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The Foundation for Using GIS for Infrastructure Asset management Course Outline

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    Week 1: Introduction to Using GIS for Asset Management

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Given general infrastructure management tasks, identify opportunities for improvement by using GIS. 
    • Describe the two key methods on how GIS can help decision making when managing infrastructure. 
    • Identify at least 4 common challenges for implementing GIS and how to overcome them. 

    Topics:

    • Background on GIS and Asset Management 
    • GIS as a Decision Making Tool 
    • Challenges for Implementing GIS

    Week 2: Best Practices and Common Steps for Implementing GIS in Asset Management

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Identify the common needs of the three main management areas within infrastructure agencies.
    • Determine the five common incremental steps for implementing GIS programs. 
    • Describe the four pillars of a successful GIS program in infrastructure management. 

    Topics:

    • Common Needs within Asset Management
    • Developing a GIS Program for Asset Management Applications
    • Integrating GIS with Core Infrastructure Management Tasks

    Week 3: Identifying Organizational Needs and Resources

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Use five common questions to determine the scope of a GIS Program within asset management applications.
    • Describe the two types of consumers of GIS Data and their respective needs within the Infrastructure Asset Management Industry.
    • Determine the two core workflows for developing a GIS Program in asset management.

    Topics:

    • Developing the Scope of an Asset Management GIS Program
    • Needs of Data Producers and Consumers
    • Workflows for the Development of GIS Data in Infrastructure Management Applications

    Week 4: Developing Draft Workflows for Data Collection and Processing

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Develop draft workflows for data collection within the infrastructure asset management industry. 
    • Develop draft workflows for processing data obtained through GIS applications. 
    • Given workflows for data collection and processing, identify the key personnel resources needed to carry out each workflow task.

    Topics:

    • Data Collection Workflows
    • Data Processing Workflows
    • Assigning Capital and Human Resources to GIS Asset Management Workflows

    Week 5: Testing and Implementing Data Collection and Processing Workflows

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Develop a general schedule to conduct field beta-­test.
    • Identify six common occurrences of corner cases within data collection tasks.
    • Determine the three key tasks that require refinement based on field tests.

    Topics:

    • Developing Field Tests for Data Workflows
    • Incorporating Edge and Corner Cases within Field Tests
    • Adjusting Workflows Based on Field Test Results

    Week 6: Training Personnel and Assigning Responsibilities

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Describe the 5 key steps to develop an implementation plan.
    • Develop a training outline for data collection tasks.
    • Develop a training outline for data processing tasks. 

    Topics:

    • Developing and Implementation Plan
    • Training Schemes for Data Collection Tasks
    • Training Schemes for Data Processing Tasks

    Week 7: Collecting GIS Data

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Recognize the difference between Raster and Vector data without error.
    • Identify the difference between primary and secondary GIS data.
    • Identify at least two common opportunities to collect GIS data within day-to-day asset management operations.

    Topics:

    • Primary and Secondary Sources for GIS Data
    • Capturing Raster and Vector GIS Data
    • Opportunities for Collecting GIS Data

    Week 8: GIS Data Accuracy and Precision

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Determine the statistical difference between accuracy and precision.
    • Given a specific Asset Management activity determine the required precision and accuracy for GIS Data.
    • Identify the four principal measures to assess the spatial quality of GIS data.

    Topics:

    • GIS Data Accuracy and Precision
    • Asset Management Specifications for GIS Data Accuracy and Precision
    • Measuring the Spatial Quality of GIS Data

    Week 9: Developing GIS Data Catalogs

    Learning Outcomes:

    • List the three main geometrical classifications of GIS data without error. 
    • Recognize the five main types of attributes of GIS data.
    • Identify which type of GIS Data is the most suited to represent terrain elevations.

    Topics:

    • Classifications of GIS Data Types
    • Attributes of GIS Data
    • Modeling Real World Conditions

    Week 10: Processing GIS Data

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Describe correctly at least one process for improving the positional accuracy of field data.
    • Name the four steps used to reconcile field data with field comments. 
    • Identify at least two methods to spatially compare data.

    Topics:

    • Positional Adjustment of Field Data
    • Review of Field Data Comments
    • Addressing Field Data Overlaps 

    Week 11: Managing Data Collection and Processing Workflows

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Describe the difference between direct and indirect processes without error. 
    • Recognize the three key differences between In­House personnel and outside consultants.
    • Develop an operating budget to support a GIS Program for infrastructure asset management. 

    Topics:

    • Managing GIS Data Through Direct and Indirect Processes
    • GIS Asset Management Using In­House Personnel and Outside Consultants 
    • Financial Management of GIS Programs within Infrastructure Management Applications

    Week 12: Maintaining GIS Databases

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Given a data set, determine the appropriate GIS Data Catalog to be used to store the data.
    • Define two common processes to maintain GIS Data through continuous and intermittent operations.
    • Apply at least two best management practices to develop a work plan for new GIS projects.

    Topics:

    • GIS Databases and GIS Data
    • Maintaining the GIS Database
    • Creating Work Plans for New GIS Projects 

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    This course outline is subject to change

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