This course offers engineers and surveyors an overview of Geographical Information Science and Systems (GIS), including utility mapping, plume modeling, and water quality issues, as well as the use of GPS for data collection, helping them understand the terminology and scope of GIS or GPS services for better decision-making and communication with GIS professionals.
This continuing education course will explore the world of Geographical Information Science and Systems (GIS) and its role in engineering and surveying. We delve into how this science applies to various aspects of engineering, ranging from mapping utilities to simulating pollution dispersion and resolving water quality concerns across diverse watersheds. By integrating GIS into engineering tasks, we witness enhanced imagery, improved accuracy, and heightened productivity and efficiency. The utilization of the United States Global Positioning System (GPS) is on the rise in the surveying field, offering an improved way to gather data for GIS applications. Our goal is to acquaint engineers and surveyors with the specific terms and jargon used by GIS Professionals. This understanding empowers engineers and surveyors to effectively respond to Requests for Qualifications and enables them to effectively identify which specific elements of GIS or GPS services will be required, and whether they have the in-house expertise for the job. As a valuable resource, we provide a glossary featuring common terms from this field upon course completion to ensure that you hold onto your newfound knowledge base and accelerate in your field.
This course does not only offer a comprehensive initiation into Geographical Information Science (GIS), encompassing its terminology and core functionalities. Practical insights into GIS usage within real-world engineering scenarios will be covered as well. Key topics include data referencing to coordinate systems, and effective management of scales and resolutions, and adept recognition of diverse GIS data formats along with metadata intricacies. The course delves into the realm of GIS data collection techniques, spotlighting the application of GPS and Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) methods. There will be a section on GPS technology that involves the utilization of data correction systems; accuracy benchmarks relative to conventional surveying approaches, and a brief survey of prominent GIS and GPS software and hardware. It is important to note that this course is not designed as a step-by-step guide for map creation or data analysis. Rather, it serves the following purposes: firstly, as a pragmatic primer on geospatial concepts, aiding individuals in appraising the integration of these skills within their professional trajectory; secondly, as a foundational knowledge base for selecting the appropriate software or hardware resources for a successful start; and lastly, as an engaging resource catering to those seeking a fundamental conversational grasp and appreciation of the dynamic realm of GIS and GPS. This exclusive course content is tailored to cultivate a nuanced understanding and a bridge to confident interaction with the GIS and GPS domain.
Author: Julie Coco, PE
Course Number: 130
Course Hours: 4 PDH