adventures in archaeological remote sensing

Training

CPD For Historic Environment Professionals

Here at PTS Consultancy we are passionate about sharing knowledge and best practice with historic environment professionals. That’s why we have worked in collaboration with Air Photo Services, to establish a programme of training courses in the use of airborne laser scanned data (lidar) and QGIS for historic environment assessment. The courses listed below courses are held at the Shaftsbury Centre, Swindon with a maximum of 8 participants, but for groups of four or more we can bring the course to you!

If you’d like more information please drop us a line or to see what recent participants on the courses though why not check out our testimonials page?


EA_WMSMaking the Most of Lidar Data
CIFA Accredited 1 day course
Next Dates: 11th August 2017
Cost: £150 (including refreshments and lunch)

 

Our hugely popular introduction to using the Environment Agency lidar data, which provides an extensive 3D model of the ground surface created by airborne laser scanning. This freely available data set has enormous potential for archaeologists, historic landscape and conservation use, and our one day course will give you all the practical skills you need to master it.

Run by professionals with many years experience in using lidar data for historic landscape analysis, this course covers essential concepts needed to integrate lidar data into your workflows. Through a series of presentations, practical guidance and hands on sessions this course will explore how to access, prepare, and manipulate digital lidar data. We’ll be covering current best practise for visualising the data as well as lots of practical exercises, because we believe that learning by doing is best. In addition to the ‘hands on’ practicals, there will be plenty of opportunity for questions and group discussion during the course of the day.

For more information please download our Course Information Sheet
To book your place, please use our online Booking Form


*NEW COURSE* Using Aerial Photos for Desk Based Research
CIFA Accredited 1 day course
Next Dates: 29th September 2017
Cost: £150 (including refreshments and lunch)

 

Our practical one-day course will help you to confidently access and use aerial imagery as an initial assessment for desk based research.  Through practical guidance and hands-on sessions this course will cover the following topics:

  • Selecting your aerial images, using the archives, including online resources
  • Interpretation,  perception and stereoscopic viewing
  • Discussion and analysis of contrasting environments from the air, and the effect of erosion and differing soils and geologies on what we see and how we interpret the photos, using contrasting examples
  • Dealing with a planning scenario – comparing different photographs and LiDAR data and their assistance in the interpretation

For more information please download our Course Information Sheet
To book your place, please use our online Booking Form


3D_dartmoorAdvanced Lidar for Historic Environment Professionals
2 day course
Next Dates: 12-13 October 2017
Cost: £500 (including, refreshments and lunch on both days, and optional participant dinner on the 12th)

Taking advantage of the recent release of the Environment Agency point cloud data, this 2-day course covers every step from point cloud to 3D visualisation. Taught through a mixture of presentations, practical guidance and hands on sessions, our advanced lidar course is aimed at those who want to improve their understanding of how the data can be processed and shared with clients.

Over two days we’ll cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to the point cloud – formats and attributes
  • Viewing and assessing the quality of point cloud data
  • Classifying the point cloud
  • Generating terrain and intensity raster
  • Generating mask layers
  • Viewing the point-cloud in QGIS
  • Advanced raster processing in QGIS with GRASS and SAGA
  • 3D visualisations to share with colleagues and clients

For more information please download our Course Information Sheet
To book your place, please use our online Booking Form


QGis_LogoIntroduction to QGIS for Desk Based Research
CIFA Accredited 1 day course
Next Dates: 1st December 2017
Cost: £150 (including refreshments and lunch)

 

If everything happens somewhere then geographical information systems (GIS) have to be one of the best tools available historic environment professionals. There are many platforms to choose from but we think that Quantum GIS is the best tool around for desk-based research. It is user-friendly, lightweight but powerful and best of all there’s no hefty price-tag as QGIS is absolutely free!

Our one day course will get you set up with all the basics so that you can use QGIS for your work or research. Run by historic environment professionals with over a decade of experience in a variety of GIS applications, this course covers essential concepts needed to understand and use QGIS.

Through practical guidance and hands on sessions this course will cover the following topics:

  • Setting up your GIS project
  • Sourcing and importing different types of data
  • Georeferencing images
  • Digitising features to a shapefile
  • Styles and labelling
  • Saving and printing maps for publication
  • Finding help and further resources

For more information please download our Course Information Sheet
To book your place, please use our online Booking Form


Lidar at the Desk and in the Field
CIFA accredited 2 day course, including full day site visit
Next Dates: TBC
Cost: £250 (including refreshments and lunch on both days and travel to site)

 

The course complements the Making the Most of Lidar course presentations and practicals on day one with the option to spend the day out on site, putting your new-found lidar interpretation skills into practice!

On day 2, we will explore a landscape within 1hr of Swindon and make field observations of a range of features identified in the lidar data processed on day one. This greatly enhances the interpretation of the data, leading to improved understanding of what can (and cannot) be identified using lidar. There will be lots of opportunity to discuss ideas and issues faced when combining remote data and field observations.

For more information please download our Course Information Sheet
To book your place, please use our online Booking Form


APS_logo PTSC_logo


Training Schedule 2017

October 12, 2017
  • Advanced Lidar
    Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: October 13, 2017 - 4:30 pm

    Location: The Shaftesbury Centre, Percy Street, Swindon SN2 2AZ, United Kingdom


    Description:

    An advanced course for processing lidar point cloud data for historic environment applications. Open to all, see website to register.

December 1, 2017
  • Introduction to QGIS for Desk-Based Research
    Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: December 1, 2017 - 4:30 pm

    Location: The Shaftesbury Centre, Percy Street, Swindon SN2 2AZ, United Kingdom


    Description:

    An introductory course in using QGIS for historic landscape assessment. Open to all, see website to register.