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ISU Geomatics Technology program receives donation from GeoLine, Inc.

Posted September 29, 2010

The Idaho State University Geomatics Technology program recently received a donation of Global Positioning equipment from GeoLine, Inc., of Boise for establishing a Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS) at the ISU Meridian Campus.

Equipment, totaling more than $15,000, includes a dual frequency Global Positioning System(GPS)  NETRS receiver, Zephyr  Geodetic Antenna , 50ft of antenna cable, and Ethernet to  power adapter.  

Once the CORS is established on the Meridian Campus as a base station, Geomatics Technology students in Meridian will be able to utilize centimeter level accuracy in obtaining geodetic latitude, longitude and ellipsoidal height for their field data collection.  This facility will also be used by other local surveyors for no charge.

The first CORS station was established on the main ISU Campus in Pocatello by the Geomatics Technology Program as a result of donations from the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD), Idaho Society of Professional Surveyors, ISU GIS Center, and Engineering and other public and private agencies. Later two other CORS were established by the Geomatics Technology program, one at ISU Idaho Falls, and the other at Snake River High School in Blackfoot.  In addition, ITD has since established CORS at Rexburg, INL, Driggs, Salmon and several other locations throughout the state. Efforts are in place to connect and coordinate all the CORSs to the server at ISU GIS Center.

The Geomatics Technology program is accredited through the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. and uses the latest surveying technology to offer an excellent educational environment with the latest in computers, software and surveying equipment, such as electronic total stations, GPS receivers, data collectors, and soft copy photogrammetric systems. Graduates will earn a Bachelor of Science degree in this program.