scanner (TLS)

Course will begin at 6 pm on August 16th, 2016 and end at noon on August 19th, 2016. Optional August 19th afternoon with more surveying applications for participants whose travel schedule does not allow departure that day or who wish to stay. The soonest flight departure time for August 19th is 2:30 pm from Bozeman, MT. For further information, contact Beth Pratt-Sitaula, UNAVCO prattsitaula


Applications are closed (deadline was April 7, 2016)


The goal of this workshop is to equip instructors of geoscience courses with field components with the knowledge and skills needed to integrate terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) and structure from motion (SfM) photogrammetry methods and applications into their courses. The type of teaching resources that will be featured can be previewed in modules: Using TLS in undergraduate geology field courses. We also hope to use this workshop as an opportunity to discuss best practices, learn about other uses of these technologies in field education, and to identify needs and recommendations for facility support of geodesy in field education. Participation is encouraged for instructors who expect to request field education support from UNAVCO in the future.


Fieldwork is an integral part of the geosciences and there is a longstanding tradition of teaching field methods as part of the undergraduate curriculum. As the technologies for scientific examination of Earth have grown, there is more interest in introducing these geodetic technologies into field education curriculum. Technology integration into field education has several advantages, including student engagement and workforce development. This short course has been developed in response to community interest and input (e.g., Field Education and Support by the UNAVCO GAGE Facility workshop).


The short course is primarily supported by the National Science Foundation's Improving Undergraduate STEM Education program (NSF IUSE 1612248). The Indiana University Geologic Field Station (IUGFS), where the short course will be held, and UNAVCO have been exploring the use of TLS in undergraduate field courses over six years. IUGFS has been teaching undergraduate field geoscience for over 60 years. UNAVCO, a non-profit university-governed consortium, runs NSF’s Geodetic Facility, which includes TLS support for researchers around the globe. Both organizations have a long track record of providing professional development for geoscientists.

Travel and Costs

IUGFS is located about an hour west of Bozeman, MT. The short course will cover the cost of economy airfare from participants’ home airports to/from Bozeman, MT and shuttling to/from the Field Station. We will also provide shared housing (Field Station dorms) and food during the short course. Expenses associated with getting to your home airport and food/expense en route are the responsibility of the traveler.

Contact Jaime Magliocca, UNAVCO for travel arrangements and questions. Closer to the time of the short course, Jaime will inform you of the carpool you will be part of for transport from Bozeman Airport to IUGFS.


  • Bruce Douglas, Indiana University, douglasb
  • Chris Crosby, UNAVCO, crosby
  • Beth Pratt-Sitaula, UNAVCO, prattsitaula
  • Ben Crosby, Idaho State University, crosby


Please contact Beth Pratt-Sitaula, UNAVCO


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