Jun 14, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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CVE 2852 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

1 lecture hours 2 lab hours 2 credits
Course Description
This course will cover fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis applied to civil, transportation, and environmental engineering-related problems. In this course students learn to use ArcGIS Pro software, and students will learn key fundamentals of using GIS. At the end of the course, the student will be an informed GIS user, as well as being competent at using ArcGIS Pro. (prereq: CAE 1851 ) (quarter system prereq: CV 1001)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Describe applications of GIS in the civil engineering field
  • Explain basic concepts of using GIS in mapping the earth in spatial terms and populating the GIS’s system to access data
  • Create and access data in the GIS’s system using ArcGIS Pro
  • Capture positional and attribute information with correct and accurate geographic referencing
  • Convert geographic information among several coordinate systems
  • Acquire GIS’s system information from databases, existing maps, and the internet including high resolution topographic information, soils, aerial images, and LIDAR data
  • Annotate output for finished maps, documents, and reports
  • Produce a new spatial dataset from the union and/or intersection of other spatial datasets
  • Integrate numerical engineering models with GIS for spatial data preparation and output model output presentation
  • Develop exhibits that effectively and professionally communicate key concepts for reports, presentations, and posters using graphic design principles

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
  • Applications of GIS in civil engineering (i.e., data management in water resources, environmental, transportation, soils/geotechnical, and municipal engineering; presentation of modeling results, introduction to GIS (layers, features, attributes, vector vs raster)
  • Locating and importing data sources including federal, state, county, and private
  • Map design
  • Creating GIS outputs - static and dynamic maps, interactive GIS, animations
  • Creating and manipulating geodatabases
  • Working with and processing spatial data
  • Digitizing
  • Geocoding
  • Conceptualizing and solving spatial problems using GIS
  • Integrating GIS with other software programs such as numerical models
  • Developing professional quality graphics

Laboratory Topics
  • Weekly hands-on exercises and interactive problem-solving sessions that reinforce the weekly lecture topics

Dr. William S. Gonwa, P.E.

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