C&ENVENG 7064 - Non-Stationarity, Selection & Recoverability
North Terrace Campus - Winter - 2018
General Course Information
Course Code C&ENVENG 7064 Course Non-Stationarity, Selection & Recoverability Coordinating Unit School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Eng Term Winter Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Block teaching, 9-5, Mon-Fri, one week only Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Assumed Knowledge C&ENVENG 7043, C&ENVENG 7056 & STATS 7061 Restrictions Available to M Geostatistic students only Course Description There are two major components in this course.
(1) Non-stationarity: Introduction to the concept of drift (trend) by way of geological examples. Definitions of the various forms of stationarity (in a statistical sense). Simple ways of dealing with non-stationary variables. Detailed case study to illustrate the assessment and quantification of non-stationarity. Universal kriging and universal kriging variances. Intrinsic Random Functions and generalised covariances. Statistical tests for constant mean of a spatial variable - the D-statistic and the global D-statistic.
(2) Selection & Recoverability: This component is essentially a study of scale effects. The applications are to mineral resources and environmental contamination (ground) but, depending on the chosen specialisations, can be expanded to all other applications. The emphasis is on conceptual approaches to simple applications leading to simple spatial statistical methods to predict the effects of changing scale - e.g. predicting the distributions of grade values of large blocks from the grade values of sample volumes. The information effect and the support effect - concepts, quantification and practical consequences. Parametric formulation of the change of scale. The affine correction. Local and global corrections for scale effects.
Course Coordinator: Professor Peter Dowd
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.The course runs in intensive mode 9-5pm each day for one week with a mixture of tutorials and lectures. An hour break is provided for lunch. Assignments are to be completed in remaining time outside contact hours.
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course students will:
1. have a detailed understanding of the forms and consequences of non-stationarity and under what circumstances it must be accommodated in practical applications,
2. an ability to apply universal kriging in detail to tutorial examples and, by way of a computer program, to practical data sets, and
3. an understanding of the principles of intrinsic random functions and an ability to use generalised covariances as an automatic means of filtering drift in estimations.
4. have an understanding of scale effects as they apply to spatial variables and will be able to apply simple methods to predict the statistical characteristics of a variable on a scale larger than the scale on which the data for the variable have been measured.
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesDelivery is intensive mode, involving: lectures, tutorials and examples classes.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A standard 3 unit load is 156 hours. 35 hours are allocated for lectures and tutorials. Approximately 120 hours are allocated to completing assignments and revising for the exam.
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Assessment Summary50% coursework and 50% formal, written examination.
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