GIS in Water Resources
General Course Information:
CE 394K.3 GIS in Water Resources
Tuesday- Thursday, 12:30-2PM
Unique Number: 14635
Office Address: CRWR Bldg. 119 PRC
Telephone Number: (512) 471-0065
Fax Number: (512) 471-0072
E-mail:maidment @ mail.utexas.edu
Office Hours: Tuesday -Thursday, 3 -5 PM
Web Page: http://www.ce.utexas.edu/prof/maidment
Professor of Civil Engineering
Office Address: Utah State University
Telephone Number: (435) 797-3172
Application of Geographic Information Systems in Water Resources. Digital mapping of water resources information. Spatial coordinate systems. Terrain analysis using digital elevation models. River and watershed networks. Soil and and land use mapping. Flood hydrology modeling and flood plain mapping. Terrain analysis for hydrologic modeling.
Integration of time series and
Graduate standing in engineering or a related discipline.
There are two web sites maintained for this course at the University of Texas. The public web site is http://www.ce.utexas.edu/prof/maidment/giswr2002/giswr2002.htm which contains the course outline, powerpoint presentations and class exercises for the course. A private web site accessible only to students registered in the course is maintained at http://pro.engr.utexas.edu/ using the Prometheus web information system. This site contains an archive of the video of each class. A parallel course is held at Utah State University under the direction of Dr David Tarboton, whose students receive a streaming video presentation of the lecture presented here at UT Austin. Dr Tarboton will come to Austin for a week in mid-semester to deliver a special set of lectures on terrain analysis and GIS in which he is an expert.
Method of Evaluation
Course grades will be based on a weighted average of results as follows:
Term Project Written Report 30%
Term Project Oral Presentation 10%
Midterm Exam 20%
Final Exam 20%
Letter grades will be assigned as follows:
A = 90-100%
B = 80-90%
C = 70-80%
D = 60-70%
F < 60%
There will be no make-up exams or incomplete grades in this course. I reserve the right to change the date of a quiz with notice in advance.
Course/Instructor Evaluation Plan
Course/Instructor evaluation forms will be distributed during one of the final two lecture periods. A student from the class will be asked to distribute and collect the evaluation forms, and to return them to the Department of Civil Engineering office on the 4th floor of ECJ. I also encourage students to speak to me during the semester, and am open to suggestions relating to the course.
The University of Texas at Austin provides upon request appropriate adjustments for qualified students with disabilities. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 471-6259, or 471-4241 TDD
The purposes of the term project are:
The steps in carrying out the project are:
If you would like to work in a group to pursue a term project, that is fine, but you must carry out a particular section of the project on which you will present your oral and written report.
A term paper library is available showing the reports from more than 100 term papers done by students in this course from Spring 1997 to Fall 2001. See: http://www.ce.utexas.edu/prof/maidment/giswr2002/docs/termpaper.htm
Course Computer Environment
This course uses the ArcGIS version 8.2 software available in the Civil Engineering Learning Resource Center. The Spatial Analyst and 3D Analyst extensions of ArcGIS will also be used in the course. These programs run under the Windows NT operating system. You may want to get a magnetic card so that you can enter the LRC in the evenings or weekends. If you have access to the software elsewhere, you can do the computer assignments at that location. If you work at the LRC, you'll be assigned a standard amount of disk space for your personal use. You should plan to back up your work on a zip drive to avoid complications from lack of disk space in your personal area.
The readings for this course will be taken from:
(1) "Modeling Our World", by M. Zeiler, ESRI Press, 1999, ISBN 1-879102-62-5 206 pages $29.95, see http://gis.esri.com/esripress/display/index.cfm
(2) "Arc Hydro: GIS for Water Resources” Ed by David R. Maidment, published by ESRI Press, 2002, $59.95 ISBN 1-58948-034-1, see http://gis.esri.com/esripress/display/index.cfm