Introduction to GIS
Geographic Information System (GIS) allows us to view, understand, interpret, and visualize data in many ways that have never been achieved before. Because of its power of revealing relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts, GIS has become an indispensable tool in such fields as land development, urban planning, natural resource management, environmental studies, utility networks, infrastructure inventory, natural hazard mitigation, business marketing, public health, public safety and national security. Together with cartography, remote sensing, global positioning systems, photogrammetry, and geography, the GIS has evolved into a discipline with its own research base known as geographic information sciences. Therefore, having a basic understanding of what GIS is and how it can be used will help engineers and architects expand their knowledge base and adapt to this rapidly changing world. This course introduces students to the history of GIS development and the basic concepts behind GIS. In addition, students will learn some of the popular applications of GIS.
The course has a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.
At the conclusion of this course, the student will learn:
This course is designed for engineers, architects, contractors, or anyone who has a desire to explore the application of GIS in their fields.
In this course, you are required to study the following:
1. Geographic Information System (PDF, 22 pages)
2. Fundamentals of GIS (PDF, 35 pages)
3. List of Geographic Information System Software (PDF, 7 pages)
technical information related to this subject, please visit the following websites
or web pages:
USGS - Geographic Information Systems
USGS Water Resources - Maps and GIS Data
ESRI - Mapping for Everyone
Choosing a GIS - SPACE Learning Resources