Working with Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

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Understanding Geospatial Technology

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

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 conceptualized and structured around open source GIS tools for creating, accessing and analyzing 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 GIS open source software; and will be equipped with skills for data acquisition, data creation, map digitization, conducting analysis to visualize 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 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 one of the course introduces learners to GIS from its theories and concepts to spatial analysis. At the end of the day learners will have an understanding of GIS, the underlying theories and concepts, and starting to use open source tools.

Session Title Schedule Session Description Topics
About IIHS & Geospatial Lab 09:30 – 10:00 About Indian Institute of Human Settlements and Geospatial Lab of IIHS
Introduction to GIS & Remote Sensing 10:00 – 10:45 The session covers the basics with a quick overview of GIS and remote sensing concepts and its applications.
  • What is GIS?
  • What is Remote Sensing?
  • GIS and Remote Sensing and its applications
Types of Geospatial Data 10:45 – 11:15 The module will introduce leaners to different kinds of geospatial data and their properties.
  • What is a Vector?
  • What is a Raster?
  • What are attributes?
  • How representation differ with scales
TEA BREAK 11:15 – 11:30
Coordinate System and Projections 11:30 – 12:30 The session covers the concepts and theories on how the 3D-earth is projected in 2D plane and standard methods of projections and measurements.
  • What is coordinate system?
  • What are map projections?
  • What is transformation?
  • Common Projections used For Indian context
Software installations 12:30 – 13:00
LUNCH BREAK 13:00 – 14:00
Getting Started with QGIS 14:00 – 16:00 The module will introduce QGIS application, an open-source, user-friendly desktop application that allows user to analyze and edit the spatial information. Learners will be taken through a few websites that offer freely available GIS data.
  • Accustom with the interface (Map frame, Composer, Map Layer, Browser)
  • Adding raster and vector layers
  • Adding Plugins (Open Layer, Georeferencer)
  • Downloading open source GIS data
TEA BREAK 16:00 – 16:15
Working with Basic GIS Operations 16:15 – 18:00 In this session, learners will explore the different techniques of georeferencing raster data using scanned maps and Google Earth.
  • What is Georeferencing?
  • How to georeference scanned images, photos and aerial images

Day two of the course explains learners the importance of different types of data models used in GIS.  By the end of the session, learners can create, edit and combine information from various sources and can derive entirely new sets of information by applying spatial operators.

Session Title Schedule Session Description Topics
Learning of Day 1 09:30 – 09:45
Working with Basic GIS Operations 09:45 – 11:00
  • Georeferencing hands-on exercise
  • Georeferencing CAD files
TEA BREAK 11:15 – 11:30
Working with Basic GIS Operations 11.30 – 13:00 In this session, learners will explore the techniques of GIS data creation and explore basic GIS operations
  • What is the process of feature digitization?
  • Representing Tabular Data in maps
  • Enriching data by performing table join
LUNCH BREAK 13:00 – 14:00
Intermediate GIS Operations 14:00 – 16:00 In this session, learners will understand how to manipulate and analyze the overlaying layers by performing spatial analysis to bring out insights from the data.
  • Using Field Calculator
  • Performing GIS data query using Q-GIS (Query Builder)
  • Select by location
  • Select by attribute
TEA BREAK 16:00 – 16:15
Intermediate GIS Operations 16:15 – 18:00
  • Using Geo-processing Tools
  • Raster mosaicking and Clipping


Day three is all about creation and demonstration of map visualization with spatially analyzed datasets like discrete data and continuous data. Furthermore, 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, grids etc. which can efficiently communicate information.

Session Title Schedule Session Description Topics
Learnings of Day 2 09.30 – 09:45
Exploring Google Earth 09:45 – 11:00 This session will introduce learners to Google earth, an open source online application used for analyzing and capturing geographical data.
  • Fundamentals of GE
  • Digitizing features
  • Importing shapefiles and raster in GE
  • Measure distance, area
  • Make time series maps
  • Share data
TEA BREAK 11:00- 11:15
Creating thematic maps using attribute information and Map Types 11:15 – 12:00 In this session learners will learn to represent data and map production techniques using QGIS Composer
  • Map Types
  • Introduction to QGIS Composer
  • Map production
Project 12:00 – 13:00 This session is intended to provide a deeper understanding of a GIS application through hands-on exercise. Learners will investigate a research problem using GIS as a tool.
LUNCH BREAK 13:00 – 14:00
Project 14:00 – 15:45
TEA BREAK 15:45 – 16:00
Project 16:00 – 17:30
Learning of the day 17:30 – 17:45 Discussion and queries
Valedictory 17:45 – 18:00 Certification distribution
Faculty Profiles
Course Fee

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

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

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