GRS-20806 Geo-information Tools


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Practical extensively supervised34
Practical intensively supervised56
Course coordinator(s)ir. HJ Stuiver
Lecturer(s)ir. HJ Stuiver
ir. AR Bergsma
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. AK Bregt
dr. ir. RJA van Lammeren

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This course is aimed at giving students hands-on skills in using geographical information tools. These tools are available in GIS software packages.
The hands-on skills are grouped into three main function-components. These components are:
1. data Input;
2. data Processing;
3. data Presentation.
It is of increasing importance in research to save research results but also to save the repeatable developed application methods. In GIS, these processing methods are often expressed in flowcharts. Connected to this expression form of processing are so-called data-action models. Hands-on use of these data-action models is also a part of the course.

Learning outcomes:

The student is expected to be able to:
- use the spatial data handling options of the ArcGIS software package to model and resolve a spatial problem;
- design and develop a repeatable GIS-application for scenario studies by using the model builder of ArcGis;
- manage and preprocess data for usage in GIS-applications;
- present the results of single or multiple scenario study outputs by means of paper maps, web-mapping service and web-based media like Google Earth.


The course content is based upon a case studies.
Each function-component is discussed and applied by means of a presented case. The acquired skills are finally applied to adapt the original.
Students follow lectures, study web-based materials and work on a case-application. They have to analyse the case-application in function-components and finally have to adapt the application by the required skills and technologies.


The final mark for this course contains of two parts:
1. Students are given a case study that request spatial end products. The solution in producing these end products must be repeatable by means of data-action models.
Also the end results must be presented in a map.
Special attention is given to how the data and models are ordered and managed in the produced databases;
2. A number of open questions are given. These questions are open book and to be handed-in before given date.


All materials are available by means of the Geotools site. Specific literature is not available at this time.
Stuiver, J., Bergsma, A., Lammeren, R.van, Geo-Information Tools web-course (2008).

Restricted Optional for: MGIGeo-Information ScienceMSc2AF, 5AF
MUEUrban Environmental ManagementMSc2AF
Compulsory for: WUGISBSc Minor Geo-information for Environment and Society2AF, 5AF