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GIS/Watershed Analysis for Permaculture Practicum with Darren Doherty 10-11 AUG  RSS feed

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Following on from a similar, though longer workshop held in El Arenal in Jalisco, Mexico in late 2009, we are holding a 'GIS/Watershed Analysis for Permaculture Practicum' from the 10-11th of August 2011 here in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia. Again this is subject to requests over the year and particularly more recently. The short notice is due to our 'chock a block' schedule especially with the RegenAG workshop series starting in August and taking great bookings plus a number of requests to hold such a workshop before too long so here it is....

Similar to our recent 'Earthworks Practicum' we will be hosting a minimum number of participants ( in our family home. The workshop will focus on using the various commonly available software including Google Earth and MapInfo Professional. Mapping techniques using modern and ancient levels plus GPS technology will also be integrated into this workshop. Our simple intention is to skill people to be able to use these techniques to develop their digital cartographic skills for the purposes of creating Permaculture designs as we have been doing since 1996.

This workshop is not intended for those who find reading maps difficult or who have difficulty with operating computers.

Details are below:

Date: 10-11 August, 2010

Where: 45 Casey St, Bendigo East, Victoria, Australia

What to Bring: Warm Clothes, Bed Clothes, Sleeping Bag, Pillow, Bath Towel, Notes, Great Positive Attitude

Accommodation: 45 Casey St, Bendigo East, Victoria, Australia

Public Transport: Flights into Melbourne (MEL) & almost hourly trains from Melbourne to Bendigo. We can pick you up and drop you off at the Bendigo Station.

Price: $300/day all inclusive for couples, $200/day all inclusive for singles - 3 meals a day of beautiful home cooked omnivorous local food plus all beverages etc. Vegetarians are catered for.

Bookings: or phone +61 3 5443 9410

Payments: Full payment on morning of Day 1 (10th August 2010) or Pre-Pay via PayPal or Direct Deposit

Numbers are strictly limited to 8 people.

A handbook will be supplied to each participant as part of the practicum.

As always our typical open access to all kinds of electronic materials applies so please bring a portable hard-drive or larger memory stick.


Day 1:

- Overview of various software & equipment
- Putting a Contoured Aerial Photo Base Map together: Accessing data, scanning/digitising; mapping projections, geographic registration
- Coordination of a mapping project:  Surveying, logistics, order of process, standards of output
- Watershed Assessment: Catchment Analysis, Runoff Coefficients, BioEngineering structures and strategies

Day 2:

- Concept Plan Development: Urban & rural design cartography strategies, revision procedures
- Detail Design Development: CAD applications, standards of output, codification, printing & sharing protocols/practices
- Bills of Quantities: What to include, costing a project, broader strategies for project management/schedules/process
- Q&A time - Open Slather!

We already have a couple of bookings so just as our other short practicums this one is sure to be booked out quickly.

All the best,

Darren Doherty
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