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GGE Photo Album - 2009

On Friday December 18, the Department said farewell to M.Sc.E. student Botshelo Sabone, M.Sc.E. student Jairo Nkhwanana and visiting scholar Dr. Hengjian Tong. Botshelo was supervised by Dr. David Coleman and her thesis is titled “Assessing Alternative Technologies for Use of Volunteered Geographic Information in Authoritative Databases.” Jairo was also supervised by Dr. Coleman and his thesis title is “Assessing the Credibility of VGI Contributors and Trust in their Contributions.” Dr. Tong was working with Dr. Yun Zhang.

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The Department said farewell to M.Sc.E. student Kealeboga “Kaizer” Moreri on Friday, December 11. Kaizer was supervised by Dr. Sue Nichols and the title of his thesis is “Meeting User Requirements in an SDI Environment: New Brunswick Case Study.”

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The Department held its annual pizza party on September 10 to welcome back returning students and new students to our programs. (Photo: Sophie-Rose Côté, 2009-September-10)

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The Department said farewell to Valentin Barreau and Sébastien Carcanague on August 11. Valentin and Sébastien were student interns from Ecole Nationale de l'Aviation Civile, Toulouse, France, who carried out their final year project work at UNB. During his time at UNB, Valentin worked with the GNSS Research Group on ionospheric electron density determination using Canada's future CASSIOPE research satellite. Sébastien, also working with the GNSS Research Group, carried out an investigation on synthesizing a triple-frequency GNSS receiver from two dual-frequency receivers.

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On July 3, Marcelo Santos hosted a visitor from the German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD), Mr. Achim Roth. Mr. Roth gave a presentation entitled “The TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X Missions.”

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Dr. Yun Zhang visited the Edgerton Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in June 2009 to study the principles of high-speed imaging and the latest technologies for producing high-speed images.

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On Friday, June 26 the Department said farewell to Jimmy Leclerc and Vincent Le Roy. Unfortunately, Vincent wasn't able to attend but Jimmy accepted a mug for him from Dr. David Coleman. Both have recently completed the requirements for their M.Eng. under the supervision of Dr. Coleman and Dr. Kevin Pegler, Geomatics Officer, CFB Gagetown. (Photo: Terry Arsenault, 2009-June-26)

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On the morning of June 5, Dr. Yun Zhang gave a lecture at the State Key Laboratory of Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing (LIESMARS) at Wuhan University, China. The lecture title was “High Resolution Remote Sensing Image Processing - From Research to World-Leading Technologies.”

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Students from Stanley High School visited GGE on June 1.

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On May 31, the GGE Graduate Student Society held a picnic at a local park for the graduate students. A game of pick-up soccer fueled the appetites. The new executive officers of the Graduate Student Society are:


President - Krista Amolins
Treasurer - James Muggah
Secretary - Landon Urquhart
Chair of Member Services - Patrick Adda

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Twenty-three students and their math and science teachers from Doaktown High School visited GGE on May 28.

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In May, the Centre for Property Studies (CPS) at UNB visited Ghana in conjunction with their project under the Land Administration Management Project (LAMP) of the Government of Ghana, funded by the World Bank, the British Department for International Development (DFID), and others. The CPS team, comprising researchers from UNB, the University of Wisconsin, Lafayette College, Harvard University, and universities in Ghana, is developing a governance framework for administration of customary lands (80% of Ghana is still held under customary law).

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On May 22, the Chilean Ambassador to Canada, Eugenio Ortega Riquelme made a visit to the department to explore ways in which the geomatics expertise at UNB could be matched with the needs for research and university programs in Chile. This meeting was a direct result of the long standing co-operation between SHOA, the Hydrographic Agency of the Chilean Navy, and GGE begun by Dr. David Wells. Over the years, three SHOA officers have completed the Masters program at UNB.

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On May 10, 2009, Prof. em. Petr Vaníček visited the Survey of Israel at the invitation of Dr. Haim Srebro, Director General. During the visit, Prof. Vaníček was shown the Survey of Israel operations in Tel Aviv (which are quite wide and far reaching) and talked to the staff about the necessity of computing and using the geoid in height determination. This was the topic of his talk during the FIG Working Week in Eilat, Israel, on May 6.

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Gérard Lachapelle, University of Calgary, met some old friends of the Department at the Geodetic Survey Division's centennial celebration in Ottawa, Ontario, on April 20.

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The Department said farewell to Rodrigo Leandro on April 9. Rodrigo defended his dissertation “Precision Point Positioning with GPS: A New Approach for Positioning, Atmospheric Studies, and Signal Analysis” on April 8.

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In an effort to preserve history, the Department has scanned two old photo collages that have hung in the hallway for years but that were falling apart. The collages are of the Engineering Camps at Sussex New Brunswick in 1913 and at Taymouth New Brunswick in 1903.


While attending the ASPRS 2009 Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland March 8 to 13, Dr. Yun Zhang ran into a few old and not so old friends of the Department.

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Four graduates of the Department are currently working with the Integrated Land Management Bureau of GeoBC in British Columbia.

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The department bid farewell to Reza Ghoddousi-Fard on March 3. Reza has completed the requirements for his Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. Peter Dare. Reza's dissertation title is “Modelling Tropospheric Gradients and Parameters from NWP Models: Effects on GPS Estimates.” (Photo: Terry Arsenault, 2009-March-3)

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The department bid farewell to Tristan Goulden on February 9. Tristan has completed the requirements for his M.Sc.E. under the supervision of Dr. Peter Dare. Tristan's thesis title is “Prediction of Error Due to Terrain Slope in Lidar Observations.” (Photo: Terry Arsenault, 2009-February-9)

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