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Lecture 2-3, Jan.

26 and 28, 2004

GIS Data Models

Vector Data Models Vector File Formats Raster Data Models Raster File Formats

Data Abstraction
To use GIS the real world must be abstracted into points, lines, polygons, raster cells, and attribute values Class examples may use common object that most people will understand. If you understand how to abstract common objects you will be able to apply the same method to object in your field

What is Vector Data

Vector Data uses Points and their (X,Y) coordinates to represent spatial features Points, Lines and Polygons

A point is a 0 dimensional object and has only the property of location (x,y) Points can be used to Model features such as a well, building, power, pole, sample location ect. Other name for a point are vertex, node, 0cell

A line is a one-dimensional object that has the property of length Lines can be used to represent road, streams, faults, dikes, maker beds, boundary, contacts etc. Lines are also called an edge, link, chain, arc, 1cell In an ArcInfo coverage an arc starts with a node, has zero or more vertices, and ends with a node

Figure 4.3 p58 Bernhardsen

A polygon is a two-dimensional object with properties of area and perimeter A polygon can represent a city, geologic formation, dike, lake, river, ect. Other name for polygons face, zone 2-cell Scale matters

Data Abstraction Discussion

If you do not understand this the rest of GIS will not make sense Scale Matters Intended use Matters

Trees Dikes Roads Rivers

A set of rules on how objects relate to each other Major difference in file formats Higher level objects have special topology rules

Topology Definition
The Science of mathematics of relationships used to validate the geometry of vector entities, and for operations such as network tracing and tests of polygon adjacency. The study of geometric properties that do not change when the forms are bent, stretched or under go similar geometric transformations.

Figure 2-9 GIS Fundamentals, Bolstad

Planer Enforcement

Why Topology Matters

Error Detection open polygons unlabeled polygons slivers polygons that cannot exist next to each other Network Modeling

Show Placitas
Arc Node Topology
Cover# Lpoly# and Rpoly# Tnode fnode

Label errors

Higher Level Object

Regions Networks TIN Triangulated irregular network Dynamic Segmentation

Overlapping areas with different attributes Fire history Disconnected areas with the same attributes Hawaii

Road systems, power grids, water supply sewerage systems, drainage network Continuous connected networks Rules for displacement in a network Attribute value accumulations due to displacements

Vector Surface Model Triangulated Irregular Network A set of nonoverlapping triangles each with a constant gradient A TIN can honor original input elevations

Dynamic Segmentation
Combines a line coverage with a linear reference system Has event tables for point events and linear events

Fig 3.13 p52 Chang

Examples and Demo

Shape Files
Nontopological Advantages no overhead to process topology Disadvantages polygons are double digitized, no topologic data checking 3 files .shp .shx .dbf

Original ArcInfo Format Directory With Several Files Database Files are stored in the Info Directory Uses Arc Node Topology
Planer Enforcement Connectivity Adjacency

New GIS Format at ArcGIS 8.0 Two Types
Personal Geodatabase
Microsoft access 2000 database

SDE GeoDatabase
Multi-user Can connect to many RDBMS Oracle, SQL server, Informix File are stored in the format native to the RDBMS

Box 3.5 Geographic Information Systems, Chang 04 p. 55

Shapes are similar to shape files Object-oriented model not a Geo-relational There are 25 topology rules than can be used to relate different layers

Raster Data Model

Figure 3:1 Getting Started with Geographic Information Systems, Clarke (2003) p. 91

Grid Properties
Each Grid Cell holds one value even if it is empty. A cell can hold an index standing for an attribute. Cell resolution is given as its size on the ground. Point and Lines move to the center of the cell. Minimum line width is one cell. Rasters are easy to read and write, and easy to draw on the screen.

Raster Pyramids
With out pyramids the entire raster must be read for each screen draw Pyramids store reduced resolution dataset files .rrd to increase the speed of screen draws When you add a raster to ArcMap if pyramids do not exist you can create them

Raster Resampling
Nearest Neighbor
Closest cell Continuous and Discrete data

Bilinear interpolation
Average of nearest 4 cells Continuous data only

Cubic Convolution
Average of nearest 16 cells Continuous data only

Quad Tree Compression

May be use to get variable resolution for imagery in the National Map

Figure 4.35 Geographic Information Systems and Introduction, Bernhardsen (2001), p. 87

C. Dana Tomlin, Geographic Information Systems and Cartographic Modeling (1990), P. 44

Yes raster is faster, but raster is vaster, and vector just seems more corrector

Images are a form of raster data

ArcGIS can use many common image formats

Industry Standard Data Models

Some Industries have created standard data models It is a good idea to use a standard model to promote sharing of data Some data models can be very complex Complex models require custom tools to be useful

Getting Started with Geographic Information Systems 4th Edition, Clark (2003) Geographic Information Systems an Introduction 3rd Edition, Bernhardsen (2002) Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 2nd Edition, Chang (2004) GIS Fundamentals, Bolstad (2002) ArcGIS 8.3 Desktop Help Using GRID with ArcInfo version 7 ESRI