Carina Butterworth is a Geomatics Engineering Instructor at SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary, Canada. She is also finishing her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at the Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary.
Carina uses our Engine application with both her students at SAIT, as well as high school students in the Calgary area.
When she visits a high school to introduce graduating students to the science of geomatics (and to encourage them to enroll in her program at SAIT), she brings along a variety of tools for them to go hands-on with. One of the tools is Engine, which they use to look at example geospatial projects. Carina says that Engine is simple enough and intuitive enough for even a high school student to use!
At the end of her talk, she uses a Leica BLK360 to capture the classroom and the students. Carina then uses the Engine Export feature to create a package of the point cloud and imagery, which she sends to the teacher and students as a souvenir. Using only their browser, they can easily interact with the scan data.
Carina also uses Engine as part of a SAIT student assignment that she designed to have students move through an entire project workflow. They go from planning, to data capture, to data processing, to sharing the final results with the “customer”. In this case, the customer is a SAIT lab supervisor and the lab is the project site.
Students don personal protective equipment, take a BLK360 sensor through the laboratory capturing data as if it was an actual job. They then process the results and review the finished project in Engine. When they are happy with the results, they use the Engine Export feature to provide their customer with the results. The lab supervisor is able to review the results using only the browser on their computer, and they can even use the file to add the lab scan to their department’s website!
“Engine has been instrumental in helping me showcase geomatics engineering to high school students and showing them how cool our technologies are with simplicity. It has also simplified teaching my 3D modeling class where the students find Engine to be intuitive, so I can focus on teaching the fundamentals of laser scanning, not the software.”
For more information about SAIT and the Geomatics Engineering Technology program there, please visit the department’s website at SAIT.ca.
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