Fall, 1999 Dr Ronald Briggs

Classroom: GR 3.602 (moved from 2.510)

Thurs—7:00-9:45 p.m.

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 2:00-4:00 & 5:15-6:00; Tues/Thurs ; 6:30-7:00

& by appointment or drop-in


POEC 6383

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. GIS is viewed as an integrated system of people, computer hardware, software, applications and data. The course is organized around four primary issues: implementation planning, data management, technology assessment, and organizational setting. Implementation management 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 also examined within Federal, state, and local agencies as well as the private sector.

Students will assess current technological frontiers and 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 (30%), technology report (20%) and implementation project (25%).


Readings and Schedule—Fall 99


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 26 Introduction, Overview and Objectives

Huxhold Chap. 1

Sept. 2 GIS Implementation & Management Challenges

Huxhold Chap 2 & 3

State of New York GIS Development Guides

chapter 1: Manager's Overview @ http://www.sara.nysed.gov/pubs/gis/frame1.htm

Ventura, S. The Use of Geographic Information Systems in Local Government, Public Administration Review Sept/Oct., 1995

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

Sept 9 Planning and Implementing GI Systems: the steps

Huxhold Chap 4, 5 & 6

Sept 16 Planning and Implementing GI Systems: the steps

Huxhold Chap 6

Barrett, Mike Managing GIS Projects in Environments of Change, GIM International, June1999

GIS Design and Implementation, Chapter 15 in DeMers Fundamentals of GIS

Sept 23 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

Meyer, Thomas H. Non-Spatial Database Models


Sept 30 Data Management: Data Base Concepts

If you are unfamiliar with fundamental computer terminology (bits, bytes, etc), read: Jacobson, Carol R. Fundamentals of Data Storage @


State of New York GIS Development Guides

chapter 3: conceptual design @ http://www.sara.nysed.gov/pubs/gis/frame3.htm

chapter 6: database planning and design @ http://www.sara.nysed.gov/pubs/gis/frame6.htm

chapter 7: database construction @ http://www.sara.nysed.gov/pubs/gis/frame7.htm

Oct 7 Data Management: Data Sources and Acquisition

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

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

Dana, Peter GPS @


CAST, University of Arkansas, Guide to GIS Data Sources on the Web @


Oct 14 Mid Term Exam. Selection of organization for Implementation Plan

Oct 21 Technological Context: Software & Hardware Overview

Oct 28 Technological Context: GIS Software Reviews (student reports)

Desktop GIS Software Comparisons: Mapinfo, Maptitude, etc.


Intergraph v. ESRI

Bentley v. ESRI

Mass Market (under $99) software capabilities

Specialized Applications: real estate, transportation, etc.

Nov 4 Technological Context: GIS Data Input and Output (student reports)

GPS software and equipment

Digital Othos and Photogrammetric Production

Satellite Imagery and Remote Sensing

Scanning, digitizing and data input equipment and software

Printing and cartographic output equipment and software

Nov 11 Organizational Settings: GIS Case Studies by invited guests

Nov 18 Organizational Settings: Metadata and NSDI Framework

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

Hart, David and Hugh Phillips Metadata Primer -- A "How To" Guide on Metadata Implementation @


(see also Guide to Metadata Information on course Web page)

Nov 25 Thanksgiving

Dec 2 Organizational Settings: Security, Access and Privilege

Texas Senate Interim Committee on Public Information: Report , 1998 @


FGDC Policy on Access to Public Information @


Dec 9 Final Exam

Dec 13 Final Report due (by 9:00 am)