CE 537 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

This course will introduce geographic information systems (GIS). Students will learn types of spatial data formats, spatial data acquisition, mapping andpresenting spatial data, coordinate systems, querying , joining and relating tabular data, GIS data analysis, editing, geodatabase design and metadata development. Applications of GIS technology are wide-ranging. Common application areas include transportation, water resources, and environmental engineering, and management of resources. Specific examples include environmental monitoring and remediation, plant and wildlife species distributions, urban and regional planning, contagious disease monitoring, emergency response management, consumer and competitor spatial patterns etc. Selected GIS applications from different disciplines will be introduced as part of class exercises, homeworks, and projects. In addition, students will learn essential skills of operating a leading software which will be used to demonstrate and apply the GIS principles.




Graduate Student or At Least Junior


Civil Engineering Program


Fall Semester Spring Semester