Cites are complex and dynamic networks of physical, social and economic interactions. Understanding the varied layers of urban areas such as demography, density, infrastructure, natural spaces, amongst others, can highlight sustainability opportunities and potential risks in the planning, design and management of the high-density spaces in cities. Geographic information systems or GIS combines topographical, ecological, social and economic data to visualise and map geographic spaces.
GIS technicians may assist scientists, land use planners, engineers or related professionals in identifying the spatial needs and challenges of projects. They work predominately in office environments with advanced computer software programs and may travel to the field, if possible, to verify and collect data.
GIS technicians require an extensive understanding of spatial geography and have a sound and practical knowledge of GIS data and design software. They will additionally benefit from:
Design and coordinate the development of GIS databases
Design and prepare graphic representation of GIS data
Perform geospatial data building, modelling or analysis
Provide technical support, maintenance and operation of GIS databases, equipment or applications
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Geographical Information Systems at UCT and UFH
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Geography specialising in Geographic Information Systems at all universities
Diploma, Advanced Diploma, M.Tech in Geomatics at CPUT and TUT
National, provincial and local government.
NGOs, community-based and development organisations.
Architectural engineering firms.
Urban planning organisations.