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December 9th, 2016 4:30 PM   to   8:00 PM

Dr. Jonathan Illife - University College London

Title:  Finding your way through the coordinate maze – GIS, GPS and map projections for planes, trains and ships

Whether navigating a ship, building a railway, or controlling aircraft movements, the choice of a coordinate system that is fit for the purpose required is essential. Equally, transforming and converting data between one system and another is an everyday requirement when combining GPS data with mapping systems, or merging land and marine data sets in the coastal zone. This talk will cover some of the fundamental principles involved in selecting, designing and transforming coordinate systems, and will illustrate these through sample projects such as VORF (Vertical Offshore Reference System) and SnakeGrid. Jonathan Iliffe is senior lecturer in geodesy at University College London. He is the co-author of Datums and Map Projections for GIS, Remote Sensing and Surveying, is the co-PI for the VORF project, and is the inventor of the SnakeGrid concept.



As usual, the event is followed by GeoDrinks in the Teviot Library bar (EH8 9AJ) at 5.45. All are welcome, even if they cannot attend the seminar, but note that access to the bar is restricted from 6pm so please make contact in advance if you plan to join us after that time.

No booking is required for this event and it is free to attend.


Aim of the Series

The University of Edinburgh School of GeoSciences is pleased to host this seminar series, presenting topics in the broad areas of geographical information and remote sensing, under the auspices of the Edinburgh Earth Observatory. This prestigious series combines research seminars with talks of professional interest and is open to students and staff across the University and beyond, together with professionals in the field working in Edinburgh and other parts of Scotland. Supported by the Association for Geographic Information in Scotland (AGI Scotland) as a professional seminar series, it aims to be inclusive and broad-ranging. Talks are timed for the late afternoon to bring a social dimension.

These seminars also represent an important networking opportunity, with a growing audience comprising some of the key players in the Scottish geographical information industry. Talks are followed by AGI GeoDrinks which take place in the Teviot Library Bar allowing plenty room for informal professional networking.

Our typical audience numbers 40-60 and combines staff and students from GeoSciences, Informatics and other Schools within the university, with professional colleagues from the Scottish Government, British Geological Survey, EDINA, Registers for Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland, Forest Research and several SMEs from across Central Scotland and beyond.


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