- Who Should Attend
Learn QGIS online with video demonstrations, written tutorials and exercises to work through at your own pace and gain skills in using QGIS for contaminated land projects.
The course includes an online forum for Q and A. Purchase of the course provides one person access to the course materials over a 4 week period. The course pace is aimed at completing the course in a 2 to 3 week period, with a further week for those who need a little longer. If done continuously, the course should be able to be completed in one to two days.
Public sector rates only apply to qualifying organisations (i.e. Local Authorities, Health Authorities, the Environment Agency, SEPA, etc.).
Why learn QGIS?
Site investigations involve considerable cost in both time and money. The British Standard 'Investigation of potentially contaminated sites' (BS10175:2011+A2:2017) states that "In all cases, data should be presented in a clear and easily assimilated way as possible ...". But for many consultants this can seem a difficult and complex task that requires specialist software and skills. However, being able to clearly present your SI data can help prevent costly delays and mistakes and facilitate regulatory sign-off.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are powerful tools that can help visualise contaminant data and investigate relationships with other spatial information, such as buildings and features shown on historic mapping. Where remediation is potentially required, if GIS analysis can show that the contamination is localised, and particularly when a credible source can be identified, then more sustainable, cost effective and targeted solutions can often be designed, which are acceptable to regulators.
Using QGIS 3+, a free and open source GIS, this hands-on introductory course for beginners provides a series of practical exercises with detailed instructions to utilise some of the most useful tools and functions of direct relevance to your contaminated land work. This course will quickly provide you with the ability to plot out and interrogate your chemical data and combine it with other geographic information to help you understand the sources and risks at a site. This approach helps you to identify and justify more cost effective solutions - getting better value from the data for you and your clients.
- basic principles of GIS relevant to contaminated land;
- installing QGIS & Plugins;
- explore Toolbars & Panels;
- explore Coordinate Reference Systems;
- explore measuring and identify tools;
- create a QGIS project;
- loading shapefiles, rasters and SI (csv) datasets;
- creating and editing vector layers (polygon and point data);
- accessing open source datasets (WMS);
- georeferencing raster data and historical background maps;
- displaying your SI data in QGIS;
- begin to query your SI data in QGIS;
Delegates will need computers (large display screens recommended) suitable for QGIS 3+ software. All instructions are for QGIS being used on a computer running Windows but installation on a mac is also possible.
It is recommended the course is carried out using a computer running Windows.
- understand how GIS (QGIS) can help you in your work;
- produce spatial plots showing contaminant distributions;
- understand the risks to relevant receptors at your sites;
- make use of open and other data sources;
- extract outputs for use in your reports;
- inform your clients and regulator about the results of your site investigations.
This is an introductory course suited for those without any GIS contaminated land background or those who have used GIS to view data but not actively create a GIS project from scratch.
The course will be of relevance to:
- Consultants & SI Contractors
- Regulatory and local authority staff involved with contaminated land issues
- Anyone producing contaminated land reports
- Anyone reviewing third party reports
- Problem holders and developers seeking to improve information and sustainability from their costly SI works
This course is focused on using examples relevant to contaminated land management but will also be useful to others working in land-based industries.
Feedback comments have included:
Feb 2020 (ONLINE)
"Thank you for your help, it was very useful" (Consultant)
"Video's made it very easy to follow" (Consultant)
"Video's very clearly explained" (Consultant)
"I thought the day was incredibly useful. As a user of ArcGIS I had no idea how to go about starting a QGIS project, but now feel confident in doing so. Now I have a real awareness of how powerful the software can be." (Consultant)
"Sector appropriate examples and good structure to practicals" (Consultant)
"Help and advice when stuck - would not get that if self taught" (Consultant)
"Rich course content, presentation and approachability of course tutor" (University Postdoc)
"Help when needed. Learnt a lot in a short space of time" (Consultant)
"Good introduction to QGIS" (Consultant)
"Excellent course, very practical and hands on - best way to learn this kind of software. Very useful course." (Consultant)
"Good intro to how QGIS can be used for contaminated land. Very thorough note pack" (Consultant)
"Good to understake the work on own laptops - so could continue with course at a later date. Quite a lot to do in the day!" (Consultant)
"Worked examples and interactive aspect were the best aspects" (Local Authority)
"Lots of on-hand help if needed" (Consultant)
"Really good hands-on training - much better than the manual. Good to get a contaminated land specific view of how QGIS can improve data analysis & presentation" (Consultant)
"Structured examples that were well designed" (Consultant)
"Very helpful instructor" (Consultant)
"Level of detail was very high" (Consultant)
"Good there was lots of time for practical work" (Consultant)
"Good overall introduction" (Consultant)
"Good being able to use the software whilts being taught" (Consultant)
"Good course and good knowledge of sofware" (Consultant)
"Good notes to go home with" (Local Authority)
"Hands-on course, very appropriate to my profession. Excellent demo material" (Consultant)
"It was practical & directly relevant to using data for practical contaminated land applications" (Local Authority)
"I would have liked more time to practise but course notes are well written so can continue it back at office !" (Local Authority)
"Knowledgeable presenter, practical" (Consultant)
"Hands on focus, with support. Good" (Consultant)
"Getting a good grounding on QGIS" (Consultant)"