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          The proposal submitted to and approved for funding by the National Science Foundation was prepared by faculty members working in three different departments at Georgia Southern University: (1) Construction Management and Civil Engineering Technology, (2) Geology and Geography, and (3) Anthropology. This three-department collaboration represents enhancement of educational activities, existing research, and the opportunity for the development of unique and important new contributions to each discipline. The proposed LaSurCam instrumentation (Laser Scanners, Surveying GPS SmartStation, and InteliCamera), has the potential to dramatically improve education, research productivity and accuracy across many important scientific and engineering disciplines. By collaborating and applying the technology in such diverse fields as are represented by the PI, Co-PIs and Collaborators, the synergism and broad impacts in enhanced education and research is well established.

       The proposed instrumentation, including the latest Leica C10 technology, will be used in teaching and
research activities by eight or more faculty members. Their projects are briefly described in the following sentences. They include creation of accurate and realistic three-dimensional computer models of natural features and built structures. Modern, highly-accurate, surveying instruments and new technology known as “fused imagery” will be employed. Fused imagery combines rapidly acquired, laser-scanned, spatial point clouds (X-Y-Z data) with photographic color information for each scanned point. Projects will include the creation of models of structures (buildings, bridges, highways, etc.); topographic and geologic features (outcrops, fractures, surficial depressions, dunes and details of 
former shore lines, etc.); geomorphologic changes due to natural or artificial processes (coastal cliff erosion, landforms produced by active faulting, quarry walls and steps, earthwork, etc.); archaeological excavations (Civil-War fortification sites, prisoner-of-war sites, etc.); and studies in biogeography (identification of forest-floor vegetation and moisture influences on bird habitats).

       The LaSurCam instrumentation and its use in the above projects will not only positively impact the capacity of Georgia Southern faculty members to enhance educational activities and to initiate and complete relevant investigations, but will also attract and motivate numerous undergraduate and graduate students to strengthen their education with on-going research experiences in their respective departments. The results of these teaching and research efforts will be broadly disseminated to students and to the community in general through abstracts and reviewed publications catalyzing the active participation of students and faculty at professional meetings. By demonstrating the applicability of the LaSurCam technology on diverse educational and research projects, and publishing resultant data and analyses, the impact will be realized by a broad spectrum of students and researchers. In addition, and because Georgia Southern has a high percentage of women and minority student groups, the LaSurCam technology will help to encourage more undergraduate students from underrepresented groups to pursue careers in science, engineering and technology.

Gustavo Maldonado Ph.D.
Brian Moore Ph.D.
Sue Moore Ph.D.
Dallas Rhodes Ph.D.