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Introduction to Geodatabase course


This course is aimed at users who need to understand more about the management and behavior of a geodatabase. This will include creating, importing and manipulating vector and, raster data. It will also cover creating attribute and spatial validation rules (behavior) and working with geodatabase annotation.

Overview master the essential concepts and skills needed to efficiently create a geodatabase, add data to it, and realistically model the real-world spatial relationships inherent to your data. You will learn about unique geodatabase features that help ensure data integrity over time and why the geodatabase is the preferred format for storing and managing geographic data. Course concepts apply to file-based and multiuser geodatabase.

Who Should Attend

  • GIS data managers, analysts, specialists, data technicians, database administrators, and others who manage and maintain data stored in a geodatabase
  • GIS managers who need to understand the capabilities of the geodatabase

Course objectives

  • Design and manage databases
  • Understand different types of databases and their applications
  • Normalize databases
  • Create and execute queries


  • No prior knowledge of GIS is required. Participants will be working on their own laptop with Quantum GIS (QGIS).



Course duration

5 days

Topics to be covered

Module 1

  • Introduction to the Geodatabase: Geodatabase types; compressing geodatabase; upgrading geodatabase
  • Relational Database Concepts and Theory
  • Database Design concept, Implementing a database design,adding,updating and deleting records in a database

Module 2

  • Getting started with PostGIS
  • Building PostgreSQL/PostGIS and MS access databases
  • Query writing (spatial select queries)
  • PostGIS Geometry types
  • Working with views
  • Spatial relationship and measurements functions
  • Types of databases(operational databases, end-user databases, distributed databases, analytical databases, relational databases, hierarchical databases and database models

Module 3

  • Database models
  • Database Management Systems (database management systems include PostgreSQL, MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, IBM DB2 and SAP.)
  • Distributed databases(Homogeneous Distributed Databases Management System)

Module 4

  • Entity Relation diagrams and normalization
  • Design and populate a geodatabase: Design principles; creating schemas; spatial reference
  • Create data / export data: Geodatabase elements; Create feature classes and feature datasets; assign spatial reference, import & export data, Load data
  • Data adjustment: Georeferencing; Spatial adjustment

Module 5

  • Spatial behavior: Geodatabase topology; Edit using geodatabase topology; Map topology(spatiaLite)
  • Geometric Networks: Create a network; Utility network analysis
  • Labels & annotation: Create labels; Convert labels to annotation; Edit annotation
  • ArcGIS Online (optional) or leaflets/open layers: Create an online map; Open online map in Desktop; Publish a desktop map to the web



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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Mob: +254 715 077 817

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. 21st October 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 5 Days
Event Date 28-10-2019
Event End Date 01-11-2019
Cut off date 21-10-2019
Individual Price(Kenyan) KES 75,000
Individual Price (International) EUR 878
Individual Price(International in Dollars) USD 999
Location Nairobi, Kenya
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