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GIS for Architecture: Get started

About this Guide

This is a guide to finding geospatial data, resources, software and geographic information system (GIS) tutorials. You will find useful information here regarding:

  • Geospatial data (locally, provincially, nationally and globally)
  • Working with various GIS tools
  • Best practices when using GIS

What is GIS?

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a system for the analysis, manipulation and storage of geospatial data. It also acts as a mechanism to define issues, track progress, predict the future, evaluate patterns and understand trends of geospatial data. 

What are the uses of a GIS in Architecture?

Architecture and GIS are connected through applications such as site development planning, inventory of assets, and looking at the impact of your development on natural and built environments. While using a GIS, you can explore real-world scenarios with a high degree of detail and accuracy which can help you organize and visualize your project.

Can I use GIS at home?

Yes, Esri ArcGIS software is available to all UW faculty, researchers, students and staff who use ArcGIS or other Esri software for course work or research. For details on how to access Esri software, please click here

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