Geographic Information Systems
Geographic Information Systems
  • Geographical Information Systems Inroduction
  • Abhijit Ekbote


INTENT: To understand the basic principles of Geographical Systems, its areas of applications in the field of Urban Studies and learning the methods of mapping, representation, analysis, visualization and publishing using GIS.

The present day act of mapmaking has greatly progressed, which enables us to produce fairly accurate and comprehensive maps as the technology of measurement, storage and distribution has greatly advanced. The way we understand the geometry of our earth has reached a general consensus, which is now based on widely accepted theories. This makes sharing of spatial information a lot easier.

The course on GIS (Geographic Information System) which is open for studentss or professionals of any discipline, aims to look at methods of making maps, recording the set of information in a structured manner and retrieving the same in a desired form. The course learning shall be primarily divided in three broad stages:

  1. Methods of Making Maps in GIS
  2. Managing and Sorting Information in a Systematic Manner.
  3. Retrieving Information in the form of Analytical Maps through Structured Query Language.
  4. Publishing Maps.

The course will lay emphasis on the use of Open Source GIS software which will cover tasks such as Raster Georeferencing, using GPS, Vector Data Creation, Designing Attribute Structure, Spatial Query, Terrain Analysis, Network Analysis, Geotagging, Publishing GIS Data / Web GIS and so on. These tasks shall be divided over a period of three weeks where they will work on real exercises.

The exercise for the present summer course will be divided into two groups, where one group will look at the available accessible green open spaces for a planning sector in Mumbai, while the other group will look at an ecologically sensitive area. They will explore the possibilities of analysing them and come up with visual representations which will then be published on . This work will act as an important resource to critique the proposed DP 2034 for the city of Mumbai.

Prerequisites: Any discipline
No. of Students:10 (min)
Fees: Rs. 14,400 (Field Visit expenses shall be as per actual costs within Mumbai.)
Duration: 3 weeks
Location: (Masters Studio, 2nd Floor) KRVIA, Vidyanidhi Bhavan II, Vidyanidhi Marg, JVPD Scheme, Vile Parle west, Mumbai 400 049.
Schedule: 3rd May 2015 to 22nd May 2015, 9am to 12:30pm, Monday to Friday
Instructors Abhijit Ekbote  

Abhijit Ekbote Ekbote graduated as an architect from Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology, (C.E.P.T), Ahmedabad, India in 1999. He was then in private practice in Mumbai and worked on various projects such as film set design, school, residential apartments, and slum rehabilitation schemes. In 2006 he completed a Pg.Dip. in Sustainable Natural Resources Management and Conservation from the Ecological Society, Pune. He has worked on several conservation and adaptive reuse projects with a conservation firm in Mumbai from 2007 to 2009. He was part of the Project Team for the conservation of Chandramauleshwar Temple at Hampi, which received UNESCO Asia Pacific Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation in 2012. He completed his Masters in Urban Design from K.R.V.I.A, Mumbai in 2012. .

He is currently teaching Architectural Representation, Working Drawing at the undergraduate level and Design Studio (M.Arch - Urban Design) and GIS at postgraduate level. He has been part of Design Cell of KRVIA for ‘Malavni People’s Plan’ where GIS was extensively used for documentation, analysis and as a tool of outreach. He has been instrumental in setting up the KRVIA Geoserver which hosts some of the of the institute. He has also set up PostGIS in the institute which enables the postgradute students of Urban Design and Urban Conservation to create GIS Database for their Studio projects.


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