GIS Fundamentals Workshop Series

The Clemson Center for Geospatial Technologies (CCGT) is excited to offer a series of introductory GIS workshops! These free workshops are designed to help students acquire GIS skills that are in demand for research and the job market. During the hands-on workshops, you will master a variety of fundamental GIS concepts and tasks as well as specialized analysis tools and data usage. 


  • Participants can take one, several, or all of the workshops

  • Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance if they attend of all of the workshops


These workshops are free and open to all Clemson students, staff, and faculty in any major or department! 


Introduction to GIS    

Here is your chance to get started with GIS. You will learn basic functionality and applications in environmental engineering. Topics covered include GIS data formats, basic database management, display and symbology, navigation, tools, and basic cartographic principles. You will be creating your own first map!

GIS Data Creation and Management   

Learn how to import external data sources into GIS, including tabular data, images, photos, and spreadsheets. Create from scratch GIS vector data in your own geodatabase. Learn the basics of projections and coordinate systems.

Working with Tabular Data in GIS    

Master how to geocode tabular data based on descriptive geographic fields, such as addresses or zip codes. Other topics include working with tabular and spatial queries, as well as joins.

Basic Spatial Analysis   

Do you want to calculate the average distance between coal mines and the nearest river? Learn how spatial analysis tools are used to solve geographic problems. You will explore several analysis methods such as buffers and overlay.

Intermediate Spatial Analysis   

Continue on building your spatial analysis skills by learning more advanced analyses, such as terrain analysis tools like aspect and slope, raster overlay methods, how to perform interpolation of numerical data and combine several processing tools to delineate a watershed.

Introduction to Spatial Statistics   

Gain a deeper understanding of your data by examining distributions, patterns, and relationships in spatial data. Learn tools for how to identify if clusters and statistical hot-spots are present in the data.

Efficient Field Data Collection with GIS   

Gather hands-on experience on ways to use smartphones and tablets in the field to accurately and efficiently collect data. You can bring your own iOS or Android device.

Data Visualization & Analytics with Tableau  

Gain a thorough introduction to data analysis and visual design in Tableau, and learn how to build interactive dashboards and stories with your tabular data.

Cloud Mapping and Story Maps    

Explore the capabilities of GIS in a browser for mapping and data analysis and for easily sharing interactive maps on the web. Learn how to use customizable web applications to craft a multimedia-rich, visually appealing story map, which is a powerful communication tool. Embed the results of the workshop on your own website or blog or share on social media.

3D LiDAR Applications in GIS 

Learn how to create and manage 3D LiDAR point cloud datasets in GIS and derive high-resolution elevation models for spatial analysis.


Practice LiDAR data applications to real-world problems, such as performing viewshed analysis and automated watershed delineation.

Drones for Geospatial Applications

Learn how UAV’s can be used as a geospatial data collection platform and how terrestrial LiDAR scanning is performed.


Perform hands-on data processing to turn pictures from a UAV into 3D point clouds and aerial photos.