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Introduction to Geoinformatics

Modern geo-information processing organizations aim to excel in domains ranging from spatial data capture through surveying and remote sensing, handling and analyzing in a GIS to geo-visualization on paper and interactive websites. Owing to the rising demand for geo-information products, these organizations must work professionally and efficiently to satisfy client demands. Consequently, the requirement for staff to have proper understanding of the entire geo-information production line is of growing significance.

This course provides the basic theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience required to perceive the synergy within this multidisciplinary production environment. It will foster improved mutual understanding, collaboration, and the effective exchange of geo-information between the different  domains in the organisation, leading to higher-quality output.


Are you a mid-career professional and national of -and living and working in one of the countries listed here? You might consider applying for a scholarship from the Orange Knowledge Programme (former NFP). 

For whom

This course is designed for staff of geo-information production organizations and (private) companies who are working in the domains of geo-data acquisition, handling, analyzing and/or visualization, and recognize the need for a wider understanding and awareness of the entire geo-information production line to improve efficiency and productivity.

Course content

This course is taught in four modules of three weeks each. The first module deals with geo-data acquisition using state-of-the-art methods and results in properly geo-referenced and optimized images for further processing. The second module is about the principles of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and of the capabilities of GIS as a problem solving tool. Basic understanding of cartographic design and visualization based on user requirements is introduced in the third module. The final module offers a choice to either  deepen the knowledge in photogrammetry and remote sensing or in GIS and visualization.

This choice is relevant for participants considering to follow the advanced courses: Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing or GIS and Geo-visualization.

What will be achieved?

On completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the common coordinate systems and reference surfaces
  • Describe the role of surveying and GNSS in the acquisition of reference data
  • Describe the concepts and role of photogrammetry and remote sensing for the production of geo-information
  • Summarize photogrammetric products: Coordinates, Digital Terrain Models, orthophotos, features and point clouds
  • Summarize image processing methods for geo-information extraction: visual image interpretation and digital image classification
  • Describe the main components of a GIS
  • Build relational databases and perform database query tasks
  • Perform spatial analysis on vector data
  • Describe the main components of geo-data visualization
  • Understand classification methods for geographic data visualization
  • Understand the difference between conceptual and graphic map generalization
  • Understand the concepts and techniques of internet mapping
  • Apply the knowledge and skills acquired during the course in a GIS-based map production case study.

After following the Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing module, participants will be able to:

  • Make appropriate use of methods for colour image display, stereo display and image enhancement
  • Demonstrate digital image classification for geo-information production
  • Explain point cloud acquisition and application
  • Select image orientation methods for photogrammetric applications

After following the GIS and Visualization module, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the basics of measuring data quality
  • Design workflows for mapping and models for geo processing
  • Decide on suitable representation and labelling methods for different map types

Why choose this course?

This course paves the way for specialists in larger geo-information production organizations and businesses to be able coordinate integrated geo-information production processes. It also prepares staff and researchers working in non-geo disciplines to make use of geospatial data for information extraction enriching their domain knowledge and project outcomes.

About your diploma

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Certificate which will include the name of the course. 

Along with your Certificate you will receive a Course Record providing the name, and if applicable, all the subjects studied as part of the course. It states: the course code, subject, exam date, location and the mark awarded.

Admission requirements

Academic level and background

Applicants for this certificate course should have completed their secondary education in a discipline related to the course specialization and have at least three years of relevant practical experience.


The faculty accepts transcripts, degrees and diplomas in the following languages: Dutch, English, German, French and Spanish. It is at the discretion of the faculty to require additional English translations of all documents in other languages as well.

English language

As all courses are given in English, proficiency in the English language is a prerequisite.

If you are a national of one of the countries in this list (PDF), you are exempted from an English language test.

Please note: the requirements when applying for fellowships may vary according to the regulations of the fellowship provider.

English language tests: minimum requirements

Only internationally recognized test results are accepted.

TOEFL Paper-based Test (PBT)


TOEFL Internet-based Test


British Council / IELTS



C2 Proficiency / C1 Advanced

Computer skills

Applicants lacking computer experience are strongly advised to follow basic courses in their home countries.

Key information

12 weeks
Full-time (no part-time programs possible)
100% English taught
Starting date
13 January 2020
End date
3 April 2020
Enschede, Netherlands
Tuition fees
2019 / 2020
full-time, institutional
€ 3.347