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Professional GIS Training

Course description:

A geographic information system (GIS) is a powerful tool for displaying, exploring, and analyzing geographic data. Any data that has a geographic component (including most data in the Earth sciences and environmental sciences) can benefit from GIS. Formerly a tool employed primarily by city planners, conservationists, utilities, and developers, GIS is becoming increasingly ubiquitous in geology and even in non-traditional fields such as the social sciences. Familiarity with GIS can be a decided advantage in todays job market.

Course objectives:

Course Competencies

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • Introduction
  • GIS Basics
  • The Nature of Geography Inquiry
  • Getting to know GIS using ArcGIS
The Map as a Model of Geographic Information
  • Map Scale
  • Map Abstraction and Scale
  • The Shape of the Earth
  • Latitude/Longitude
  • Geographic Coordinate Systems
Cartography and GIS
  • Basic Concepts in Cartography
  • Employing Good Cartographic Design in ArcGIS
Map Projections Theory and Applications
  • Datums
  • Map Projections
  • Coordinate Transformations
GIS Data Models Vectors
  • A brief raster/vector comparison
  • Fundamentals of vector data models
  • Common vector models in use today
  • Georeferencing in ArcGIS
GIS Databases Attribute Queries
  • An Introduction to Relational Database Theory
  • Attribute Queries
  • Attribute Tables and Queries
GIS Databases Spatial Queries
  • Geographical Querying of Spatial Data
  • Spatial Querying
Vector GIS Analysis
  • Exploratory Data Analysis
  • Data Classification
  • Vector-based analysis
  • Buffering, Dissolving, Merging
  • The Cartographic Overlay Process
Creating Vector GIS themes
  • Heads up versus Heads down
  • Map Scanning and Digitization
  • Understanding and Editing Errors
  • Digitizing and Editing a Map
GIS Data Models Rasters
  • Fundamentals of Raster Data Models
  • Digital Elevation Models
  • Raster Imagery
  • Common raster data models in use today
  • An introduction to Spatial Analysis using Raster GIS
Raster-based GIS Analysis
  • Neighborhood Analysis
  • Interpolation and Statistical Surfaces
  • Spatial Pattern and Arrangement
  • Creation and Visualization of Statistical Surfaces
Spatial Analysis and Modeling
  • Model Design
  • Model Flowcharting
  • Model Implementation
  • Raster Cartographic Modeling
Network-based GIS Analysis
  • Address Geocoding
  • Route Analysis
  • Network Analysis

Geographic Information System

  • Course Duration ::2 Months

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