Geographic Information Systems is a growing industry. Nearly all industries utilise GIS in some capacity, from environmental, agricultural and natural resource management to engineering, city planning, and public health, making a practical understanding of GIS technology crucial.
The Geographic Information Systems Professional Concentration focuses on how to analyze and model the built and natural environments in order to inform resource management and policy decisions. Whether you want to advance your career by adding GIS to your skill set, or you’re a manager looking to increase the capacity of your office by bringing GIS to your organisation skills in GIS can greatly benefit you.
This course is intended for professionals who desire to include GIS as a tool in land use and resource planning efforts, and will also be beneficial to anyone with a strong desire to incorporate GIS database design and maintenance technology in a systematic and comprehensive manner. The course is directed at those who have a working knowledge of GIS; it is highly recommended that Participants have experience using GIS or take Introduction to Geographic Information Systems prior to undertaking this course.
The participants will complete the program with a clear understanding of GIS technology and terminology and the training and expertise to put them to use, including:
• GIS terms, available systems (focusing on GIS), data sources and GIS policy decisions
• GIS database design philosophy and maintenance
• GIS techniques for watershed analysis
• Python programming for GIS applications
• How to manage sustainability projects using GIS applications
Who Should Attend?
• GIS specialist
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
The participants will learn about GIS terms, available systems, data sources and GIS policy decisions. This class contains lectures and experience in GIS, which leads to a working knowledge of GIS and an understanding of the planning design for which GIS is used.
Advanced GIS: Productivity, Geoprocessing, and Analysis
In this part will Increase your understanding of available tools in GIS for many types of spatial analyses, and understand how to choose the appropriate set of tools for different situations. Gain experience with a variety of geoprocessing tools in GIS, discover better work routines and learn how to improve your workflow. Review important topics such as projections and editing, and explore many overlooked but useful tools that make life easier and save time and effort, including many advanced editing tools and map topology. You will also learn how to create map books using data-driven pages and ModelBuilder effectively for streamlining analyses and creating an easily modifiable interface for spatial analysis steps that are repeated many times.
GIS Database Design
In this section, the industry-standard and emerging data design technologies for today’s natural resource and land use planning will be reviewed.
We will learn how to;
Identify poor data design characteristics
Convert logical data definitions and relationships to physical data design
Prepare a plan for efficient data loading and manage quality assurance.
Analyse real-world examples, including;
green site selection
government service delivery
Discuss tabular, spatial, document, image and other types of data formats, as well as new challenges in integrating data from different sources, qualities, scales, and complexities.
Examine prevailing application development methodologies, such as:
Interpreting and documenting business requirements
Modelling data relationships
Database language options
Participants will propose, design and populate a database of their choice using spatial and other forms of data.
Using GIS to Manage, Analyze and Promote Sustainability
Identify opportunities to promote, implement and manage sustainability projects through the use of GIS
Review real-world case studies of GIS application in solving energy reduction mandates
Learn how to match GIS tools to specific sustainability challenges, including site selection, preservation efficiency evaluation, land use compatibility analysis and green marketing techniques.
Structured hands-on exercises, participants will be able to complete a small GIS sustainability project of their own choice.
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