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Practical GIS workshop programme


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This is the outline of the 3-day practical GIS training provided by GIS Global Image

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Practical GIS workshop programme

  1. 1. Can your organization take decisions by making use of maps? Practical GIS Workshop - Geographical Information System (GIS) - Many organisations have new and legacy data sets, which is stored in a variety of formats across the organisation. By adding a mapping (or spatial location) to these data sets organisations are able to make more informed decisions through the analysis of these data sets. Through the use of a GIS (Geographical Information System), powerful information can be created to not only show how things are, but further how they will be in the future, based on changes you apply to the data sets. A GIS can be used for various applications, which could include: • Predicting criminal behaviour by analysing current crime hot-spots; • Optimising route planning and distribution networks to bring the freshest produce to market; 1
  2. 2. • Increase revenue within Local Government by mapping outstanding payments and optimising focussed revenue collection programmes; • Assessment and planning of agricultural planting and harvesting to optimise soil characteristics and crop yield. The objective of the workshop The objective of the three-day workshop will be to guide attendees through a systematic process in understanding: • The information and knowledge environment organisations and business operate in; • An introduction to Geographical Information Systems (GIS); • GIS data formats, software and concepts. • GIS data analysis – database and spatial data analysis • Practical, hands-on GIS problem solving, by making use of Free and Open Source GIS Software. Each day will also end with a discussion session, where attendees can share their own experience and comment on the topics covered that particular day. The workshop will further culminate in a final day hands-on problem solving using local GIS data. 2
  3. 3. Who should attend the workshop? Delegates from organisations or businesses that already, or intend to, make use of GIS technologies in their organisation or business. As the workshop will also make use of practical GIS exercises, attendees are encouraged to have at least a basic level of computer literacy. The facilitator of the workshop will be Mr. Nico Elema, Managing Director, GIS Global Image Consultants, South Africa ( For further information about this course, please contact: Mr. Nico Elema GIS Global Image (PTY) Ltd Tel: +27 21 880 1891 3
  4. 4. PROPOSED PROGRAMME Day I: This session will focus on understanding what GIS is and how it can be used. Case studies and examples of successful implementations. The Day I: Fundamentals of Mapping and Geographic session would also explore the other geo-technologies (map reading and analysis, remote sensing, GPS, digital cartography) which are related to GIS. Official opening and welcome Session I: Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Content: The knowledge economy. The growing importance of GIS; What is GIS?; Characteristics of GIS; A holistic approach to GIS; 21st Century challenges; Why GIS is important to the concept of development; GIS in practice; The future of GIS __________________________________________ Session II: GIS Project management and understanding your organisation’s GIS needs. Content: What is Project Management? The importance of project management. The importance of understanding your organisation’s GIS needs. The importance of understanding different user needs, and Information Systems how it relates to a successful GIS implementation. ___________________________________________ Session III: Data and data sources Content: The aim of this session is to discuss the importance of data; metadata and to further discuss the availability of GIS data in the Region. 4
  5. 5. DAY II: This session should provide direct access to GIS software skills, by introducing an industry standard GIS package(s). By the end of this course the student is ready to begin applying the software to mapping and analyzing their environment. Due to licensing issues on proprietary software, the session will utilise open source GIS applications for demonstration. Session I: GIS software Content: What GIS Software is available to users of a GIS. Different users in the organisation and how their GIS software needs differ. The future of GIS software. ___________________________________________ Session II: Practical GIS Software skills Day II: Introduction to GIS Software Content: Loading GIS data; GIS data capture techniques; map creation (changing map styles – map rendering); ___________________________________________ Session III: Practical GIS Software Skills (Continue) Content: GIS database analysis; GIS Spatial analysis (includes spatial data buffering); preparing maps for printing ___________________________________________ Session IV: Discussion Content: Relate issues in first three sessions to the work environment. ___________________________________________ 5
  6. 6. DAY III : This session should be an exploration of various, more advanced GIS techniques and concepts though an active learning project-based approach. Students work with the instructor and each other to define, propose, design, and execute a project that incorporates GIS skills and knowledge. The project could be introduced to the class well in advance and students start working in groups from the first day of the training. Day III: GIS Applications - Project Development Session I; II & III: Activity – Practical GIS application Content: Participants are grouped in “Birds of a Feather” groupings and are taken through the steps of developing a Geographical Information System using their own experiences from their organizations. By the end of the activity, the participants should have at least an outline of their GIS. ___________________________________________ 6