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Geomatics Lab Faculty Researchers

Prof. Daniel T. Gillins

Interests and Research:
Daniel Gillins’s current areas of research include geospatial data management, land tenure systems, boundary surveys and law, and geologic hazard mapping. Recently, he developed new liquefaction hazard mapping techniques to estimate the probability and uncertainty of liquefaction-induced ground failure under funding provided by the U.S. Geological Survey National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program. He was also instrumental in mapping site- specific strong ground motions during an assessment of seismic vulnerability of University of Utah buildings, a project funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Utah Department of Homeland Security. As a result of his research accomplishments, he received the Wayne Brown Fellowship, the largest fellowship bestowed by the College of Engineering at the University of Utah. In addition, Gillins has more than ten years of practical experience working in cadastral surveying where he led numerous large-scale and complex geodetic control and land-line survey projects for the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service.


Prof. Michael Olsen

Interests and Research:
Michael Olsen is an Assistant Professor of Geomatics in the School of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University. He chairs the ASCE Geomatics Spatial Data Applications Committee and is on the editorial board for the ASCE Journal of Surveying Engineering. He has BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Utah and a Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego. He has also worked as an Engineer in Training for West Valley City. His current areas of research include terrestrial laser scanning, remote sensing, GIS, geotechnical engineering, earthquake engineering, hazard mitigation, and 3D visualization. He teaches geomatics and geotechnical engineering courses at OSU where he has developed new, ground-breaking courses in 3D laser scanning, Digital Terrain Modeling course and Building Information Modeling. Recent projects he has been involved with include: development of mobile laser scanning guidelines for DOTs, earthquake reconnaissance (following the American Samoa, Chile, and Japan earthquakes and tsunamis), landslide and slope stability analysis, seacliff erosion mapping using LIDAR for San Diego County and Oregon, liquefaction hazard mapping for Utah, and modeling and studying historical buildings such as the Palazzo Medici and Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy. Michael currently writes frequent articles for lidarnews.com.