Fall, 1998

Dr Ronald Briggs

GR 3.126

972-883-6877 (o), 690-3442 (h)

http://www.utdallas.edu/~briggs/poec6383.html e-mail:[email protected]

Office hours (in GR 3.126 or 3.206):

Mon 4:00-6:00; Tues/Thurs ; 6:30-7:00

& by appointment or drop-in



POEC 6383

GR2.401 Thurs—7:00-9:45 p.m.

Management and Implementation of Geographic Information Systems


Geographic Information Systems are becoming a part of mainstream business and management operations around the world in organizations as diverse as cities, state government, school districts, utilities, telecommunications, railroads, civil engineering, petroleum exploration, retailing, etc. This array of institutional types is integrating GIS into their daily operations, and the applications of associated with these systems are equally broad from infrastructure management, to vehicle routing, to site selection, to research and analysis.


This course teaches strategies for successful GIS management and implementation in an organization-wide context. It presents GIS as an integrated system of people, computer hardware, software, applications and data. Introductory material covers topics such as what is and is not a GIS, data forms and standards, hardware/software configurations, and information exchange. Management and implementation strategies are introduced through a process of systematic user needs assessment, requirements specification, database design, application development, pilot project testing, implementation, operation, and maintenance. Public policy requirements and legal responsibilities for geographic records management are examined within Federal, state, and local agencies as well as the private sector.


Students will examine public and private agency’s adoption of GIS in the local area including their implementation approaches, data and applications. Guest lecturers from the public and private sectors will present perspectives on GIS integration, application and management within their organizations.


This course is one of two introductory courses in the five-course Certificate in GIS at UTD. The other course, Introduction to GIS (POEC 6381), provides a PC-based hands-on introduction to GIS concepts, technologies and their applications. It is the choice for a general overview and basic software skill development. Management and Implementation of GIS (POEC 6383) teaches strategies for GIS management and implementation within an organization. POEC 6383 is normally taken concurrently with, or following, POEC 6381, although no formal requirement is imposed. POEC 6383 is only offered in the Fall semester.


There are no formal prerequisites. Evaluation will be based upon: midterm exam (25%), final exam (35%), technology report (15%) and implementation project (25%).



Readings and Schedule—Fall 98 (preliminary)



Huxhold, William E. and Levinsohn, Allan G. Managing Geographic Information System Projects New York: Oxford, 1995


Other Readings (on reserve, or WWW)

Tarrant Regional Water District Information Technology and Geographic Information System Needs Assessment, June, 1998

State of New York GIS Development Guides http://www.sara.nysed.gov/pubs/gis/gisindex.htm (do not print in the computer lab)


Course Schedule

August 27 Introduction, Course Overview and Objectives

Huxhold Chap. 1

Sept. 3 GIS Management Challenges

Huxhold Chap 2 & 3

Sept 10 Planning and Implementing GI Systems

Huxhold Chap 4, 5 & 6

Sept 17 Data Management: Data Base Options

Huxhold, William E. An Intro. to Urban Geographic Information Systems (New York, Oxford University Press, 1991) Chap 2, pp 38-63

Sept 24 Data Management: Data Base Concepts

Oct 1 Data Management: Data Sources and Acquisition

USGS, US Geodata (brochure)

Keating, John B. The Geopositioning Selection Guide for Resource Management, Technical Note # 389, U.S. Dept. of Interior, Bureau of Land Management, September, 1993

Hurn, Jeff GPS: A Guide to the Next Utility Sunnyvale CA: Trimble Navigation, 1989

Hurn, Jeff Differential GPS Explained Sunnyvale, CA: Trimble Navigation, 1993

Manzer, Gary Maximizing Digital Orthophoto Use: A Technical Overview GIS World December, 1995 50-64

Thorpe, Aerial Photography and Satellite Imagery: Competing or Complementary? EOM June 1996 pp. 35-39

Fisher, P.F. Spatial Data Sources and Data Problems, in Maguire, Goodchild and Rhind, Chap 13 (Vol. 1, p.175)

Oct 8 Organizational Settings: Why GI Systems Fail

Brown, Maureen An Emprical Assessment of the Hurdles to GIS Success in Local Government. State and Local Government Review, Fall, 1996

Oct 15 Mid Term and Project Progress Reports

Oct 22 Organizational Settings: GIS at DCAD and City of Dallas (invited speakers)

Oct 29 Organizational Settings: Metadata and NSDI Framework

Federal Geographic Data Committee Framework Introduction and Guide. Washington, D.C. FGDC, 1997

Nov 5 Organizational Settings: Public domain, public access, data sharing, open records and privacy

Nov 12 Technological Context: GIS Software (student reports)

Desktop GIS Software Comparison


Intergraph/Jupiter v. ESRI

Bentley/Intergraph MGE v. ESRI

Mass Market software capabilities

Specialized Applications

Nov 19 Technological Context: GIS Data Input and Output


Digital Othos, Satellite Imagery, Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry

Scanning, digitizing and data input

Printing and Cartographic Output

Dec 3 Student Project Presentations

Dec 10 Final Exam

Dec 12 Final Report due