Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Module 6: Spatial Enhancement

This weeks lab allowed us to get creative and start using the skills that we had learned. We were able to use newly acquired tools to make corrections to images that may have imperfections or errors. We were able to use both Erdas and Arcmap to utilize tools to enhance an image. One of the new tools that we learned how to use was the Fourier Transformation. We were able to use that to take the major striping errors out of the image. We also used high pass and low pass filters to make the image clearer. I was able to experiment a lot in this lab and learned many new skills that I will be able to utilize in the future.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Lab 5a: Intro to ERDAS Imagine and Digital Data 1

This week we began with some calculations of in relations to wavelength, frequency, and energy of EMR. I was also introduced to Erdass Imagine. The lab walked us through some of the basics of the program. We used the new program to create a subset image or map using a classified image of a section of forested lands in Washington State. I found some similarities of the program that made it easy to adjust. We then uploaded the subset image to ArcMap to complete our map. I found this week very interesting and I am looking forward to building on what I learned.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Lab 4: LU/LC Ground Truthing Analysis

This week we were able to continue off of last modules lab. Last week we worked on LU/LC classification. This week we had to check the accuracy of the lab using ground truthing analysis. After placing 30 points throughout the map, we used google maps to determine whether our initial analysis was true or false. Out of the 30 points, 27 of them were found to be true resulting in 90% accuracy. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Lab 3: Land Use/Land Cover Classification Mapping

This week we were able to build on our photo interpretation skills by adding LU/LC classifications. I was able to recognize elements of the map and classify them by the LU/LC classification system. The Aerial photo of Pascagoula, MA shows just some of the elements of the area. I was able to recognize certain areas such as water, residential, and recreational land just by associations and certain details. The LU/LC map is split up into many different classifications and is color coded for easy yet simple display. 

Monday, September 11, 2017

GIS 4035 Module 2 Lab: Visual Interpretation

The first lab was a great way to introduce the fundamentals of photo interpretation. We were able to work on a couple of exercises to learn the basics of interpreting features on aerial photographs. The goal of the first exercise was to determine the differences of tones and textures. First we identified  5 tones in the photograph ranging from very light to very dark. Then we were able to identify 5 textures of the photograph ranging from very fine to very coarse. Identifying features was the goal of the second lab. We were able to identify features based on shape and size, shadows, patterns, and associations.

This was an awesome lab to get familiar with photo interpretation. Learning some of these new techniques were really eye opening. I never thought much of using shadows to determine objects in a photo before. I am looking forward to picking up new tricks along the way.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Week 1 - Own Your Map

Hello everyone! Glad to be back for another semester. I completed this lab during the "Intro to GIS" course. I re-posted my previous blog below.

"This weeks lab was a good way to build on what I learned last week. I was able to learn new ways to create a professional looking map. Week 2 has taught me me many skills such as to add inset maps, import cartographer details, and creating layers just to name a few.

I felt that this lab was a great way to improve my GIS skills. In this weeks lab, I was displaying where the UWF campus was located within Escambia County. Local highways and interstates are listed next to UWF.  I was able to add an inset map to show where Escambia County was located within Florda. I also added cartographer details, UWF logo, legend, north arrow, and a scale."

Monday, May 1, 2017

GIS4043/L Final Project - Bobwhite-Manatee Transmission Line

The final project consisted of gathering information for the proposed Bobwhite-Manatee transmission line. The 230kv line is a 25 mile transmission line that will pass through both Manatee and Sarasota counties. Our objectives were the following:

How will the proposed line affect environmentally sensitive areas such as conservation lands and wetlands?
How many homes would be within proximity of the proposed transmission line?
Will any schools and day cares be affected?
•How many land parcels will be impacted by the proposed transmission line?   
•Determine the length
•Determine the cost

After gathering all of the information and data needed, I was able create multiple maps to show the results requested. I was able to clip a lot of the data into the study area and also into the preferred corridor to see what would be impacted by the transmission line. I provided a PowerPoint and transcript for a detailed presentation of the results.

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Presentation Transcript: