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Geological Information Systems

Course Code: EAES 2851
Faculty: Science & Technology
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Lab
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course will introduce students to the use of computer applications for analysing geological and mining exploration data, and producing a variety of outputs including maps, cross-sections, statistical plots, and others.

Course Content

  • Map production utilizing acquired digital elevation models, and displaying data of various types (topography, geology, geophysics, geochemistry, drilling, land tenure, environment).
  • Public and acquired data sets (acquisition, georeferencing, layer displays).
  • Formatting and processing of exploration data (graphical analysis, gridding, inverting, filtering).
  • Digital terrain models (dtm/dsm/dem, creating dtm using local exploration data).
  • 2D and 3D data display.
  • Contouring and isosurfaces (plotting and analysing data in 2D and 3D, interpolation and prediction).
  • Reserve and resource estimates.
  • Software including:  ArcGIS, Google Earth, Microsoft Excel, GeoSoft Target, Leapfrog Geo, Reflex ioGAS, and others.

Methods of Instruction

This course will utilize lectures and computer labs.

Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy.  The instructor will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester.  Evaluation will be based on the following:

Labs and Assignments                 20 - 40%

Project(s)                                    20 - 30%

Lab exams and term exams         40 - 60%  (none over 30%)

Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing EAES 2851, a student will be able to:

  • Produce maps displaying surface data.
  • Acquire, format and process geological and exploration data.
  • Integrate data from a variety of sources into maps to provide initial area review.
  • Create digital terrain models (DTM).
  • Display data and interpolated / predictive models using 2D and 3D methods.
  • Analyze data to provide input for reserve/resource estimates.

course prerequisites

One of GEOL 1120, or EAES 1120, or GEOG 1120 

And GEOG 2270

Familiarity with operation of a microcomputer, Windows and Microsoft Excel is strongly recommended.

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.