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  • OnlineLive
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 4 Week


This course will teach the basic workflow around the planning, field data collection, and initial processing for the creation of a high precision geodetic control network.

Course Description

This course will cover the following:

Mission Planning/Site Research:

  • Determination of desired network accuracy for planning purposes
  • Datum determination
  • Determination of existing passive and active control stations for network constraints
  • Existing alternate local networks to reference/cross-tie
  • Space weather tracking prior to commencement of field work
  • Active network health/status

Field Data Collection:

  • Equipment types
  • Calibrations
  • Station construction & location
  • Multiple base stations
  • Occupation times
  • Sidereal for redundant occupations
  • Station recovery notes/photos

Initial Processing:

  • Ephemeris Data
  • Preliminary post-processing to determine re-occupation schedule
  • Initial Control Analysis
    • SECTOR for analysis
    • OPUS for analysis

What to Expect in this Course

This course will be a combination of 3 online lectures and 2 in-person outdoor (Covid conscious) labs.  We will be conducting interactive lectures live online where a microphone is required (webcam is not required but preferred).  1 assignment requiring no more than 30 minutes to demonstrate basic competency will be assigned after each lecture and lab.  

Software required:

  • Google Earth (free download)

Software preferred (not required):

  • Post processing software (i.e. Trimble Business Center, Leica Geomatics Office, etc.)

All field equipment/hardware (data collectors, receivers, etc.) will be provided by the College.

Types of Assessments

  • Online discussion board posts
  • Field notes
  • Quizzes

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

No text book is required.  PDF versions of class materials will be linked or emailed by instructor.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

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Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

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Online Counseling

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Management of Stress and Mental Health

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Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 08/03/2021 Sub#: 449