GRS-20806 Geo-information Tools


Studiepunten 6.00

Course coordinator(s)ir. AR Bergsma
dr. NE Tsendbazar
Lecturer(s)dr. NE Tsendbazar
ir. AR Bergsma
prof. dr. D Tuia
Examiner(s)prof. dr. D Tuia
dr. ir. RJA van Lammeren

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

GRS-10306 Introduction Geo-information Science.

Continuation courses:

GRS-30306 Spatial Modelling and Statistics; GRS-51306 Geo-information Science for Society; GRS-60312 Remote Sensing and GIS Integration.


This course is aimed at giving students knowledge and skills to implement GIS concepts within projects where geo-information plays an important role. The course content has a double objective of providing students with the theoretical basis to run GIS-based projects, as well as the practical hands-in knowledge to implement a solution in a standard desktop GIS and communicate the results to a commissioner through maps.
Research repeatability and reproducibility are central concepts. Repeatability in this course corresponds to determine a formal method that leads to the production of project deliverables. Reproducibility in this course means implementing the formal proposed method according to standardized ways. In other words, students must manage data and implement methods according to standards that allow other students to reproduce the application completely.
So-called data-action models are used to develop the required automated processes. The implementation of the reproducible methodology is worked out in the Model-Builder environment of ArcGIS Pro.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- define a project where geo-information plays an important role as a repeatable application made of a series of components and processing steps;
- appraise the degree of importance of each dataset in relationship to the proposed project goals and establish a corresponding data management structure based on standardized rules;
- translate components and steps into a sequence of reproducible data-action-models (in the ArcGIS Pro Model-Builder), with a high degree of automation, which allows for easy implementation of scenarios;
- implement and run the proposed models in ArcGIS Pro;
- communicate the results of single or multiple scenario study by means of paper and digital maps, web-mapping services and web-based media like Google Earth.


- the course content is based upon a case study. This case study is structured in three project levels: Application, Components and Steps;
- the students will implement these project levels during the course. At the end of the course, all levels are filled in to construct a reproducible and repeatable application;
- students follow lectures, study online course materials and work on a proposed project case. The hands-on work is done in student pairs.


The final mark for this course contains of two parts:

- project assignment (60%). Students are given a case study that requests a number of spatial datasets as project end products. The application to produce these products is the main results of this examination part. Special attention is given to how the data and models are translated into this application following the objectives of the learning outcomes. The spatial end products must be shown in a map;

- written open book exam (40%). At the end of the course all online course material and software is accessible for use during the exam.

Students need to have a minimum grade of 5.5 for both theory and practical parts of the course.

The course guide gives details on the assessment procedure.


All materials are available by means of the Geotools site.
Stuiver, J., Bergsma, A., Lammeren, R. van, Geo-Information Tools web-course (Latest edition).

Keuze voor: BSWSoil, Water, AtmosphereBSc2AF, 5AF
BSWSoil, Water, AtmosphereBSc2AF, 5AF
MBEBiosystems EngineeringMSc2AF, 5AF
MGIGeo-Information ScienceMSc2AF, 5AF
MUEUrban Environmental ManagementMSc2AF
Verplicht voor: WUGISBSc Minor Geo-information for Environment and Society2AF, 5AF