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GIS and City Management

Lifelong learning course. Semi-distance.


UPC School

This lifelong learning course can be attended as part of the master's degree Geographical Information Systems or as part of the postgraduate course Territorial applications for GIS.

The GIS (Geographical Information Systems) is an organized integration of hardware, software and geographic data designed to capture, store, analyze and display geographically referenced information. In the society we live in, this information is important because it is a strategic asset that provides knowledge and added value to organizations today. These technologies include exceptional abilities to work the land, offer new ways of understanding and managing our environment.

The implementation of geoinformation ie GIS requires the modernization of systems and teams from all types of organizations dedicated to spatial planning, urban planning and local management. The aim of the course is the training and reorientation of professionals related to the management and territory, and the local municipal or others requiring incorporate new Geographic Information Technologies (GIT).

The course combines the approach to the bases of study, case studies and workshops on implementation of GIS methods and computer techniques, aimed at improving the management and organization of territorial information, geoinformation municipal treatment and management

Students work to build descriptors, indicators and analysis parameters from advanced experiences in local management linked open data and new concepts of Smart City among others. Also in application workshops: Analysis and Strategies geolocation, Geomarketing and mobility. Cus used in different platforms such Arcgis Geoomedia and others.

As a distinguishing feature from other courses the high performance of practical learning that provides a good level of work autonomy and good technical training to meet skills level in GIS geospatial data integration in the world of company creation consulting projects or implementation of GIS, studies and documents based territorial management, urban planning or implementation of local GIS.

The teaching staff has extensive experience in implementing GIS projects in industry and government projects as proved developed at the Laboratory of Virtual Modelling of the city's GIS area.

The student acquires computer skills and skills applying basic concepts, guidelines and components to create effective GIS project in this line


  • Skill in the use of GIS programs specifically suited to generate proposals for study of the local management.
  • Provide a good knowledge of advanced mapping formats 3D visualization.
  • Develop strategies Geolocation examples, and mobility Geomarketing.
  • Ability to learn, modify and generate new ideas in a creative and dynamic model.

Who is it for

  • Computer technicians or higher.
  • Architects, Planners, Landscape Architects and Construction Engineers.
  • Engineers, Civil Enginers Geomatics and Topography.
  • Industrial engineers of different specializations.
  • Telecommunications and computer engineers and their technical specialties.
  • Geographers, archaeologists, geologists.
  • Degree and diploma holders in social areas such as economics, geography, politics, etc.
  • Degree and diploma holders in scientific and technological fields as physical sciences and environmental.
  • Responsible business strategy managers and entrepreneurs who want to explore new business opportunities in this field.
  • Professionals working in management and administration of the territory, the public or private sector.
  • Any professional who wants to work with data with geospatial component.



The program is realized in the form of distance learning. Students held several workshops and practical classes will be compulsory and graded. For the implementation of practices outside the classroom, students have support manuals and assistance from teachers.


Local GIS
7 ECTS. 60 teaching hours.
  • Introduction to Smart Cities
  • Experiences and case studies.
  • Definition, bases, descriptors and parameters of the city.
  • Workshop Application: Calculation of indicators in the urban Arcgis
  • Experiences advanced local management:
    • SIGT engine of transparency, resilience and SmartCity.
    • Or projects and new initiatives to open data.
  • Workshop application: Preparation of databases for analysis in the GIS center of a local Arcgis
    • Or treatment cadastral data, planning and other data sources open.
    • Or representation of results in maps and 3D volumes.


Localisation and Geo-marketing
3 ECTS. 15 teaching hours.
  • Introduction to the use of GIS in the field of geolocation and in Geomarketing Geoomedia.
  • Workshop application: Analysis and Strategies geolocation and mobility

Management & Faculty

Academic management

  • Garcia Almirall, Pilar

Academic coordination

  • Biere Arenas, Rolando

Teaching staff

  • Atienza Gatnau, Blanca
  • Bonmati Perez, Marga
    Computer Engineering from the UPC. ICT Area Director of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. He was head of Systems and Information Technology and Communication at El Prat de Llobregat City Hall, where the unit "GIS and Information Base" is included and where more than fifteen years working in construction, maintenance and operation of the graphic and cartographic information, mapificación and link with the municipal databases. Head of the City of Plano and Municipal GIS projects lately also on mobile devices and Open Source technologies.
  • Fornons Castellarnau, Josep
  • Herrera Valencia, Joan Ignasi
  • Valls Dalmau, Francisco

General information

10 ECTS (75 teaching hours)
Start date
Classes start:27/03/2017Classes end:17/05/2017Programme ends: 16/06/2017
Monday  17:00 to 21:00Wednesday  17:00 to 21:00
Taught at
Tech Talent Center
C/ de Badajoz, 73-77
08005 Barcelona
Telephone: (34) 93 114 80 23
Lifelong learning diploma issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. To obtain this degree it is necessary to have an official or recognized university degree equivalent to a bachelor's degree or diploma. Otherwise, the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya will only award them a a certificate of completion.

In the case of having a foreign degree check here.
Virtual Campus
The students on this Lifelong learning course will have access to the My_Tech_Space virtual campus, an effective work and communication platform for students, lecturers and course directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space allows students to find background material for their classes, to work in teams, ask their lecturers questions, consult their marks, etc.
Employment service
Students can access job offers in their field of specialisation on the My_Tech_Space virtual campus. Applications made from this site will be treated confidentially. Hundreds of offers appear annually of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development Employment service .The offers range from formal contracts to work placement agreements.
Registration fee
1.350 €
The registration fee must be paid before the beginning of this Lifelong learning course.
See the section Discounts, loans and financial aid for possibilities of advantageous financing conditions.

Applicants are given the option of making a voluntary €5 contribution when formalising their enrolment. As part of the UPC's 0.7% Campaign, this donation will go towards meeting charitable needs in developing countries.


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