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Introduction to GIS & GPS

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A comprehensive five day GIS & GPS course with theory, practical exercises, field work, group assignments and assessments will be presented at the Centre for Environmental Management (CEM) and the Computer Laboratory at the University of the Free State. The course will be presented using ArcGIS 10.x.

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When Oct 28, 2019 08:00 AM to
Nov 01, 2019 04:00 PM
Where Bloemfontein
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Contact Phone +27 (051) 401 3960 / 2863
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This course will guide students through the process of preparing, analysing and interpreting spatial data with the aid of spatial analysis tools. The course also serves as a foundation for our intermediate level GIS course, Hydrological modelling and terrain analysis using digital elevation models, which will be run at a later date.

Course Content

The following topics will be covered in the course:

  • History and theory of GIS and GPS
  • Theory of spatial data structures; raster vs vector data formats; representing features as points, lines and polygons; coordinate reference systems
  • Exploration of modern GIS and GPS systems; using ArcGIS to load, explore, and display spatial data; panning, zooming, layer visibility, layer properties; using a GPS to map spatial coordinates
  • Working with data layers
  • Symbolisation of spatial data
  • Spatial analysis
  • Interpretation of spatial analysis
  • Map design

Who Should Enrol

  • Persons interested in learning GIS and spatial analysis skills
  • Local, Provincial and National Government Officials
  • Students with an Environmental or Agricultural focus
  • Town and Regional Planners
  • Environmental Consultants; Conservationists
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