The Photogrammetric Laboratory
The photogrammetric laboratory is situated in Room 2.11 on the second floor of the Department of Geography. The laboratory supports teaching and research activities within the Geography Department. The laboratory is available for use by undergraduates, staff and postgraduate students during normal opening hours of the building and at other times by special arrangement. Student use of the facilities is available between 0900-1700 hours (Monday to Thursday) and 0900-1630 hours on Friday.
Digital image of Portsdown Hill, one of those available for research and teaching use by staff and students (www1.getmapping.com/home.asp).
Aerial photography library
The laboratory has a library of aerial photogrammetric prints as well as a wide range of digital imagery.
The photogrammetric laboratory provides the capability of collecting data from any type of photography or imagery using a wide range of equipment available. The many and varied applications of airborne imagery within the department include mapping and surveying, environmental monitoring, archaeology, beach protection, erosion problems and land classification. Specialist photogrammetric technical help is provided by Dr Brian Baily who is involved in a range of research activities as well as assisting students and staff with photogrammetric equipment and data collection. Photogrammetric and survey equipment is available for use by arrangement with Dr. Peter Collier or Mr Paul Carter (GIS Technician, Room 2.11).
The laboratory has several traditional machines used for basic teaching purposes including stereoscopes, a Kern PG2 analogue plotter and a Zeiss DP plotter. Students also use the Kern DR 14 analytical plotter using AP32 software.
Kern DSR 14 analytical plotter
Ultrascan 5000 photogrammetric scanner
The laboratory also has a range of softcopy (digital) photogrammetric equipment. One of the critical steps for successful digital photogrammetry is scanning of photographs, the quality of the analogue image must be preserved in the transition to the computer domain. The Geography department has a digital photogrammetric scanner, the Vexcel Ultrascan 5000.This scanner has an optical resolution of 5,080 dpi (5 µm).
The laboratory has a range of equipment available for students to use in the digital photogrammetric process. This includes site licences for the Leica Photogrammetric Suite. The laboratory also has a BAE SOCET SET digital photogrammetric system. This system has been used in a number of research projects including the mapping of Maiden Castle, Dorset
Digital photogrammetry laboratory
Image drape of Maiden Castle, Dorset created used SOCET SET digital photogrammetric software.
Outside research and contract work
The Department of Geography is able to offer a full range of research based mapping and surveying services. These projects have included inter-tidal vegetation mapping, salt-marsh erosion stone and soil erosion monitoring, wing-ice measurements and traditional land surveys. Past and present contracts have been carried out for British Aerospace, Environment Agency, Hampshire County Council, Portsmouth City Council, Chichester Harbour Conservancy, National Trust, Mary Rose Trust, Associated British Ports and the Historical Royal Palaces. For further enquiries contact the photogrammetric laboratory on Tel. 023 92 84 2078 or email - firstname.lastname@example.org.