October 2016

Intermediate Google Earth Techniques

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Date: Thursday, October 6, 2016
Time: 8:30 AM-9:00 AM: Registration and Continental
9:00 AM-12:00 PM: Intermediate Google Earth Techniques
Location: Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre 711 West Broadway Vancouver, BC V5Z 3Y2
Presenter: Mr. Pat Teti, M.Sc., P.Geo.         
Credit: 3 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: $225.00 + GST = $236.25 until Sept 22, 2016

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $265.00 + GST = $278.25

Non-Member Price: $265.00 + GST = $278.25

Student Member Price: $132.50 + GST = $139.13
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by September 22, 2016 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
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Intermediate Google Earth Techniques Seminar. As an internet browser for geographic data, Google Earth is a powerful tool for natural resource professionals and technicians. Key features are its high quality base imagery, digital elevation model, fast rendering of perspective projections, and support for an open-source markup language. It allows an unlimited amount of content to be added from third-party websites such as topographic and geologic maps, watershed boundaries, aerial photo flightlines, and forest inventory data. As a user, you can organize third-party layers and save them as project-specific KMZ files. However you can also create, organize, save, and share content in a variety of ways. Because it is free, Google Earth is an ideal target platform for making spatial data available to the public. Google Earth Pro, also now free, provides even more features.

The purpose of this seminar is to show you how to find and use third-party geographic content, how to create vector and raster content and how to manage and share content with individuals or the public. It is recommended that attendees have some prior familiarity with Google Earth such as navigating, creating points, lines and polygons, and organizing objects into folders.


  • The user interface, projections and scale
  • Adding third-party content from websites
  • Creating Placemarks, Paths, and Polygons
  • Adding Balloons to objects
  • Georeferencing maps and aerial photos
  • Importing and exporting to a GPS receiver
  • Managing content and publishing documents online
Additional self-study material will be made available for continued learning after the seminar.

Intended Audience

Anyone who uses maps, aerial photos, GPS data or terrain visualization in their work.

Industry examples:

  • Mineral exploration and mining;
  • Construction;
  • Power generation and transmission;
  • Planning;
  • Reclamation;
  • Geomatics; and
  • Environmental monitoring.


Mr. Patrick Teti, P.Geo.

Mr. Patrick Teti, P.Geo., (B.Sc. Geology WVU, 1971, M.Sc. Physical Geography, UBC, 1979) has a background in hydrometeorological monitoring, watershed restoration, and forest hydrology. He was a research hydrologist with the BC government for 18 years where he was an early adopter of Google Earth for planning field work, organizing data, and as a publishing platform. Since retiring from the public service in 2010, he has given 26 full-day Google Earth seminars in BC, Alberta, Washington, and Idaho. He also uses Google Earth to plan walking tours.

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