Anno Accademico 2023/2024

  • Docente: Gabriele Bitelli
  • Crediti formativi: 6
  • SSD: ICAR/06
  • Lingua di insegnamento: Inglese
  • Modalità didattica: Convenzionale - Lezioni in presenza
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Laurea Magistrale in Ingegneria edile-architettura (cod. 5697)

Conoscenze e abilità da conseguire

At the end of the course the student acquires the theoretical and operational knowledge for the processing of data in Geographic Information Systems (applications in the environmental field, networks and infrastructures, urban systems, risk management) and for the use of digital satellite images for mapping , monitoring and governing the territory (both in urban areas and infrastructures and at the basin and regional level).


The course deals with the modern Geomatics methods for mapping and monitoring urban and regional environments, focusing on professional aspects and technological innovation.

The topics will be treated in a way that allows them to be understood even by students without a specific background on the subject. All the main arguments will be discussed by the theoretical aspects and with practical computer exercises, using Open Source software.


A first part of the course is dedicated to the review of the main topics of surveying and mapping, geodetic-cartographic reference systems and basic data analysis procedures for geospatial data, role of spatial positioning (GNSS/GPS) in establishing global reference systems.


Airborne and Terrestrial Laser Scanning for 3D City Models and 3D survey of structures and infrastructures:

- technological issues: main types and characteristics of airborne systems and terrestrial instruments (laser scanners for applications in Architecture and Civil Engineering, triangulators, light projection scanners);
- methods and phases for data processing of pointclouds and meshes;
- final products for territorial and building scale applications;
- examples of data acquisition and processing, practical exercises.

Earth Observation / Remote Sensing, use of satellite imagery and derived products:

- characteristics of multispectral satellite sensors;
- main spatial missions;
- processing of single or combined bands;
- derivation of indices;
- image classification for Land Use - Land Cover thematic maps;
- the European Copernicus Program and related Services;
- practical examples, by exercises, of Remote Sensing applications for urban and environmental applications and risk management.

Geographical Information Systems (GIS):

- context and evolution;
- main data structures and data categories;
- organizational aspects;
- fundamentals of GIS-based data analysis for Decision Support at regional and urban level;
- main functionalities and applications, practical examples by exercises.

A crowdmapping activity (Mapathon) on a Web platform, based on the use of satellite images, will be organized in the framework of an international event (topics: risk management and sustainability, rapid mapping for humanitarian purposes).



Scientific literature will be provided in digital format, together with main slides and notes from the lessons. Virtuale didactic platform will be used.

Further bibliographic references:

- Tolpekin V., Stein A.: "The core of GIScience: a systems-based approach", University of Twente, 2012

- Burrough P.A., McDonnell R.A., LLoyd C.D.: "Principles of Geographical Information Systems", Oxford University Press, 2015

- Weng Q.: "Techniques and Methods in Urban Remote Sensing", Wiley, 2020

- Holdstock D.: "Strategic GIS planning and management in local government", CRC Press, 2017

- Konecny G.: "Geoinformation: Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry and Geographic Information Systems", 2nd ed., CRC Press, 2014

Metodi didattici

The Virtuale didactic platform is used to provide all the didactic material.

The lectures will be supplemented with practical exercises using preferably open-source software packages.
These activities are structured so that during each session students will be able to produce practical solutions to the theoretical problems outlined during lectures.

Modalità di verifica e valutazione dell'apprendimento

The examination at the end of the course is in written form (open and closed questions) with eventual short oral integration, and aims to assess the achievement of the learning objectives.

Strumenti a supporto della didattica

Lectures are supported by projected slides and multimedia tools.

A part of the course is pursued through practical exercises, carried out on the personal computer of the student by software (mainly open-source) provided by the teacher.

Orario di ricevimento

Consulta il sito web di Gabriele Bitelli


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