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Module 11: 3D-GIS in Spatial Planning

25.07.2022 - 29.07.2022 Location: GB III, Room 3.310 (lecture) | GB III, PC-Pool 3.335 (exercise)
© Tobias Küster-Campioni


With the improvements in GIS technology, computer performance as well as data availability, the development and application of 3D city models is gaining wide attention in environmental and spatial planning. The course provides knowledge about raster-based 3D GIS analyses using 3D GIS data (e.g. SRTM, ATKIS-DGM, laser scanning) with regard to energy management, landscape protection and urban planning.

First, concepts for creating Digital Terrain Models (DTM) and Digital Surface Models (DSM) are trained. The handling and the work with important geodata for the construction of 3D building models, 3D city and landscape models, as well as laser scanning data are trained. The second focus of the course is to teach geoprocessing methods for 3D analysis and 3D visualization using ArcGIS Pro. The use of mobile and stationary laser scanning equipment of the Faculty of Spatial Planning is also taught.

After the course, a graded assignment of 30 hours has to be completed by the students. The knowledge gains of the seminar enable the participants to independently carry out 3D GIS analysis methods in spatial planning.

Note: This exercise is limited to 20 students. The registration process for all courses takes place at the end of the previous semester. Information and deadlines are announced on the department homepage and via e-mail.

Exam: Partial exam (graded)
Type of exam: Student assignment
The partial exam requires the active participation of the students. This includes in particular oral and written contributions to the discussion.

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Location & approach

The TU Dort­mund campus is located near the Dort­mund West interchange, where the A45 Sauerland line crosses the B1/A40 Ruhr expressway. The Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen exit on the A45 leads to the South Cam­pus, while the Dort­mund-Dorstfeld exit on the A40 leads to the North Cam­pus. Coming from the A45, you can turn onto Stockumer Straße via Universitätsstraße. This in turn is connected to Baroper Straße, along which Cam­pus South extends. If you take the exit of the A-40, the route via Emil-Figge Straße, Marie-Curie Allee to Baroper Straße is appropriate. If you turn from Baroper Straße into Au­gust-Schmidt Straße, you have the opportunity to reach the parking lot directly behind the GB III.

The South Cam­pus is connected via Stockumerstraße by bus lines 440 and 449, which run every 10 minutes. Cam­pus South can be reached on foot from the Am Gardenkamp stop, and the Eichlinghofen H-Bahn station is also located near the Eichlinghofen stop. The bus lines connect to the U42 light rail line at the Barop Parkhaus stop, which provides connections to the Dort­mund-Hombruch district and Dort­mund downtown. 

From Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen, the South Cam­pus is connected to the H-Bahn network via the Eichlinghofen H-Bahn station. Line 1 runs here every 10 minutes, and the South Cam­pus is served by the Cam­pus Süd stop. 
A connection to Cam­pus North is also provided. Line 2 shuttles between Cam­pus North and Cam­pus South every 5 minutes.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

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The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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