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GIS short courses

The School of Surveying hosts GIS short courses for staff and postgraduates who want to start using or improve their use of GIS software.

These courses are provided annually and typically run in the week prior to the start of Semester One (mid-February). They are free to attend. An email is distributed to the University in January with information on how to attend.

Introduction to QGIS

The three hour course will introduce participants to QGIS, the leading free and open-source Geographic Information System (GIS) software package. As an open-source alternative to ArcGIS, QGIS offers powerful spatial data management, analysis and visualisation and runs on multiple computer platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux) with constant development and expansion.

Participants in this course will be introduced to the QGIS interface and explore some common workflows in a GIS, such as importing and displaying spatial data from a text file, analysis tools such as buffer and intersect and the use of Open Street Map (crowd-sourced data) and other data available with plug-ins for analysis and visualisation.

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View the QGIS short course flyer (PDF format, 401KB)

Introduction to ArcGIS Pro

The three hour course will introduce participants to Esri’s new stand-alone ArcGIS Pro software program. ArcGIS is the industry-standard Geographic Information System (GIS) software and is used in many different fields and applications, from economics to ecology. Datasets increasingly contain location information. Knowing how to handle the spatial aspects of data improves analysis and results.

ArcGIS Pro is a powerful software package that offers improvements in handling multi-dimensional (e.g., elevation and time) data over ArcGIS programs like ArcMap (brief overview here). Participants in the course will be introduced to the ArcGIS Pro interface and explore some of analysis tools such as a viewshed calculation and LiDAR processing, as well as 3D scene visualisation and animations.

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View the ArcGIS Pro short course flyer (PDF format, 283KB)

Introduction to ArcGIS Desktop

The four hour course will introduce participants to Esri’s ArcGIS Desktop software. ArcGIS is the industry-standard Geographic Information System (GIS) software and is used in many different fields and applications, from economics to ecology. Datasets increasingly contain location information. Knowing how to handle the spatial aspects of data improves analysis and results.

Participants in the course will learn how to use tools and features in the software to import data, perform basic spatial analysis, symbolise data, export data into various formats, and to map results. The course is designed for people who have little or no experience with ArcGIS software.

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View the ArcGIS Desktop flyer (PDF format, 406KB)

For more information, contact:

Aubrey Miller
Email: aubrey.miller@otago.ac.nz