GRS-10806 Geo-information Science for Planning and Design


Studiepunten 6.00

Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. RJA van Lammeren
Lecturer(s)ing. WTh ten Haaf
dr. ir. RJA van Lammeren
dr. ir. JP Verbesselt
ir. AR Bergsma
Examiner(s)dr. ir. RJA van Lammeren

Language of instruction:


Continuation courses:

SGL-23312 Landscape Geography; GRS-20806 Geo-information Tools; GRS-51306 Geo-information Science for Society


Note: This course can not be combined in an individual programme with GRS-10306 Introduction Geoinformation Science.

In spatial planning and landscape design the description and the communication of the human environment is largely based on visual expressions like maps, pictures and drawings. Due to technological and social developments of the last decennia these visual expressions are considerably replaced by representations using digital concepts and techniques. Many of such representations are called geo-information: information about locations on Earth (where, what, when). As an example we may point at the internet spread of virtual globes, web maps and geotagged social media. These types of geo-information do have a serious impact on the practices of planning and design.
To help you to understand such impact the course introduces terms, concepts and methods of geo-information science (GIS) that underpin these digital representations. Terms, concepts and methods are related to collecting, handling and visualizing geo data. Besides the course offers you a first glimpse on the next generation geo data like volunteered geo-data, geo-social data, LIDAR, and 3D data. These next generation geo data may support interesting new options for planning and design practices including temporal dimension and the Who-factor. Examples of these practices will be presented.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- recognize the basic terminology, main concepts and methods of geographical information science;
- explain and illustrate the main concepts and methods of geographical information science;
- practice and demonstrate the application of geographical information concepts and methods in planning and design activities;
- report results and methodology of the practical assignments.


- follow lectures that present the terminology, main concepts and methods regarding geo data, geo-reference & map projection, cartography & visualization, geo data acquisition (including remote sensing) and geo data-handling classes;
- practice the concepts and methods by working on a variety of assignments and an applied project, using professional software and given a landscape planning and design context;
- study texts by books, papers and manuals in relation to lectures and practical topics.


The assessment of the learning outcomes is based on:
- a written individual exam with closed and open questions. Your minimal result for this component has to be 5.5 to pass the exam. This result will count 50% of the final mark;
- an applied project. Your minimal result for this component has to be 5.5 to pass the exam. This result will count 50% of the final mark.


Lecture materials, practical manual and texts to study will become available via the course website (Brightspace). Hardcopies can be bought. The exact titles and versions of the materials will be announced in the course guide.

Verplicht voor: BLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningBSc6WD