Consumer Data Research Centre

GIS for transport Studies (ArcGIS – Vector)

21-22 January 2016

This course takes participants with little or no GIS experience and introduces them to the ArcGIS product suite. Through a mix of short lectures and completion of up to twelve hands-on tasks, participants gain experience of data downloading, data preparation, mapping, spatial analysis and output.

Programme objectives:

  • To introduce the concept of GIS and its usefulness in transport applications and more broadly
  • To develop both theoretical and practical GIS knowledge
  • To provide experience of using common GIS tools in the ArcGIS product suite on a range of social scientific datasets, including transport-specific data
  • To illustrate a range of useful and free datasets and their sources for future use
  • To ensure confidence when developing, analysing, interpreting and presenting cartographic output suitable for dissertations, further research and/or employment

Who teaches the programme:

Dr. Luke Burns has over ten years of experience working in GIS and spatial data analysis and has completed projects linked to crime, health, transport and business. He currently lectures within the School of Geography at both undergraduate and taught postgraduate levels and has spent time working in industry with organisations such as GMAP Consulting Ltd. and Leeds City Council. Luke’s other interests include geodemographics, area classification and index formulation, geo-visualisation and census data analysis.

Is this course for me:

This course is open to Institute for Transport Studies staff and students. It is expected that participants will have an understanding of how to navigate a Windows interface (point-and-click, unzipping files, file management etc) but no previous GIS exposure is necessary.