Tarendra Lakhankar

  • The City College of New York
  • Department of Civil Engineering
  • Spring 2022

Course Description: In this course students will learn how to use the underlying concepts of Geographic Information Systems for problems in Water Resources engineering. We will start with a review of the basic concepts of GIS, such as the use Coordinate systems, projections, data concepts, and geographic references. After refreshing this knowledge we will apply these concepts to typical hydrologic tasks, such as Terrain modeling, watershed delineation, computation and extraction of river and watershed networks including spatial analysis computations. Once we have mastered that the course will also introduce some modeling concepts and expand on the integration of time series and geospatial data in general. We will also add some components that address remote sensing data products and their analysis within the GIS environment. The course will be rounded out with some special topics related to challenges that remain for geospatial information systems, such as data heterogeneity, data about data (metadata), and how one can search best for data.

DateLectures / Presentations (45-60 minutes)Class (5:30 – 8:00 PM)Activities (Lab and Research Project)Homework
3 Feb 2022Lecture 1: Course Introduction and GIS ApplicationIn-Person T-424Introduction of Software & InstallationHomework 1
10 Feb 2022Lecture 2: Introduction to GIS and ArcMapOnlineLab: Mapping World Data 
17 Feb 2022Lecture 3: GIS Data Sources for Water ResourcesIn-Person T-424Lab: Mapping USA data
Lab: Mapping Lat/Long data
24 Feb 2022Lecture 4: Coordinate Systems and Map ProjectionsOnlineLab: Elevation DataHomework 2
3 Mar 2022Lecture 5: Spatial Analysis & Raster CalculationsIn-Person T-424Research Project Selection 
10 Mar 2022Lecture 6: Watershed & Network DelineationsOnlineLab: Watershed Delineations 
17 Mar 2022Lecture 7: Remote Sensing in Water ResourcesIn-Person T-424Lab: Downloading Remote Sensing data 
24 Mar 2022Lecture 8: Hydrological Network AnalysisOnlineLab: Data Interpolation 
31 Mar 2022Lecture 9: Arc Hydro for Water ResourcesIn-Person T-424Lab: Model Builder Map Delineation HW2 
7 Apr 2022Project ReviewOnline  
14 Apr 2022Lecture 10: Remote Sensing and Raster AnalysisIn-Person T-424Lab: Extract Vegetation, Water, & Soil IndicesHomework 3
21 Apr 2022No Class (Spring Break)  No Class (Spring Break) 
28 Apr 2022Lecture 11: Water Infrastructure & ObservationsOnlineLab: Water Quality Data Interpolation 
5 May 2022Lecture 12: Intro to HEC-HMS and HEC-RASOnlineLab: Hydrological Simulation using HEC-HMS (Data) 
12 May 2022Group Research Project PresentationIn-Person T-424  
19 May 2022Final ExaminationIn-Person T-424  

Arc Hydro for water resources

Grading:  Final Exam 30% The final exam will be a take home exam that will be handed out during the last class and be due one week later.
Homeworks 20% The homeworks are due either 1 or 2 weeks after they have been assigned. No late HW!
Lab Assignments 15% Lab Activities to perform GIS mapping based on data provided
Project 35% By 17th March 2022, you need to submit a proposal for the term project. This is mandatory! No proposal no class.
Project PPT 25Pts These will be scheduled during the 12th May class and be organized by the students.
Project Report 65Pts You will need to submit the project Report at the day of PPTs.
Project EVA 10Pts You will be asked to participate in the evaluation of your fellow classmates PPTs.

CCNY Covid Policy

  • Students reporting a severe illness will be reported to the college, and per college policy, will not be permitted to return to campus until they receive a negative COVID test result from a CUNY test center.
  • Students who have an unavoidable and serious emergency or severe illness that prevents them from attending a required class period, or submitting an assignment, exam, project, etc. on the day it was due, will not be penalized provided that they provide official documentation that excuses them. The documentation may be reviewed by Dean, and must justify the student’s absence for the required class period or their inability to submit work on the day it was due.