GIS1800 Geospatial Technology

PBS / 422 South, (2012)

GIS1800 is an Introduction to the fundamentals of Geospatial Technology, including Geographic Information Science (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), cartography, remote sensing, and spatial analysis through a series of hands-on computer-based exercises. Participants will learn how to utilize geospatial technology to address social and environmental issues.

Geospatial technology is used in everyday without us knowing it, from the GPS in our cars to the planes over our head. Geospatial technology is hooking up the mass network of humanity, making life easier for us to navigate. I took GIS to learn more about how interconnected we are and how remote sensing and surveying combines to form Geomatic. It was because of my interest in Earth Geography that I wanted to explore more about Geospatial Technology.


Question 1. The underlying problems that the map show is that emergency services center are located near the fault line or in high potential liquefaction areas. The fault line runs underneath major roads and freeway which could cause a potential shut down in emergency response. The fault line could split Salt Lake County into three areas if roads are cut off, leading people to seek emergency response farther away. Looking at the map, you can see two big fault line divide  Salt Lake County in three places.

fault traffic

Question 2. My commute to school and back is only 3 miles. I am located in a high potential to moderate potential liquefaction zone, but not near any fault line. If there was ever a disaster that happens, liquefaction would certainly shut down all traffic and emergency response would stand to a halt where I am. Luckily I live close to Pioneer hospital in West Valley but in time of emergency I’m sure that location would be over burden. The hospital sits in the high potential liquefaction zone with no fault line near it.The house I live in is made of brick, pretty sturdy and strong able to with stand the earthquake ,however liquefaction may sink the house foundation. The majority of the housing in Salt Lake county is located within the high potential for liquefaction.


hospThe map above is a view of Pioneer Hospital in West Valley, the location is in the high potential zone for liquefaction. There is no fault lines near the hospital.


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