The application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to real-world examples of surface water investigations including stream and watershed delineations, determination of jurisdiction for regulatory wetlands, and application of these topics towards support of research, regulatory, land planning, landscape architecture, and civil engineering disciplines. Emphasis will be placed upon the use of GIS as a “Hydrologic Information Decision Support System” in support of complex and expensive natural resource management activities.
Who Should Take This Course:
Landscape Architects, Civil and Environmental Engineers, Planners, Regulators, Students, Researchers. In today's tough economy millions of dollars ride on land planning decisions made by YOU. Most large construction projects involve complex teams consisting of staff from many disciplines working for many different firms. Various stages of project implementation are subject to regulatory review and approval. No matter your employer, job description, or role in the process, after taking this course you will:
The Instructor: Thomas Colson, applies GIS to numerous wetland, stream, and land planning projects throughout the southeast. These projects include GIS support of field work, due diligence assessments, planning, flood modeling, site design, construction, and permitting tasks. Colson is best known for getting a GPS satellite solution "anywhere", as exemplified below, in environments requiring extra insurance.
"As a landscape architect, I feel that the knowledge, skills, and abilities that any design professional will learn in this course are an essential part of the profession. Not only did Dr. Colson enable me to use what I learned in this course to make better design and planning decisions, but his support well outside of the course has helped me in my job search, career development, and even some contracting opportunities. I continue to be amazed at his above-average willingness to dedicate time to answering questions and mentoring right up to my graduation day " - Sarah Artuso, MLA
"Tom should be nominated for an award. He is always open to answering questions, and goes to great lengths to be sure that course material is explained in a way that anyone can understand it. Instead of having us buy a book, he has been pulling together a GIS book of his own. All GIS books I have read in the past do not even begin to compare to the knowledge he provided us in his own book. It was more useful than any I have ever purchased. He is always punctual- and overall just an excellent teacher. I have taken two courses from him while here at NC State; both have been EXTREMELY great classes and have only enhanced
education in an extremely positive light."- -Course Evaluation
"The theory and applications I learned in this course allow my company to go after work that we other wise would have to outsource. In addition, I have been able to use the Arc Hydro tools in conjunction with the stormwater engineer services we provide to design better stormwater BMP's, reducing costs to the client and minimizing water quality impacts. I continue to work with Tom on current projects as a joint team" - Jose F. Martinez III, PE, MCE, LEED AP, CPSWQ President M-III Engineering
"I was inspired by your course to expand my water resources acumen, specifically with respect to GIS, and even aspire to contribute to the field. This course is pure utility; exposure to surface water problem-solving applications integral to my job function." -David R. Markwood, AECOM Water
"This is a great class, which has not only created more opportunities for me at work, but also increased efficiency, productivity, as well as overall accuracy of my H&H analysis. This class also allows collaboration between working professionals so those who are employed can collaborate on ideas; while those students who are not, this class offers a real world look into requirements post-graduation. I would highly recommend this class to anyone, especially those students interested in working in the H&H fields." -Jonathan Hinkle , Major A/E Firm
"Critical to my research; perhaps shaved years of my analysis with what I learned in this class!" - Karen Cepero , NCSU Graduate Student
"I really did enjoy the class. Tom seemed to feel my class project was the start of a Ph.D....." Richard Andrews , Stantec Consulting
"Best thing about this course was the instructors office- Cup a Joe!."- -Course Evaluation