GIS and Mapping Course

Orbital Africa offers a wide range of GIS and remote sensing training courses covering topics related to Geospatial technology, drones, survey, engineering and mapping. At Orbital Africa, we aim at delivering quality learning through instructor-led trainings.

Introduction to Geographical Information System (GIS)

We offer a wide range of both online and onsite beginner, advanced, certificate and short courses in Geospatial realm.

01 Introduction to the course

Geographic Information System (GIS) is one of the most remarkable innovations of  all  time, which  has become  an essential  tool  in resource management and planning. It is an information system comprising hardware, software, methods, data and people, all working together to capture, store, manage and manipulate, analyze, and display spatial information, to solve complex problems and enable decision making. It uses the concept of location of entities, whereby nearly everything can be assigned a geographic location. It uses basic concepts e.g. space, distance and direction.

02 Course overview

This course will introduce you to the basics of GIS, with a focus of equipping you with fundamental skills of working with spatial data. It will introduce you to the nature, types and sources of spatial data and the use of various GIS Software to manage, analyze and visualize this data. The course includes both practical software training and explanations of the concepts you need to know to make informed decisions as you start your journey to becoming a GIS analyst.

03 Course objectives

  • Understand what GIS is and what it can be used for;
  • Get Started with various GIS Software;
  • Know how to create your own GIS data;
  • Understand the basics of Geospatial data management.

04 Course content/outline

  • Introduction to GIS Concepts;
  • Spatial Reference Systems;
  • Nature of GIS Data;
  • Geospatial Data Management;
  • Advanced Geospatial Analysis.

05 The GIS case study

Georeferencing, digitizing and creating an integrated GIS database for Nakuru city in Kenya.

06 Expected training outcomes

At the end of this course, the learners should;

  • Understand what GIS is and its applications (Can you explain it to a fifth grader?);
  • Have a basic understanding on the operation of ArcGIS and Q-GIS;
  • Be able to collect data from the field in real time, or from the internet and other sources;
  • Be able to import data into GIS software;
  • Able to create a GIS database and perform basic analysis.

07 Fee, duration & registration

Course Duration: 5 Days

Training Fee: KSh 40,000 | USD 400

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08 Training Materials/Software

  • A laptop/PC
  • ArcGIS Desktop
  • ArcGIS or Q-GIS

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