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GIS for 21st century mining

June 28 8:30 am June 30 4:30 pm SAST

This short course is presented by the University of the Witwatersrand’s DigiMine, in the Wits Mining Institute. It aims to identify and demonstrate the skills and tools of geographical information systems in engineering, geology, mining activities and management studies. The course will be presented online and facilitated by Dr Iqra Atif, and is aimed at mining, civil, geotechnical, environmental engineers, geologists and other Earth sciences fields.

Course content:

  • Understand the fundamental skills necessary to work with commercial and open source GIS software.
  • Understand the coordinates systems and map projections.
  • Understand the spatial data models and their operations.
  • Collect, create and edit spatial data and its attributes.
  • Designing and managing of geo-databases.
  • The spatial joining of data, e.g. obtain statistics from database information and spatial position of elements in a layer
  • Conduct geospatial analysis using extract (clip, split), overlay (intersect, union) and proximity (buffer analysis and Thiessen polygons) toolsets
  • Cartographical skills for data geo-visualisation, including map design and layout.

At the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Explain and apply the fundamentals of GIS techniques
  • Assess foundational geospatial concepts that apply to data, maps and analysis workflows used for intelligence production, planning, and operations
  • Visualise, create and analyse geospatial data
  • Apply the skills and competencies needed to manage better GIS tools used in the management of raster and vector data models, the creation of high-quality cartography products and the development of complex spatial analysis

Contact: Eunice Sediti, WMI,

$258 R3500 – R7000
1 Jan Smuts Avenue, Braamfontein
Johannesburg, Gauteng 2000 South Africa
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+27 (0)11 717 1000
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