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Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2018/2019
Scuola Scuola di Ingegneria Civile, Ambientale e Territoriale
Docente Brovelli Maria Antonia
Cfu 10.00 Tipo insegnamento Monodisciplinare

Corso di Studi Codice Piano di Studio preventivamente approvato Da (compreso) A (escluso) Insegnamento

Obiettivi dell'insegnamento

The course focuses on developing students' knowledge of geographic data analysis concepts, methods, and tools. The aim of the course is to provide an exhaustive frame about geographic information: from acquisition to validation, processing and web publishing. Authoritative data, as well as geocrodwsourced data, are both parts of the course. Rudiments of Big Geodata will be presented. The Geospatial Web and Spatial Data Infrastructures are also taught. Students are asked to learn the most used proprietary and free open source software packages such as QGIS, ArcGIS, GRASS (introduction), GeoServer and OpenLayers.

Risultati di apprendimento attesi

Students will learn how to:

  • Design and develop a Geographic Information System, taking into account the different components
  • Explore geospatial data and create corresponding thematic maps by using GIS software
  • Manage geospatial data with advanced GIS functionalities
  • Design and develop a WebGIS

Given specific project cases, students will be able to:

  • Detail the corresponding requirements
  • Manage the geospatial data in proprietary and open source GIS applications
  • Develop the related webGIS for showing the results of their work

Given a relatively complex problem, students will be able to:

  • Analyze and understand the goals, assumptions, and requirements associated with that problem and model them
  • Define the data and architecture for fulfilling the problem
  • Develop partially or totally the GIS solution

Students will learn to:

  • Write a document with the specifications of their project
  • Present their work
  • Publish their result through a webGIS

Students will learn how to develop a realistic project in the GIS domain.

Argomenti trattati

Topics of the course are:

  • Introduction to GIS;
  • Reference and coordinate systems; their transformations.
  • Geographic data models and structures (raster, geometric/topologic vector and hybrid model);
  • Features: entity - relationship diagrams, object-relational databases and spatial indexing methods
  • Fields: exploring data, spatial statistics, geostatistics, raster database management system
  • The transformation from raster to vector and vice-versa
  • GIS and the Internet
  • WebGIS
  • Meta information, interoperability
  • Web Geo Services
  • Spatial Data Infrastructures
  • The Geospatial Web
  • Virtual Globe and multidimensional web viewers
  • Participatory web GIS: citizen science, VGI, geocrowdsourcing


Exercise sessions and a project laboratory are integral parts of the course. They will focus on the usage of GIS software packages to analyze case studies and build webGIS applications. 

A project will be assigned during the Laboratory hours at the end of the practice. It will be developed by students, under the supervision of a tutor,  individually or in small teams of 2-3 members. Project artifacts (requirement analysis, design document, test report, code) are expected to be released at the exam. The evaluation of projects will be based on the produced artifacts and on a presentation.


No prerequisites.

Modalità di valutazione

Verbal examination of the topics of the course and presentation of the laboratory project.

The assessment will be based on an oral exam at the first session after the end of the course or later. At the exam, the student will be asked about theory, practice and the project developed in the laboratory part of the course. The scores of the three parts will be weighted averaged to compute the total score. The theory will weight as 0,6, the practice as 0,25 and the lab project as 0,15.  The three parts of the exam can be sat at different exam sessions. 30 cum laude will be assigned when the total score is equal to or higher than 31.

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaOGC specifications www.opengeospatial.org/
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaSlides of the course https://beep.metid.polimi.it/

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaGIS Tutorial (ESRI) http://esripress.esri.com/display/index.cfm?fuseaction=display&websiteID=184
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaGRASS https://grass.osgeo.org/
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaQGIS http://www.qgis.org/en/site/
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaOpenlayers http://openlayers.org/
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaGeoserver http://geoserver.org/
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaShekhar, Shashi; Xiong, Hui, Encyclopedia of GIS, Editore: Springer, Anno edizione: 2008, ISBN: 978-03-87308-58-6
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaBert Veenendaal, Maria Antonia Brovelli and Songnian Li, Review of Web Mapping: Eras, Trends and Directions/ ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf., Editore: MDPI, Anno edizione: 2017, Fascicolo: 6(10) http://www.mdpi.com/2220-9964/6/10/317
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaMaria Antonia Brovelli, Marco Minghini, Rafael Moreno-Sanchez, Ricardo Oliveira, Free and open source software for geospatial applications (FOSS4G) to support Future Earth/ International Journal of Digital Earth, Editore: aylor & Francis, Anno edizione: 2017, Fascicolo: 10 (4) https://re.public.polimi.it/retrieve/handle/11311/1009702/169461/Brovelli_Minghini_Moreno_Oliveira_POST-PRINT.pdf

Forme didattiche
Tipo Forma Didattica Ore di attività svolte in aula
Ore di studio autonome
Laboratorio Informatico
Laboratorio Sperimentale
Laboratorio Di Progetto
Totale 100:00 150:00

Informazioni in lingua inglese a supporto dell'internazionalizzazione
Insegnamento erogato in lingua Inglese
Disponibilità di materiale didattico/slides in lingua inglese
Disponibilità di libri di testo/bibliografia in lingua inglese
Possibilità di sostenere l'esame in lingua inglese
Disponibilità di supporto didattico in lingua inglese

Note Docente
Slides of the course and related education material will be made available on the course website https://beep.metid.polimi.it Note: If for any reason students are not included in the official list of course students, they may not been able to access the course material. In this case, the course instructor can grant them access if they request it through the site.
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