Technical Drawing, Cartography and Geographic Information System


The course of Technical Design, Cartography and GIS aims to provide and train students with essential tools for the practice of engineering. The Technical Drawing component is essential for engineering design disciplines, while the Cartography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) components are essential for projects where spatial information is crucial, such as environmental impact studies.

It is an eminently practical course using CAD tools and software to support Technical Design and ArcGIS to support the GIS component.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Lia Maldonado Teles de Vasconcelos, Maria Júlia Fonseca de Seixas


Weekly - 4

Total - 71

Teaching language



not applied


- Burrough, R. McDonnel and Christopher D. Lloyd, (2015) Principles of Geographic Information Systems, Oxford University Press. 3rd Edition
- George Omura e Brian C. Benton (2019) Mastering AutoCAD 2019 and AutoCAD LT. Sybex Press
- Paul A. Longley, Michael F. Goodchild, David J. Maguire, David W. Rhind (2010) Geographic Information, Systems and Science, Wiley. 3rd edition
- Luis Veiga da Cunha. Desenho Técnico. Fundação Calouste Gulbenkein
- Ricardo Costa (2018) Desenho Técnico para Arquitetura, Engenharia e Cosntrução, engebooks, Quântica Editora, Porto
- Robinson et al., (1995) Elements of Cartography, 6th Edition. New York: John Wiley & Sons

Teaching method

This course relies on hands-on techniques aiming to turn the student into an active agent in the learning process. He/she is encouraged to solve and explore exercises with a growing level of difficulty, questioning aspects required to accomplish the exercises. In this way the student integrates gradually and in a phased way the supplied and learned materials, consolidating acquired knowledge and creating competences in its use, tutorially supported by the faculty.

In CAD and GIS components, the student develops practical work in class in project format, guided by the teacher.

Evaluation method

The course has 4 evaluation parts:

- 2 tests, one for the Technical Drawing and Cartography component (25%) and another for the GIS component (25%)

- 2 practical assignments, one from the Technical Drawing and Cartography component (25%) and the other from the GIS component (25%)

The final grade is obtained by weighing 50% of the Technical Drawing and Cartography component and 50% of the GIS component.

The UC has attendance obtained by the minimum grade of 9.5 values of the component of practical work AND a minimum of 2/3 of presence in the classes.

Subject matter

1. Technical Design: Descriptive Geometry Objectives. Orthogonal projections. Portuguese and International Standards. Scales and development of projected parts. Reduce / enlarge and convert scales. Views of parts. Buildings: Plant, Elevation and Cut. Applications in CAD.

2. Cartography. Classification of charts. Thematic charts. Scales, planimetric and altimetric details, natural forms of relief. Profiles. Slopes. Flow and runoff. Delimitation of basins. Implementation of works on the ground. Geodesy and geographic coordinate systems. Datum and Geodetic Network: definition and existing systems. Projections. Projection systems.

3. Science and Geographic Information Systems (GI). GI science. GIS data models: raster, vectorial and digital terrain models. Map algebra and applications to environmental engineering. Interpolation methods. Geostatistics: analysis of variograms and kriging. Applications in ArcGIS. New SIG solutions: drones and cloud-based.


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