Department of Civil Engineering

GIS and RS for Civil Engineers - CE598

Credits : 2

Prerequisites : -

Compulsory/Optional : Optional

To introduce the functionality and potential applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) in Civil Engineering.
Intended Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the course, the students should be able to;

  1. Explain the basic principles and procedures associated with GIS.
  2. Demonstrate practical skills such as understanding data format, data collection, data entry and modification, projection systems, basic spatial and 3D analysis and finally concept of visualization in the use of GIS software.
  3. Describe the physical principles of remote sensing.
  4. Describe the operation of available Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and the error sources.
Course content/Course description
  1. Introduction to GIS and software: Raster data, vector data, data structures, data manipulation, exploring the interface and file management system
  2. Spatial data structures and sources: Map projections/coordinate system, world and national datum and transformations, web and other spatial data sources
  3. GIS analysis functions and operations : Creating and editing GIS data, spatial and overlay analysis, distance analysis, conversion and re-sampling techniques
  4. Layouts, reports, graphs and data interoperability: Preparing and presenting maps and tables and exporting them to different online formats, exporting and importing data from other graphic formats
  5. Remote sensed data and image processing techniques: Use of elector magnetic spectrum in RS, active and passive remote sensing, SAR data, supervised and unsupervised classification
  6. Introduction to geographic positioning systems: GNSS for GIS data capture, importing and exporting GPS data
Recommended Texts
  1. Campbell, JB & Wynne, RH 2011. Introduction to Remote Sensing. 5th edn, Guilford Pres, NewYork.
  2. Longley, PA, Goodchild, MF, Maguire, DJ & Rhind, DW 2005. Geographic Information Systems and Science, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester.
Time Allocation Hours
Lectures 14
Tutorials 01
Practical 26
Assignments 04
Assessment Percentage Marks
Practical Assignments/Quizzes 30
Project Poster / Report 30
End-semester 60

Department of Civil Engineering