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Geographical Information Systems

Code 14627
Year 2
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload T(30H)/TP(30H)
Scientific area Planning and Urbanism
Entry requirements -
Learning outcomes The Curricular Unit aims to introduce and develop aspects related to the application of geographic information systems for solving spatial problems, including the domain of a computer application for production, maintenance and analysis of spatial data.
The following competencies will be developed in this Curricular Unit:
a) Understanding the objectives and functionalities of geographic information systems.
b) Understanding map projections and georeferencing systems.
c) Understanding of spatial data bases structures.
d) Understanding the main spatial data models: vector and raster.
e) Mastering data acquisition, processing and spatial analysis techniques for diagnostic, planning, management and control purposes.
f) Recognition of different tools for advanced spatial analysis available in GIS software and its potential in different areas of Civil Engineering.
Syllabus 1. Introduction to GIS.
2. Geographical reference systems.
3. Geographic data models (vector and raster).
4. Geographical database (GDB) and database management systems (DBMS).
5. Graphic and alphanumeric data acquisition and processing.
6. Vector spatial analysis basic operations.
7. Remote sensing and digital terrain models (DTM).
8. WebGIS, mobile GIS and ModelBuilder.
9. Applications of GIS in Civil Engineering.
Main Bibliography [1] J. Matos, Fundamentos de Informação Geográfica, 6ª ed., Lisboa: Lidel, 2011.
[2] A. Cosme, Projeto em Sistemas de Informação Geográfica, Lisboa: Lidel, 2012.
[3] V. Cavaleiro, P. G. Almeida, B. Santos, J. Riscado and J. Gonçalves, Sebenta de apoio às aulas teórico-práticas: ArcGis 10.x, Covilhã, 2012.
[4] ESRI, "The ArcGis®Book," ESRI Press, California, 2015.
[5] Manual para a Exploração de Sistemas de Informação Geográfica em Portugal. CNIG.
[6] Neto, P. L. Sistemas de Informação Geográfica. FCA, 1998.
[7] Normas ISO: 19101:2002; 19105:2000; 19107:2003; 19108:2002; 19111:2003; 19113:2003; ISO/TR19120:2001; ISO/TR 19121:2000
[8] Páginas Web:
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2021-04-03

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