Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2017/18
Geomatics for Urban and Regional Analysis
Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Territorial, Urban, Environmental And Landscape Planning - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Boccardo Piero ORARIO RICEVIMENTO O2 ICAR/06 30 30 0 0 5
SSD CFU Activities Area context
ICAR/06 6 C - Affini o integrative Attivitΰ formative affini o integrative
Subject fundamentals
The specialising course is targeting students interested in analyses supporting different domains, i.e. urban and territorial planning, natural resources and climate change. Geomatics tools, methods and operational procedures will be proposed as methodological approach to acquire, archive, model, process and display geographical data georeferenced data suitable for a correct representation and management of environmental issues.
Starting from the different types of data sources (focusing on free and open ones), the course aims at providing the skills required to plan, design and implement an advanced Geographical Information System (GIS, also exploiting the knowledge acquired in previous courses) to store and analyze information supporting urban and territorial planning.
A multi-scale approach will allow to integrate different types of information (acquired mainly from satellite sensors) with existing cartographic data.
Expected learning outcomes
In this course, the students will learn:
• the technological aspects related to remote sensing, digital maps, geodatabses, GIS;
• the theoretical aspects related to the use of satellite images to extract thematic and spatial information;
• how to access and process available free and open source data;
• a critical analysis of the adopted procedures and the related outputs.

After completing the course, the students will be able to:
• process and extract value added information from satellite images;
• process and extract value added information from vector data;
• fully design and implement a Geodatabase exploiting a commercial software package (ESRI).

The practical exercises involve a personal evaluation of the overall geodatabase design and implementation workflow, with the aim to extract valuable information for regional and urban planning, environmental issues and climate change domains.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
Basic concepts related to: reference frame and coordinate systems/projections, GIS.
The program is divided into 2 modules of lectures, for a total duration of 32 hours, and a series of practical exercises (28 hours) to be carried out at Politecnico di Torino LAIBs.
Delivery modes
Lessons (32 h):

Module 1: GIS (32 hours)
This module aims at providing theoretical and operational skills related to the advanced use of GeoDatabases for geographical data management. One of the focus is the use of free and open datasets (analyzing the data model and metadata details). The data management (including large raster data archives) through a GeoDatabase grants data integrity as well as a multi-editing environment. Furthermore the GeoDatabase functionalities include tools supporting urban and territorial planning, e.g. cartographic representation management, handling of topology rules and effective geographical data processing (e.g. transport network analysis, geostatistical analysis, thematic information generation).
Geodatabses: basis, definition and architecture. ESRI Geodatabase: Feature class (feature dataset, subtypes, attribute domains, relationship classes, topology, network dataset, cartographic representations), Tables (subtypes, attribute domains, relationship classes), Rasters (raster datasets, mosaic datasets, raster catalogs, raster attribute columns). Types of GeoDatabase: Personal, File, Enterprise. Geodatabase implementation: design, creation and data loading. Working with a Geodatabase: ESRI ArcGIS (version 10.x)

Module 2: Remote sensing (28 hours)

This module aims at providing theoretical and operational skills related to the use of multi-spectral imagery acquired by satellite sensors for environmental and urban/territorial planning. The main focus will be on procedure related to: cartographic data updating, multi-temporal land cover data generation and thematic information extraction describing the analysed area (including both anthropic and natural features).
Remote sensing physics basics. Satellite platforms and sensors. Geometric and radiometric preprocessing. Digital image processing: basics and advanced techniques. Digital filtering, classification.

Practical activities (28 h):
The exercises carried out at Politecnico di Torino LAIBs (28 hours) focus on two main domains:

• Application of the theory basis related to GeoDatabases through the implementation of an ESRI GeoDatabase;
• Processing of multi-spectral satellite imagery (open data) for the generation of medium/small scale thematic data;

Practical examples can be carried out in team: a final report should be delivered as part of the final examination.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
The main text consists of the lecture notes provided by the teacher and slides presented during the lectures.
Assessment and grading criteria
The exam consists of three parts:
• the report on the exercises carried out during practical activities;
• the use of dedicated software tools for geospatial data processing and GeoDatabase management;
• an oral examination focused on theoretical aspects and operational implications.
The final grade is a weighted average of the results of the three previous assessments.

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2017/18

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