Fall 2004

General Information

Course Information: This course was offered for the first time in the Fall 2003 semester. It is a version of the standard CE 250 course that is offered in a distance learning format. The original course was associated with the CE 2000 curriculum - a extensively revised Civil Engineering curriculum at the University of Hartford. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology is rapidly expanding into most areas of Civil Engineering - a fact recognized as one of the major reasons behind the development of the new curriculum. As a major part of CE 2000, GIS principles will be incorporated into several courses such as Transportation Engineering, Water resources Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Water Quality Engineering, and this course, Introduction to Surveying and Geographic Information Systems, which contains aspects of surveying and GIS.

A GIS has been defined by Clarke as "an automated system for the capture, storage, retrieval, analysis, and display of spatial data". The "automated system" that will be used in this course, is the ArcView GIS software produced by Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI). Laboratory exercises, the Syllabus,  and the Lectures and Lecture Schedule, are available on this Web Site. Submitting lab reports and homework assignments may require access to WWW sites for background material and data, and lab reports and homework assignments will be submitted via e-mail. A syllabus for the course is available for review. Individual lab exercises can accessed through the syllabus or labs links.

All lectures will require that students assemble at the scheduled time and place as specified on the Lecture Schedule  Lectures will be offered as a live PowerPoint presentation. While the lectures are available for review on the web site, attendance at the scheduled lectures is mandatory because a live "chat" session will follow the lecture.

Course Objectives:  Upon completion of this part of this course, the student will be able to:

1.   Recognize and understand basic cartography such as different projections, datums and coordinate systems.

2.   Understand the basic principles of Vector and Raster GIS processes.

3.   Learn how to use the GIS Software.

4.   Perform a GIS analysis on a problem provided by the instructor in which data has to be obtained and processed before applying GIS principles to solve the problem.

GATE:   The construction of the "Center for Geospatial Analysis, Technology and Education - GATE" web site was made possible by grants from the National Science Foundation, the NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium. CITRIX Corporation, the Environmental Systems Research Institute - ESRI, and the University of Hartford's College of Engineering, Technology and Architecture.

This site was last updated:
September 1, 2004
by Donald J. Leone