Information on SAL GPS (Software & Equipment)
See also: GPS Workshops
Description of the GPS units available
Through Student Technical Fee awards and department and college funding, Huxley College has acquired a variety of specialized GPS equipment over the years. This equipment can be used for mapping locations and/or for navigation. The following is available for use in the instructional and research activities of students, faculty and staff of WWU:
GPSMap60 CS - 1 unit (with compass and altimeter)
Etrex Legend - 2 units
GPS 10 (bluetooth wireless GPS receiver) - 1 unit
GeoExplorer 3 handheld units - 10 units
GeoXT - 1 unit
Juno - 2 units
PRO-XR backpack units - 2 units
Beacon on a Belt - used with the GeoExplorer 3 to use broadcast signals for real-time correction of coordinates. four units
Laser rangefinder and compass for obtaining coordinates of remote, visible objects while occupying a known position
GPS Software available in the Spatial Analysis Lab
- ArcGIS GPSi toolbar (within ArcGIS)
- DNRGarmin software.
In addition, we have the following MapSource data CDs for use with Garmin GPSMap 60 units:
- National Parks Topo (Western USA, 1:24,000)
- USA Topo (1:100,000)
- BlueTooth Nautical Charts for Puget Sound
- Pathfinder Office (version 3.10, installed on only one computer) used for uploading map data and data dictionaries, and for the downloading of acquired coordinate and attribute data gathered in the field. This software can also convert among a variety of coordinate systems and output various file formats for later use in mapping and GIS
GPS equipment can be checked out for field usage by WWU faculty, students and staff. The priority for reservations (in the event of scheduling conflicts) are:
- Classroom usage
- Faculty or student research projects
- Individual/recreational usage
In addition, requests coming from Huxley College faculty, students and staff are given priority over non-Huxley requests.
During the academic year GPS equipment is typically checked out for a day or two, but usually no longer than a week. In the summer when classroom demands are less and most field work is ongoing units may be checked out for longer durations.
The summer schedule for GPS equipment is done in late May. All requests for equipment over the summer should be submitted no later than May 15th.
For GPS reservations, contact Theresa Tripp (Theresa.Tripp@wwu.edu or 650-2070). Alternatively (if Theresa is unavailable), contact Diane Knutson (Diane.Knutson@wwu.edu, 650-3277) or Stefan Freelan (650-2949).