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UCR GeoPad Digital Field Mapping System



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Export Tools & Tutorials

Data Sources

Software

Progress in Digital Geologic Field Mapping

Structure from Motion & UAVs

Point Cloud to 3D Print

Crowdsourcing & Citizen Science

Known FieldMove Glitches

FieldMove Software Requests


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Journal and book references are organized by year rather than author to highlight the progression of technology and implementation. Let me know if I am missing something important!

Websites

 

SERC Teaching with GeoPads

http://serc.carleton.edu/research_education/geopad/index.html

 

Pavlis (UTEP) Digital Mapping website

http://www.geo.utep.edu/pub/pavlis/digitalmappingwebpages/

 

Wikipedia, Digital geologic mapping

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_geologic_mapping

 

Has digital field mapping finally arrived? - an industry application

http://www.orefind.com/blog/orefind_blog/2016/07/10/has-digital-field-mapping-finally-arrived-

Export Tools & Tutorials

 

FieldMove Tutorials
http://www.mve.com/digital-mapping/documentationwww.mve.com/filemanager/docs/move-feature/Augusts_Move_Feature_-_Creating_Basemaps_for_FieldMove_and_FieldMove_Clino.pdf

 

Convert KML to SHP online
http://www.zonums.com/online/kml2shp.php

 

Convert KML to LYR ArcGIS tool
http://pro.arcgis.com/en/pro-app/tool-reference/conversion/kml-to-layer.htm

 

UGeorgia Guide to convert KML to SHP
www.uga.edu/gpshort/instructions/GIS_Convertin Google Earth klm to ArcMap shp.pdf

 

Using AirDrop to share between iPads in the field
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204144

 

Data Sources

 

CalTopo

Site: http://www.caltopo.com
How-To: http://help.caltopo.com/kb

OpenTopography
Data: http://opentopo.sdsc.edu/datasets
How-To: http://www.opentopography.org/learn

 

Koordinates
Data: https://koordinates.com/data/
How-To: https://help.koordinates.com/using-data/

 

USGS Earth Explorer
Website: http://earthexplorer.usgs.gov/
How-To:https://lta.cr.usgs.gov/ee_tutorial_search_criteria

 

USGS The National Map
Website: https://viewer.nationalmap.gov/launch/
How-To: http://training.usgs.gov/TEL/TheNationalMap/TNM-TEL-Index.html

 

USGS TopoView
Website: http://ngmdb.usgs.gov/maps/topoview/viewer/#4/40.00/-107.51
How-To:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOpe3WXsZrQ

 

USGS MapView
Website:
http://ngmdb.usgs.gov/maps/mapview/
More Info: http://ngmdb.usgs.gov/ngmdb/ngmdb_home.html

 

Google Earth Pro
Download:
https://www.google.com/earth/download/gep/agree.html
How-To: https://www.google.com/earth/learn/

 

ArcGIS Earth
Download:
http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis-earth
How-To: http://doc.arcgis.com/en/arcgis-earth/

 

Software

 

iTunes: https://www.apple.com/itunes/download/

Move: http://www.mve.com/software/move

TileMill: https://www.mapbox.com/tilemill/

ArcGIS: https://www.arcgis.com/features/index.html

GRASS GIS:https://grass.osgeo.org/

QGIS: http://www.qgis.org/en/site/

AgiSoft PhotoScan: http://www.agisoft.com/downloads/installer/

VisualSFM: http://ccwu.me/vsfm/

 

Progress in Digital Geologic Field Mapping

 

Jordan, C.J. and B. Napier (2015) Developing digital fieldwork technologies at the British Geological Survey. in Bowman, M., Smyth, H. R., Good, T. R., Passey, S. R., Hirst, J. P. P. & Jordan, C. J. (eds) The Value of Outcrop Studies in Reducing Subsurface Uncertainty and Risk in Hydrocarbon Exploration and Production. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, v. 436, 11 p, doi: 10.1144/SP436.6

 

Whitmeyer, S.J. (2012) Community mapping in geology education and research: How digital

field methods empower student creation of accurate geologic maps, GSA Special Paper

486, p. 171-174, doi: 0.1130/2012.2486(27)

 

Whitmeyer, S.J., Nicoletti, J., and D.G. De Paor (2010) The digital revolution in geologic mapping. GSA Today, v. 20 (4), p. 4-10, doi: 10.1130/GSATG70A.1

 

Pavlis, T.L., Langford, R., Hurtado, J., and L. Serpa (2010) Computer-based data acquisition and visualization systems in field geology: Results from 12 years of experimentation and future potential. Geosphere, v. 6, p. 275-294, doi: 10.1130/GES00503.1

 

De Paor, D.G., and S.J. Whitmeyer (2009) Innovations and redundancies in geoscience field courses: Past experiences and proposals for the future. in Whitmeyer, S.J., Mogk, D., and Pyle, E.J., eds., Field Geology Education: Historical Perspectives and Modern Approaches: Geological Society of America Special Paper 461, p. 45-56, doi: 10.1130/2009.2461(05)

 

Brown, K.D., and D. A. Sprinkel (2008) Geologic field mapping using a rugged tablet computer.

http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2008/1385/pdf/brown.pdf

 

Clegg, P., Bruciatelli, L., Domingos, F., Jones, R.R., De Donatis, M., and R.W. Wilson (2006) Digital Geological Mapping with Tablet PC and PDA - A Comparison: Computers & Geosciences, v. 32, p. 1682-1698, http://www.dur.ac.uk/grl/Downloads/C&G2006-v32-Clegg.pdf

 

Knoop, P.A., and B. van der Pluijm (2006) GeoPad: Tablet PC-enabled field science education, in Berque, D., Prey, J., and Reed, R., eds., The Impact of Pen-Based Technology on Education: Vignettes, Evaluations, and Future Directions: West Lafayette, Indiana, Purdue University Press, p. 103-114

 

McCaffrey, K.J.W., Jones, R.R., Holdsworth, R.E., Wilson, R.W., Clegg, P., Imber, J., Holliman, N., and I. Trinks (2005) Unlocking the Spatial Dimension - Digital Technologies and the Future of Geoscience Fieldwork: Journal of the Geological Society, v. 162, p. 927-938, doi: 10.1144/0016-764905-017

 

Brodaric, B. (2004) The design of GSC Fieldlog: Ontology-based software for computer

aided geological field mapping. Computers & Geosciences, vol. 30, p. 5-20, doi: 10.1016/j.cageo.2003.08.009

 

Brodaric, B., Gahegan, M., and R. Harrap (2004) The art and science of mapping:

computing geological categories for field data: Computers & Geosciences, vol. 30, p.

719-740, doi: 10.1016/j.cageo.2004.05.001

 

Kramer, J.H. (2000) Digital Mapping Systems for Field Data, in Soller, D.R., editor, Digital Mapping Techniques '00 - Workshop proceedings: U.S. Geological Survey Open-file Report 00-325, p. 13-19, http://pubs.usgs.gov/openfile/of00-325/kramer.html

 

Walsh, G.J., Reddy, J.E., and T.R. Armstrong (1999) Geologic Mapping and Collection of Geologic Structure Data with a GPS Receiver and a Personal Digital Assistance (PDA) Computer, in Soller, D.R., editor, Digital Mapping Techniques '99 - Workshop Proceedings: U.S. Geological Survey Open-file Report 99-386, p. 127-131, http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/of99-386/walsh.html

 

Structure from Motion & UAVs

 

Mosbrucker, A.R., Major, J.J., Spicer, K.R., and J. Pitlick (2017) Camera system considerations for geomorphic applications of SfM photogrammetry. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 18 p., doi: 10.1002/esp.4066

 

Carrivick, J.L., Smith M.W., and D.J. Quincey (2016) Structure from Motion in the Geosciences. Wiley-Blackwell, 208 p., ISBN: 978-1-118-89584-9

 

Jordan, B. R. (2015) A bird's-eye view of geology: The use of micro UAS/UAVs in geologic

fieldwork and education. GSA Today, v. 25, p. 50-52, doi: 10.1130/GSATG232GW.1

 

Hackney, C. and Clayton, A.I. (2015) Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and

their application in geomorphic mapping. in Geomorphological Techniques,British

Society for Geomorphology (London, UK), Section 1.7, ISSN:2047-0371

 

Bemis, S. P., Micklethwaite, S., Turner, D., James, M. R., Akciz, S., Thiele, S. T., and Bangash, H.A. (2014) Ground-based and UAV-Based photogrammetry: A multi-scale, high resolution mapping tool for structural geology and paleoseismology. Journal of Structural Geology, v. 69, p. 163-178, doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2014.10.007

 

Hugenholtz, C. H., Whitehead, K., Brown, O. W., Barchyn, T. E., Moorman, B. J., LeClair, A.,

Riddell K., and T. Hamilton (2013) Geomorphological mapping with a small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS): Feature detection and accuracy assessment of a photogrammetrically-derived digital terrain model. Geomorphology, v. 194, p. 16-24, http://doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2013.03.023

 

Westoby, M.J., Brasington, J., Glasser, N.F., Hambrey, M.J., and J.M. Reynolds (2012)

"Structure-from-Motion" photogrammetry: A low-cost, effective tool for geoscience applications. Geomorphology, v. 179, p. 300-314, doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2012.08.021

Point Cloud to 3D Print


Now thoroughly veering off the topic of GeoPads but too cool not to share...graduate student Jozi Pearson put together an excellent resource walking through the procedures to go from point cloud data (lidar or SfM .las file) to a 3D print (.stl file) using free open-source softwares. To demonstrate this she took some of the 2005 B4 Project lidar point cloud data for Wallace Creek (world famous example of strike-slip fault offsets on the central San Andreas Fault) hosted by OpenTopography, added vertical exaggeration and cut the data along the fault to create a valuable teaching resource to demonstrate the interaction between faults and landscapes.

PDF is available for download here: geopad.ucr.edu/pointcloudto3dprintpearson.pdf

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Crowdsourcing & Citizen Science

 

USGS Citizen Science

https://www2.usgs.gov/blogs/features/usgs_top_story/citizen-science-for-citizens-science-and-the-planet/

 

British Geological Survey Citizen Science

http://www.bgs.ac.uk/citizenScience/home.html

https://britishgeologicalsurvey.crowdmap.com/

 

CA Earthquake Clearinghouse

http://www.californiaeqclearinghouse.org/about/

 

Goodchild, M.F., and J.A. Glennon (2010) Crowdsourcing geographic information for disaster response: A research frontier. International Journal of Digital Earth, v. 3, p. 231-241, doi: 10.1080/17538941003759255

 

Zook, M., Graham, M., Shelton, T., and S. Gorman (2010) Volunteered geographic information and crowdsourcing disaster relief: A case study of the Haitian earthquake. World Medical Health Policy, v. 2, p. 7-33, doi: 10.2202/1948-4682.1069

Known FieldMove Glitches

 

These have been communicated to Midland Valley Feb 2017.

* linework frequently shifts location after drawing and becomes more "jagged" (not as mapped)

* sometimes specific units are not selectable in compass or drawing menu (seems to be related to the specific position in the list)

* GPS automatically turning off for no obvious reason (requires FM to be closed, reopened, then GPS checked back on)

* miscellaneous crashes, especially for data-rich projects

* in KMZ exports dotted lines become solid (perhaps this can't be fixed?)

* if you try to edit an exported KMZ in Google Earth (a line for example) it often crashes Google Earth

FieldMove Software Requests

 

These have been communicated to Midland Valley Feb 2017.

* Add a "force compass calibration" option. This would be excellent!

* Currently only raster data import support through map layers. Possible to import vector data? Like from a KMZ? I'm sure this is a big ask...

* Importing data from another FieldMove project, for example from another iPad in field via AirDrop, would be amazing!

* Support for GPS location accuracy down to 1m or less

* Compatibility with BadElf GPS (capable of cheap GPS location to 1m accuracy)

* Compatibility with GaiaGPS (this program can very easily and efficiently download high resolution mbtile files of many topo and aerial imagery for offline use; if there was an easy way to import these layers into FieldMove projects it would greatly improve the workflow)

* Support for higher zoom levels (e.g. 22; important for detailed mapping such as lidar data)

* Ability to rename default project folder (not "project1"; makes it a little harder to find when exporting)

* Move camera shutter button to the side (students note it is in the way/awkward in present location)

* Black/dark unit colors should have white text in lists (currently are unreadable as black on black)

* Make it easier/more obvious to get back to map from "Help"

* Please add a "cleared to update" page to your website. This would essentially say whether it is safe to update to the latest iOS version Apple releases or if glitches have been identified (e.g. the frequently garbled text issue) and people should wait for a FieldMove update before updating iOS.

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

UCR GeoPad Digital Field Mapping System
Department of Earth Sciences

Tel: (951) 827-3183
E-mail: nic.barth@ucr.edu

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