This course provides a solid introduction to the issues concerning the management of spatial information. Read more Read less

It has been estimated that some 80% of the data used for environmental, business and policy oriented decision making is geographical in nature. These spatial data require a structured approach to their management if the maximum benefit is to be derived from their analysis and dissemination.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • DurationFive days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1,400 - Standard (20% discount for Cranfield alumni, 10% discount for colleagues of alumni) £1,340 - Professional/trade association discount £1,280 - Multiple bookings* * Minimum of 5 delegates

What you will learn

On successful completion of this short course you will:

  • Design and build appropriate database structures for GIS analysis using a Geodatabase
  • Manipulate data within and between a range of database management systems
  • Appreciate the application of systems analysis methodologies to spatial data
  • Appreciate role of the INSPIRE Directive for driving interoperability between spatial data infrastructures
  • Establish and use protocols for data and metadata management
  • Practical experience with a range of industry-standard database systems, data and GIS tools.

Core content

  • Introduction and overview of spatial data management
  • Database structures – ordered and indexed lists, hierarchical, network, relational, object oriented. Hybrid structure
  • Metadata – standards and practice, creation, maintenance, distribution, control
  • Systems analysis and analysis approaches – methods for designing computerised spatial systems
  • Object orientation – theory and practice
  • Data formats, interoperability and handling of geographic data
  • INSPIRE and the Spatial Data Infrastructure
  • Client server database management systems – Postgres/PostGIS and SQL.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

Cranfield credits are available for this short course which you can put towards selected Cranfield degrees. Find out more about short course credit points.

Accommodation options and prices

This is a non-residential course. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information regarding our accommodation on campus can be found here.

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world.

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road 
MK43 0AL

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