Working with Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

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Understanding Geospatial Technology

Course Date: 13 – 15 September 2017 | IIHS Bangalore City Campus

This 3 day course aims to equip participants with application-oriented knowledge of GIS in data collection and analysis to web presentation. It introduces the various components of GIS, its relevance to spatial data and how to implement it in the participant’s field of work.

Course Description

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is one of the fast growing technologies across the world and in India in all areas of physical development, research and analysis by various public and private sector agencies. GIS and its applications have become critical for problem solving and decision-making related to the issues of urban planning, water supply, sanitation, transportation, environmental management and disaster risk reduction. This course is conceptualised and structured around open source GIS tools for creating, accessing and analysing spatial data for diverse fields and applications, with an aim to leverage the power of GIS with minimal cost and time implications for participating agencies.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, learners will gain an understanding of geospatial tools, techniques and their applications; hands-on experience with GPS devices and software; and will be equipped with skills for data acquisition, data creation, map digitisation, conducting analysis to visualise geospatial information, and communicate effectively with maps.

Learner Profile/ Who Can Apply

There are no pre-requisites for the course. The course is ideal for those who want to use geospatial tools and information for planning and implementation of their day to day work.

Course Objective

The course will equip participants with:

  • Efficient management of geographic information
  • Location based decision making
  • Visualizing scenarios based on geography
  • Collecting site information
  • Sharing maps over web
Course Requirements

Participants are expected to bring their own laptops. IIHS can arrange rental laptops on prior request. (Subject to availability)

Detail Schedule of Course

DAY 1: Geospatial Technology

Day one of the course covers the history of GIS from its theories and concepts to spatial analysis. At the end of the day learners will have an understanding of how GIS developed from paper maps to digital maps, the underlying theories and concepts of GIS, and the benefits of using open source tools.

Session Title Schedule Topics
About IIHS & Geospatial Lab 09:30 – 10:00 About Indian Institute for Human Settlements and Geospatial Lab of IIHS
Introduction to GIS & Remote Sensing 10:00 – 11:15
  • What is GIS?
  • What is remote sensing?
  • IS and remote sensing and its applications
Tea Break 11:15- 11:30
Types of Geospatial Data 11:30 – 13:00
  • What is a vector?
  • What is a raster?
  • What are attributes?
  • How representation differs with scales
Lunch Break 13:00 – 14:00
Coordinate System and Projections 14:00 – 16:00
  • What is a coordinate system?
  • What are map projections?
  • What is transformation?
  • Common projections used For Indian cities
Tea Break 16:00 – 16:15
Getting Started with QGIS 16:00 – 17:45
  • Getting accustomed with the interface (Map frame, Composer, Map Layer, Browser)
  • Adding raster and vector layers
  • Adding plugins (Open Layer, Qgis2threejs)
Learning of the day 17:45 – 18:00 Discussion and queries

DAY 2: Data Collection and Analysis

Day two of the course covers the importance of different types of data models used in GIS.  By the end of the session, learners will be able to create, edit and combine information from various sources and can derive entirely new sets of information by applying a large, rich and sophisticated set of spatial operators.

Session Title Schedule Topics
Review of Day 1 09:30 – 09:45
Creating GIS Data 09:45 – 10.45
  • What is SNS? How does SNS work and its applications
  • Can scanned images and photos be used as GIS Data?
  • What is CAD? Conversion of CAD to GIS
  • Representing tabular data in a map
  • Websites from where data (DEM, Landsat, LISS and OSM) can be downloaded
Hands-on with GPS 10.45- 11.15
  • Data collection
Tea Break 11:15- 11:30
Working with Basic GIS Operations 11.45 – 13:00
  • What is georeferencing?
  • How to georeference scanned images, photos and aerial images
  • What is the process of digitisation?
Lunch Break 13:00 – 14:00
Working with Basic GIS Operations 14.00 – 15.00
  • Enriching data by performing join
  • Spatial adjustment
Intermediate GIS Operations 15:00 – 16:00 Performing GIS data query using QGIS (Query Builder)

  • Select by location (proximity road & building.)
  • Select by attribute (land value, population size, literacy rate, land use typology, building classification)
  • Geoprocessing Tools
  • Buffer
  • Clip
  • Intersect
Tea Break 16:00 – 16:15
Intermediate GIS Operations 16:15 – 17:30
  • Raster mosaicing and clipping
Learning of the day 17:30 – 18:00
  • Discussion and queries


DAY 3: Map Design

Day three covers the creation and demonstration of interactive map visualisations with spatially analysed datasets like discrete data and continuous data. Learners will be exposed to the concepts of cartography, quality map design with layer styling in terms of adding text, symbols, scale, north arrow, legends, title, label, and grids etc. which are required to accurately communicate information.

Session Title Schedule Topics
Review of Day 2 9.30 – 10.00
Exploring Google Earth 10.00 – 11.30
  • Fundamentals of GE
  • Digitising features
  • Importing shapefiles and raster in GE
  • Measuring distances and areas
  • Making time series maps
  • Sharing data
Tea Break 11:30- 11:45
Creating Thematic Maps Using Attribute Information 11:45 – 13:00
  • Graduated (demographics);
  • Categorised (land use);
  • Size scale (road, student)
  • How to choose color schemes
  • Adding pie charts and histograms
Lunch Break 13:00 – 14:00
Map Types 14:00 – 15:45
  • Choropleth Map
  • Multilayer Map
  • Comparison between hand drawn and GIS map
  • Time Series Map
Tea Break 15:45 – 16:00
Project 16:00 – 17:30
  • Storytelling with Maps
Learning of the day 17:30 – 17:45
  • Discussion and queries
Valedictory 17:45 – 18:00
  • Certificate distribution
Faculty Profiles
Course Fee

Professionals – INR 9000/-
Students – INR 6500/-

Early Bird Offer*
(*Apply and pay the course fee before 20 August 2017)

Discounted Price for Professionals – INR 7000/-
Discounted Price for Students – INR 5000/-

Last date to register and pay the fee is 7 September 2017

For further details contact Prashanth on +91 98849 51580/