NUMERICAL CARTOGRAPHY AND GIS
The course is aimed to provide students with principles, methods and tools at the base of Numerical Cartography and Geographic Information System (GIS). There is also the use of software for carrying out some basic operations.
Knowledge and understanding: The student must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles, methods and tools of Numerical Cartography and the GIS needed to solve theoretical and practical problems in navigation, survey and representation.
Ability to apply knowledge and understanding: The student must demonstrate how to use the theoretical and practical concepts of Numerical Cartography and the GIS to support navigation, relief and representation.
Judging autonomy: Students must be able to independently evaluate situations that are different from the standard ones presented by the teacher during the course and to adopt the best methodologies.
Communicative Skills: The student must have the ability to develop and present topics related to Numerical Cartography and GIS using the technical-scientific language correctly.
It is useful to have already assimilated the knowledge provided by the courses of: Mathematical Analysis 1, Physics 1.
Numerical Cartography formats - Raster format: file structure and typology, geometric and radiometric resolution; vector format: geometric primitives, topological attributes and relationships; levels of information (layers).
Digitalization of cartography - Acquisition of raster format: types of scanners and resolution; acquisition of the vector format: use of digitizing tablets and vectorization of digital images; raster-vector and vector-raster transformations.
Geo-reference of raster and vector files - Georeferencing raster images and vector graphics through conforming and affine transformations.
Automatic datum and coordinate transformations - Passage from geographic to plane coordinates (and vice versa); data change between WGS84, ED50 and Roma40.
GIS: Building Characteristics and Data Organization - GIS hardware and software components; organization of cartographic data; databases and management systems (relational and object models).
GIS functions - Query of GIS databases through SQL language; layer composition; layout organization; construction of thematic maps; realization of respect areas (buffer).
Digital terrain models and their construction via GIS - Digital Terrain Model (DTM) and methods of construction; TIN (Triangulated Irregular Network); DEM (Digital Elevation Model); continuity of the representation and use of break lines; data interpolation methods starting from level curves and quoted points.
Numerical cartography and GIS for navigation: digital nautical charts; electronic cards; ECS (Electronic Chart System; ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information System).
Applications with free and open source software - Vectorization; association of databases to vector cartography; query and selection from GIS database; TIN construction.
The Course includes the following topics.
Numerical Cartography formats.
Digitalization of cartography.
Geo-reference of raster and vector files.
Automatic datum and coordinate transformations.
GIS: Building Characteristics and Data Organization.
Digital terrain models and their construction via GIS.
Numerical cartography and GIS for navigation.
Applications with free and open source software.
The Course includes lectures as well as a few exercises in computer lab, using free and open source GIS software.
The didactic material (provided in pdf format by the teacher) is also available online (e-learning department of the Department - DiST) and downloadable by the students.
Jeremy W. Crampton, Mapping: A Critical Introduction to Cartography and GIS, Wiley Blackwell, 2010.
Paul A. Longley, Michael F. Goodchild, David J. Maguire, David W. Rhind, Geographical Information Systems: Principles, Techniques, Management and Applications, 2nd Edition, Abridged, 2005.
The objective of the exam is to check the level of achievement of the training goals previously indicated.
The exam is divided into 2 parts:
1) a written test in which the student is called upon to solve, using numerical cartography and free and open source GIS software, some exercises related to the application part developed during the course;
2) An oral test evaluating the ability to expose the subjects studied, and to link and compare different aspects treated during the course.
The final score is given by the average score of the written test and the oral test.