June 2017

Intermediate Google Earth Techniques

Status: This seminar has been cancelled due to low registration.
Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Time: 8:30 AM-9:00 AM: Intermediate Google Earth Techniques and Continental
9:00 AM-12:00 PM: Intermediate Google Earth Techniques
Location: Castlegar, BC
Presenter: Mr. Patrick Teti, P.Geo.,
Credit: 3 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: $285.00 + GST = $299.25 until May 31, 2017

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $350.00 + GST = $367.50

Non-Member Price: $350.00 + GST = $367.50

Student Member Price: $175.00 + GST = $183.75
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by May 31, 2017 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
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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. However, it is also an authoring tool which allows anyone to create and organize content that they can save as KMZ files and share in a variety of ways. Because it's free, it's an ideal target platform for making spatial data available to the public.

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 you have a basic understanding of Google Earth such as navigating, creating points, lines and polygons, and organizing objects into folders in the Places Panel. In contrast with the advanced seminar, emphasis is on using existing content and the creation of basic content.


  • 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 from and exporting to a GPS receiver.
  • Managing GE 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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