Mobile GIS









I have received a Fulbright Scholarship and am on sabbatcial at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom until August, 2010. I do check some email, but not all.






The Classes I Teach Fairly Regularly
City Growth / City Design   Applied GIS and Social
Topics in Transportation:
Bicycle Planning
Mobile GIS

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PPPM4/536: Applied GIS and Social Planning (Fall)
This course is designed to augment students’ existing Geographic Information System (GIS) skills and to apply those skills to real-world projects.  Learning GIS usually does not really happen until one is faced with data constraints, data error, and the expectation of saying something meaningful and useful given limited resources.  This course will provide such an environment.

The class will be divided into a lecture and a lab component.  The first few weeks of lab time will be crazy.  Our community mapping day will be in mid October and everyone needs to be up to speed on ArcPad mobile GIS technology by that date.  We will also be reviewing some key GIS skills that you need to have, and we’ll be learning some more advanced GIS extensions – Network Analyst, Spatial Analyst, and 3D Analyst.  Lab times in the middle of the term will be partly dedicated to the community project and the advanced GIS skills.  Labs at the end of the term will be for your own individual project. 

Our lecture time will follow a seminar format where we will discuss issues of relevance to the use of GIS and social planning, such as empowerment, citizen participation, and equity.

PPPM4/538: Topics in Transportation: Bicycle Planning (Spring) )
This class is intended to answer the seemingly simple question: "Why don't more people get out of their cars and bike?"  The purpose of this course is to give students the opportunity to explore the various elements involved in planning and advocating for increased utilization of bicycles as a form of urban transportation.  The focus will be on three main areas: 1) Policy and planning; 2) design, safety, and legal issues; and 3) social change.  The class will consist of a combination of teaching and learning approaches, including the use of lectures, guest lectures by practitioners, in-class exercises, and out-of-class hands-on assignments.

PPPM4/507: City Growth / City Design (Winter - will not be offered in 2010)
Why have cities and suburbs developed as they have?  What are the economic, political, social, and spatial forces that shape the American city and its environs? If the aim is to change patterns of development, what are the dimensions that need to be understood in order to put this change into effect?

This course seeks to understand the broad range of issues that have molded and continue to mold cities and suburbs. The scope will be wide and will include everything from policy, planning, and transportation issues down to specific urban design and architectural approaches/strategies.

Through lectures, discussions, case studies, and group projects, you will be asked to tease apart and ‘read’ current development patterns in an effort to understand what must be done/dealt with in order to create change.

This course is co-taught with Professor Nico Larco in Architecture.

PPPM4/507: Mobile GIS (Winter)
This class will explore the use of GIS on Personal Digitial Assistants (PDA) for use in bottom-up community planning and field data collection. Students will be given a PDA for use in the course and will learn how to use GIS in the PDAs as well as design sophisiticated data entry interfaces.