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GRI Summer Clinics

GRI Seminar Room
Biology Building, 4th floor, Room 428
Commencing 12pm, Monday 24th October.  -  PLEASE R.S.V.P. to

The Geospatial Research Institute would like to invite you to a weekly series of one to two hour presentations on seldom covered aspects of the Geospatial Industry. These workshops are designed to be interactive and offer a focus outside of the standard curriculum based lectures. These will be presented initially by Wayne Tyson, Manager of the GRI with further guest presenters from the Academic and Industry sectors at a later date.
Wayne has had 15 years of Geospatial Industry experience working in private and government agencies in Australia and for the last 9 years at DOC in New Zealand.

Week 1, Mon 24/10/2016 – GIS, GPS and Geospatial. What is it?
With so much talk about Geospatial and a confusion of terms and jargon, this seminar will introduce non-Geospatial people to the broader concepts of what Geospatial tools are available and how they can be utilized in all areas of research. Broader concepts covered will be how Geospatial tools help provide and discover information, why Google Earth is not a GIS and unlocking the power of Where from your data. This session is targeted at project managers who want to find out how Geospatial can assist or enhance their areas of research. (One hour)

Week 2, Mon 31/10/2016 – GIS and good cartography. Some tips and tricks
The default parameters in the more popular GIS tools are almost designed to produce poor map products.  The aim of this session is to provide a few simple tricks to allow a desktop GIS user to produce sharper and more professional looking map products.  This workshop is for people using GIS and wanting to make more presentable maps for reports and publication .Bring your own laptop and data. (Two hours)

Week 3, Mon 7/11/2016 – Spatial data capture and format. Getting the basics right at the start.
So much data is collected that with a bit better thought could be used in a GIS to produce results that were not even expected.  This is a session for non-professional GIS/GPS users to help capture spatial information in a way that will save a massive effort later in the data management life cycle. This is for anyone collecting data that may be used spatially. (One hour)

Week 4, Mon 14/11/2016 – Mobile GIS. Cheap and easy ways of capturing spatial data.
While mobile phone technology is not as accurate or precise as professional grade GPS receivers, there are a range of mobile mapping tools that allow the capture and visualisation of spatial data for free. Bring along your laptop and mobile phone / tablet. (Android or iOS only) (Two hours)

Week 5, Mon 21/11/2016 – GIS in Excel.  Because you can doesn’t mean you should.
Large amounts of spatial data are captured in Excel, often in ways that need considerable data cleaning at a later stage.  This session is for those capturing location information in Excel and the best way to record and store these data. The session will also cover some of the other pitfalls and tricks that will allow Excel to talk to a GIS. (One hour)

Want more information or you have other ideas for clinic topics
contact Wayne Tyson,
364 2987 ext. 6064

Masters in Geographic Information Science (MGIS)

The Masters in Geographic Information Science (MGIS) and the Postgraduate Diploma in Geographic Information Science (PGDipGIS) at the University of Canterbury, Victoria University of Wellington and the Auckland University of Technology is a programme designed not only to equip students with strong technical skills in a range of different software environments, but also to ensure students gain a solid foundation in GIS theory, knowledge and applications. These skills will allow graduates to work within, critique and build beyond any existing GIS system. The MGIS and PGDipGIS are excellent opportunities to move into an exciting and fast-growing field.