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GPS Data Management and Geographic Information Systems Course


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) grew out of an idea of taking geographic knowledge, map layers or map data and putting it in digital form and then being able to analyze it and use it for various applications. GIS has major applications in various day-to-day operations including but not limited to planning, forest management, oil discovery, emergency and disaster response (Coordination, Climate Change, Education), mining, agriculture, health and Monitoring and Evaluation.

Through visualization of the spatial and temporal connections to such things as watersheds, human settlement patterns, natural hazards, soils, weather patterns, landforms, and land use, participants are able to think in communal and regional prospects.

Professionals involved in various programs can use GIS as a tool for planning, visualizing, monitoring and evaluating these programs.

This training exposes participants to the use of GIS in programs with respect to data sources, mapping, infield practical applications, technology and timeline for implementation.


  • Humanitarian Practitioners and Policy-Makers
  • Field and Data Officers, WASH Managers/ M&E / Information Managers/ Disaster Managers, Security Experts, Logisticians
  • Statisticians,
  • GIS Officers,
  • Environmentalists
  • Database Officers



  • No prior knowledge of GIS
  • Participants must carry personal laptops for software installations


  • Participants will be skilled in using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and GPS to gather data, collaborate and share information.
  • Participants will be able to communicate interventions in a geographical context using maps to facilitate project visibility, accountability and transparency.
  • Exposure of participants to data capture, input, manipulation and display by QGIS
    Practical skills in the use of QGIS in mapping
  • To expose participants to working with tabular data.
  • To explain to the participants role of GIS as a decision support system in Humanitarian Work.
  • To carry out advanced analyses of geographical data using advanced QGIS (Buffer, Clipping, and Merging)
  • To develop basis of Understanding through practical’s and demonstrations and case studies

Course duration: 5 days


Module 1: Introduction to GPS and Key Concepts

Fundamentals of Mobile Phone Mapping
Components of GPS and Mobile phone mapping components
Equipment Setup –Handheld GPS Receivers
Planning your Mapping Project
GPS surveying methods and accuracy Factors

Module 2: Data collection and QGIS

Data Collection
Exporting GPS data from mobile devices to GIS
GPS data capture and QGIS data extraction
QGIS features and tools
Spatial Data Management
GIS data sources
QGIS Tools and functionalities

Module 3: Tabular data, styling and symbolization

Working with Tabular Data
Data conversion to shape files
Direct importing from GPS to QGIS
Importing Spreadsheets or CSV files to QGIS
Using Tabular Data in QGIS
Styling and Symbolization
Styling Vector Data in QGIS Using Size-Scale Field
Styling Vector Data in QGIS – Basics Module

Module 4: Raster and Vector Data Manipulation

Editing Vector data sets
Heads up digitizing using satellite imagery
Using online imagery basemaps as QGIS background
QGIS Plugins and Extensions

Module 5: Map Design and Production

Advanced Mapping (Geo-processing tools)

Multicriteria Spatial Analysis

Contour Map generations (Raster to Vector)

Using Google Earth to view GIS Data

Making Map for Print Using QGIS



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.


The will be held at The IRES Training Centre, Nairobi. The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, lunch, and study visits.

All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.


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

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Mob: +254 715 077 817

Tel: 020 211 3814


Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before C.O.B 2nd December 2019.

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


This scheduled course can also be tailored for your organisation. To find out how our tailor-made training can help your organisation, call our team on

Mob: +254 715 077 817

Tel: 020 211 3814

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 5 Days
Event Date 09-12-2019
Event End Date 13-12-2019
Cut off date 02-12-2019
Individual Price(Kenyan) KES 75,000
Individual Price (International) EUR 878
Individual Price(International in Dollars) USD 999
Location Mombasa, Kenya
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