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GIS Technologies

Postgraduate course. Semi-distance.


UPC School

This postgraduate course can be attended as part of the master's degree Geographical Information Systems.

A Geographic Information System is an integrated set of pieces forming a whole: hardware, tools and geographic data. The tools are designed to capture, store, analyze and display geographically referenced information. Today, this information is key because it is a strategic asset that provides knowledge and added value to organizations today. The emergence of new information and communications technology has led to the development of new applications and new ways of understanding and managing our environment.

To make the operation does not use a single graphical tool but despite working primarily with ArcGIS, the goal is to convey concepts clearly and allow the student to use the various tools on the market either (QGIS, gvSIG Geomedia ....).

Using CartoDB, MapBox, and MapZen Mapillary, students publish and display data from various sources, for example, those from social networks. To do this you need to know to access data sources, visualization techniques and the different possibilities of new platforms for publishing maps. Techniques and services that will be learned during the course, will be generated quickly and easily customized maps via the web.

Many businesses have less than 100m? Where is the nearest gas station? What is the fastest way to get there? All these questions will be answered by the students of this module, as they will be able to create and deploy a web application functionality geolocation learning to work with OSM Overpass and routing.

The postgraduate GIS Technologies wants to teach students to make it all the way for the creation of a GIS from the beginning, that is, starting from the origin and creation of graphical data, through the exploitation and analysis these data with suitable tools and reaching creating WEB GIS applications. At the end of the course the student will be able to publish and visualize data from many different sources such as from social networks.


  • Distinguish between different sources of information and graphic formats (vector, raster, AutoCAD, shape, ....).
  • Using various tools on the market for both work mapping (MicroStation) and exploit information (ArcGIS, QGIS) and view the web (learning to make websites with HTML, CSS and Javascript).
  • Ability to capture or from the load data to generate a result (thematic maps, prints, reports).
  • Provide basic knowledge of programming.
  • Create small websites where present GIS solution designed.
  • Make applications for the web display of data.
  • Configure server coverage.

Who is it for

  • University graduates in social areas such as economics, geography, politics, etc.
  • University graduates in scientific and technological fields as physical and environmental sciences.
  • Geographers, surveyors, archaeologists, geologists, ...
  • Business managers, directors of strategy and entrepreneurs who want to explore new business opportunities in this area.
  • Architects and technical engineers.
  • Engineers of roads, canals and ports and technical engineers of public works.
  • Industrial engineers of different specializations.
  • Telecommunications and computer engineers and technical specialties.
  • Technical areas of management and administration of the territory, public or private.
  • Any professional who wants to work with data that are composing geospatial.



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.


The postgraduate course programme is organized into the following modules. If you don't wish to take the entire postgraduate course you can sign on one or several modules.

Fuentes, Organización y Explotación de Datos Gráficos

Lifelong learning course semi-distance. Start date: 16/10/2017. Barcelona


Origin and Data Sources; Cartography
3 ECTS. 18 teaching hours.
  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems.
  • Introduction to cartography, coordinate systems, reference systems and exixting data formats. Basics 2D. Data input accuracy.
  • Review and adaptation mapping from the CAD.
Análisis de Datos Geoespaciales en un Sistema de Información: Herramientas
5 ECTS. 44 teaching hours.
  • ArcGIS model. Cartographic display.
  • Interpretation of data using symbols.
  • Presentation of results: layouts, graphs and reports.
  • Analysis with ArcMap.
  • Structuring information - geodatabases.
  • QGIS: visualization, analysis and exploitation of data graphs.
  • Geomedia: visualization, analysis and exploitation of graphical data.
Introduction to Databases and GIS Programming Environments
6 ECTS. 40 teaching hours.
  • General concepts of programming and databases.
  • Hello World !, your first website: HTML and CSS.
  • Variables and constraints: basic JavaScript operations.
  • Loops and Arrays: how to turn elements.
  • How to insert an object Google Maps.
  • HTML semantics: meaning each item. Fences by address or location. Hello jQuery.
  • CSS Advanced: generalization of items. Markers maps.
  • How to integrate with external elements?
GIS Internet Technologies
10 ECTS. 72 teaching hours.
  • Introduction to server coverage and OGC.
  • Webmaping ¿ Software: client and server. MNU installation.
  • Display WMS: Leaflet, cesium 3D GoogleMaps and QGIS.
  • Creation of Mashupps. Lealfet.
  • Creation of Mashupps. Cesium 3D.
  • Creating Mashups. GoogleMaps.
  • Examples with advanced Leaflet.
  • SDI and other emerging technologies.
The UPC School reserves the right to modify the contents of the programme, which may vary in order to better accommodate the course objectives.

Management & Faculty

Academic management

  • Guimet Masó, Anna
    Licenciada en Económicas por la UPF, Máster en Sistemas de Información Geográfica por la FPC. Técnica de la Unidad de Sistemas de Información Geográfica al Departamento de Agricultura de la Generalitat (DAAM). Coordinadora desde el 2010 de los módulos tecnológicos y profesora de Herramientas SIG (ArcGIS, QGIS y gvSIG).

Teaching staff

  • Farriol Vilà, Ferran
    Licenciado en Ciencias Ambientales por la UdG, máster en Sistemas de Información Geográfica por la UPC, posgrado en Gobierno Electrónico por la UPF, y máster en Alta Función Directiva por la EAPC. Se inició en el mundo del SIG como técnico en el Centro de Estudios del Transporte de la Mediterránea Occidental (CETMO). Posteriormente, y durante 8 años, desplegó y gestionó el SIG corporativo del Ayuntamiento de Castellar del Vallès. Actualmente en el Consorcio AOC es Jefe de Proyectos Organizativos y responsable del Servicio Geolocal, que fomenta la generación e intercambio de geoinformación.
  • Guimet Masó, Anna
    Licenciada en Económicas por la UPF, Máster en Sistemas de Información Geográfica por la FPC. Técnica de la Unidad de Sistemas de Información Geográfica al Departamento de Agricultura de la Generalitat (DAAM). Coordinadora desde el 2010 de los módulos tecnológicos y profesora de Herramientas SIG (ArcGIS, QGIS y gvSIG).
  • Lamas López, Carlos
    Responsable del departamento SIG de T-Systems Iberia. Director técnico en Scan Print, S.L. (del 2000 al 2004). Director técnico en Altek Systems, S.A.(del 1996 al 2000). Responsable de producción cartográfica en Adhoc Synectic Systems, S.A. (del 1988 al 1992).
  • Manzanera Aparicio, Sergio
    Ingeniero Informático. Cofundador y director de desarrollo de Whakoom, Arquitecto de Software especializado en desarrollo web orientado a alto rendimiento.
  • Pascual Ayats, Victor
    Licenciado en Geografía por la Universidad de Girona con más de 20 años de experiencia en programación en SIG. Trabaja en el ICGC (Instituto Cartográfico y Geológico de Catalunya) en el Área de GeoTecnologías dentro del grupo de innovación GeoStart.

General information

24 ECTS (166 teaching hours)
Start date
Classes start:16/10/2017Classes end:12/02/2018Programme ends: 28/02/2018
Monday  17:00 to 21:00Wednesday  17:00 to 21:00
Taught at
Tech Talent Center
C/ de Badajoz, 73-77
Telephone: (34) 93 114 80 23
Postgraduate diplomas issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Issued pursuant to art. 34.1 of Organic Law 4/2007 of 12 April, amending Organic Law 6/2001 of 21 December, concerning Universities. 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.

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Virtual Campus
The students on this Postgraduate 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
3.000 €
The registration fee must be paid before the beginning of this Postgraduate 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.


Language of instruction
Payment of enrolment fee
The enrolment fee can be paid:
- In a single payment to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme
- In two instalments:
  • 60% of the amount payable, to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme
  • Remaining 40% to be paid up 10 days before the starting date of the programme

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