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Spatial Analysis with QGIS, GRASS 7 and R Course


This course focuses on the concepts and procedures used in discovering and applying relationships within and among maps. It extends the mapping and geo-query capabilities of GIS technology to map analysis and construction of spatial models. This course is designed for participants to develop their skills using the Free Open Source Software (FOSS).   The course will focus on developing hands-on skills through individual computer-based practical sessions.

Learning outcomes

  1. Understand the importance of GIS as a decision-making tool
  2. Working with geometry and non-geometry data
  3. Techniques to produce map layouts

Course objectives

  1. Enable the participant to gain GIS practical skills for decision making
  2. Enable the participant to be familiar with QGIS functionality
  3. To equip the participant with simple techniques to enable them to build, manage, and analyze spatial and non-spatial data
  4. to equip the participants with skills on how to produce map layouts 

Target group

Government, Environment scientist and conservationist, Data analysis, Retailing, Fleet management, Marketing, Property development, Emergency response, Transport, Military defense, Healthcare, Oil and gas, Agriculture, mining, disaster risk management Forestry, M&E ,WASH, Engineers, Telecommunications Utilities, geographers, teachers, journalists, students etc.


Duration:  10 days


Module1: Introduction GIS and Quantum GIS

  • Introduction to Open source GIS;
  • Introduction to Quantum GIS;
  • Introduction to the Interface of Quantum GIS;
  • Fundamentals on projections.

Module 2: Data visualization in QGIS

  • Vector Data
  • Raster data
  • Prominence of Geo-referencing in GIS.
  • Vectorization/Editing:
  • Spatial data editing
  • Editing tools and Functionalities;
  • Concept of Snapping and its importance;
  • Managing Attribute data.
  • Data Retrieval:
  • Selection and its prominence;
  • Performing different sets of queries;
  • Types of selection.

Module 3: Working with GPS data

  • Transforming Geographic Coordinate Systems to Projected coordinate system
  • Working with geometric and non-geometric delimited CSV
  • Creating Convex Hull
  • Map Layout:
  • Introducing Map templates;
  • Map Elements;
  • Grids and Graticules

Module 4: Working with Tabular data

  • How to calculate polygon area
  • use the field calculator:
  • Generate simple statistics of a vector field
  • Select a polygon using an expression
  • Exporting attribute shapefiles to CSV file

Module 5: Working with vector data

  • Introduction to Spatial Analysis; Proximity Analysis; Overlay Analysis; Buffer; Union; Clip, Dissolve, Merge and Dissolve.
  • Using Query builder
  • Interpolation
  • Creating point features
  • Creating Polylines
  • Creating Polygon
  • Digitizing

Module 6: Terrain analysis

  • Hillshade
  • Slope
  • Aspect
  • Color relief
  • Terrain Ruggedness Index (TRI)
  • Topographic Position Index (TPI)
  • Roughness
  • Curvature

Module 7: Spatial analysis

  • Conversion of vector to raster data
  • Extraction of grid values to point shapefiles
  • Conversion of raster to point data
  • Reclassification processes
  • Overlaying raster data
  • Analyzing zonal statistics
  • Creating a New Vector Dataset

Module 8: Map production with QGIS

  • Title of the map
  • Map body, including all elements
  • Legend giving a title to the map or any additional components or symbols
  • North arrow, so the reader of the map can orient themselves
  • Scale bar to indicate distance
  • Acknowledgments (if any)
  • Graticules, which are parallel lines that represent latitude and longitude, so the map can be considered in a georeferenced format

Module 9: Working with google image Imagery and MAPinr

  • Obtaining the Google Earth Satellite Imagery
  • Geo-referencing your image in QGIS
  • Clipping the Raster Image
  • Creating points and line on google earth
  • Exporting to MAPinr for offline navigation

Module 10: Working raster data

  • Radiometric and atmospheric correction
  • Temporal normalization
  • Geo-coding and geo-referencing
  • Transformation
  • Signature development
  • Supervised Classification
  • Unsupervised Classification
  • Change detection
  • Accuracy assessment


The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprises of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.


Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Services (IRES) certificate.


Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

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Tel: 020 211 3814


This training can also be customized for your institution upon request to a minimum of 4 participants. You can have it delivered in our training centre or at a convenient location.

For further inquiries, please contact us on Tel: +254 715 077 817, +254 (020) 211 3814 or mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before C.O.B. 11th November 2019.

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Payment for all courses includes a registration fee, which is non-refundable, and equals 15% of the total sum of the course fee.

1.    Participants may cancel attendance 14 days or more prior to the training commencement date.

2.    No refunds will be made 14 days or less to the training commencement date. However, participants who are unable to attend may opt to attend a similar training at a later date, or send a substitute participant provided the participation criteria have been met.

Please Note: The program content shown here is for guidance purposes only. Our continuous course improvement process may lead to changes in topics and course structure.


Event Properties

Event Duration 10 Days
Event Date 18-11-2019
Event End Date 29-11-2019
Cut off date 11-11-2019
Individual Price(rwanda franc) R₣ 1,200,000
Individual Price (International) EUR 1,741
Individual Price(International in Dollars) USD 1,999
Location Kigali,Rwanda
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