Students should be able to analyze surface terrain characteristics and derived properties (i.e. slope, hydrology, curvature), to create continuous surfaces from a set of points, analyze spatial patterns using geostatistical methods, and integrate GIS with Google Earth.
Day one: biding a gis project
- Introduction: course objectives, gis application fields, gis benefits, consideration of gis implementations, symptoms of gis projects, project failure, understanding gis life cycle, project lifecycle, life cycle of it system/ it project, strategic position of gis, flow of funds, information needs, information triangle for gis.
- Understanding and formulating a typical requist for proposal (rfp): primary objectives of rfp, structure of rfp, background and project information, needs assessment, conceptual system design, implementation plan, final presentation, additional information, format of receiving responses to rfp proposal, important dates, selection criteria, evaluating proposals, common evaluation procedure.
- Initiating the formal negotiation process: negotiating process, initiating the formal negotiation process, negotiate a contract, memorandum of understanding with the client/partner organization, formal contract included information.
Day tow: writing a proposal and winning the project
- Reparation of gis project proposal: writing a gis project proposal, gis organizational structure and staffing, staffing objectives, models of gis staff, general rules of staffing, gis infrastructure, gis organizational evolution, traditional gis organizational structure, responsibilities of a policy/steering committee, project budgeting, defining project costs, cost budgeting, attributes of a good budget, gis technical coordination committee, responsibilities of the technical coordination committee.
- Project schedule: definition of project schedule, scheduling concepts, building the project schedule, scheduling problems.
Day three: implementing the project
- Training: types of training, commonly used terminology in training, basics of training, systematic approaches
- Implementing the project: setting milestone, project management, project stages, start of gis project, project organization, project sponsor, project managers responsibilities, responsibilities of the project manager, managing personnel, adopting technology (responsibilities of the stage manager, knowledge base, qualifications of project managers), project management skill sets, crucial areas of planning for project managers, project initiation document (pid), acceptance plan, work breakdown structure, kick-off meeting, work structure breakdown, project management software, matrix of common project risks. Sample work breakdown structure, tackling problems and setting expectations.
Day four: evaluation and documentation
- Evaluation: reasons gis fail, gis implementation management, evaluation and documentation, characteristics of good report, final products, final deliverables
- Documentation: structure of project report, future planning
Day five: environmental management project examples and demos
- Facility management: spatial database basics, spatial databases background, types of data stored in spatial databases, spatial databases uses and users, spatial database management system, spatial query language, spatial query language operations, spatial data entity creation, example spatial query.
- Case studies:
- A. Gis technology for disasters and emergency management.
- B. A prototype environmental data management gis for shell petroleum development company (spdc)