Introduction to Topographic Mapping and GIS

(Course Code: 329Υ, Course outline)

Semester: 3 Teaching Credits: 2 ECTS Credits: 5 Type:


Prerequisite Courses: Introduction to Computer Science Course type: General background Instructor: Kontos Themistoklis

Management of environmental information of geographical space by creating a geometric framework to curry in its element this information which is collected by sensors located in land, aerial, space and other platforms using various topographic and remote sensing methods. Also presentation of this information in thematic maps and use these maps as a background / foreground for environmental applications.

Topics per Week:

Lectures and Laboratories are performed in the following sequence:


1. Introduction to Topographic mapping, specifications, Geometry of coordinates CoGo (Intersection).

2. Geometry of coordinates CoGo (Traversing, stadia and theodolite mapping)

3. Design and reproduction of thematic and topographic map

4. Construction of a hydrographic map

5. Reference Systems, Projections, Digital mapping and GIS

6. Digital mapping and GIS

7. Digital Terrain Models DTM/DEM

8. Map interpretation, map algebra

9. Map algebra

10. Global Positioning systems – GPS

11. Introduction to Photogrammetry

12. Introduction to Remote Sensing

13. New Technologies

Lab assignements

Lab Exercise 1: Processing of field data, Computation of intersection

Lab Exercise 2: Traverse adjustment by compass rule

Lab Exercise 3: Topographic map design

Lab Exercise 4: Hydrographic map design

Lab Exercise 5: Digitizing a topographic map

Lab Exercise 6: Generation of DTM/DEM, perspective view, automatic contour drawing

Lab Exercise 7: Map reading(coordinates, distances, areas and volumes).

Lab Exercise 8: GPS surveys.

Lab Exercise 9: Preparation of field sampling (alignment in a straight line, perpendicularity, slope, distance) 

Lab Exercise 10: Reading and interpretation of a topographic map

Theory – Lectures
(hours / week)
2. Lectures are part of the Lab with mandatory presence
Exercises – Laboratories
(hours / week)
2. Mandatory presence.
Other Activities:  –
Grading: Lab-Exercizes 30%.

Final exam 70%.

Notes: In electronic form on the web Vista.
Basic Textbook:
  • John N. Hatzopoulos, (2012) “Geospatial Topographia (in Greek), Giolas Publisher, Thessaloniki, pages: 970.
Bibliography: -Tor Bernhardsen, Geographic Information Systems: An Introduction, 3rd Edition, 0-471-41968-0, John Wiley & Sons publishers 2002.
-Michael DeMers, Fundamentals of GIS, 3rd Edition, 0-471-20491-9, John Wiley & Sons publishers, 2004.
ESRI, David E. Davis (author), (2000), «GIS for Everyone, Second Edition», ISBN 1-879102-91-9, σελίδες 196.
-Charles D. Ghilani, Paul R. Wolf, 2008, “Elementary surveying: an introduction to geomatics”, Prentice Hall.
Goodchild M. F., B. O. Parks, L. T. Steyaert, (1993), «Environmental Modeling with GIS», Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508007-6, σελίδες 488.
-John Harmon and Steven Anderson, The Design and Implementation of Geographic Information Systems, 0-471-20488-9, John Wiley & Sons publishers, 2003.
-Hatzopoulos J. N., 2008, “Topographic Mapping: Covering the wider field of Geospatial Information Science & Technology (GIS&T)”, ISBN 1-58112-988-6, Universal Publishers, 740 pp.
Κουτσόπουλος Κ., (2002), «Γεωγραφικά Συστήματα Πληροφοριών και Ανάλυση Χώρου», Εκδόσεις Παπασωτηρίου, ΙSBN 960-7530-20-9, σελίδες 400.
-Λιβιεράτος Ε., (1988), «Γενική Χαρτογραφία και Εισαγωγή στη Θεματική Χαρτογραφία», Εκδόσεις Ζήτη, ISBN 960-431-649-4, σελίδες 216.
-Μανιάτης Γ., 1996. Γεωγραφικά συστήματα πληροφοριών γης – κτηματολογίου, Εκδόσεις Ζητή.
-David F. Maune, PhD, CP, Editor, Digital Elevation Model Technologies & Applications, 2nd Ed. ISBN 1-57083-082-7, Published by John Wiley & Sons, 2007.
Morrall L., (1990), «GIS Development and application».
H. Todd Mowrer, Russell G. Congalton, Editors Quantifying Spatial Uncertainty in Natural Resources: Theory and Applications for GIS and Remote Sensing, 1-57504-131-6 Published by Ann Arbor Press, 2000.
-David O’Sullivan and David Unwin, Geographic Information Analysis, 0-471-21176-1, John Wiley & Sons Publishers, 2002.
Παρασχάκης Ι., Παπαδοπούλου Μ., Πατιάς Π., 1998. Αυτοματοποιημένη χαρτογραφία, Εκδόσεις Ζητή 271 σελίδες.
Shunji Murai, 1998. GIS work book, CD, JARS.
-Jeff Thurston, Thomas Poiker, J. Patrick Moore, Integrated Geospatial Technology: A Guide to GPS, GIS and Data Logging, 0-471-24409-0, John Wiley & Sons publishers, 2003.

The course is taught in Greek. For exchange students, English literature is proposed and examinations are given in English.

Internet Links:  

Peter H. Dana, Department of Geography, University of Texas at Austin Send mail to: 
U.S. Geological Survey, 
– surfaces/DATUM.txt 
– , Πρόγραμμα Coord_Gr, έκδοση 1.6, 2002
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