TVB4105 - Geographic Information for Building Processes


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Portfolio 100/100

Course content

The course provides an introduction to GIS (geographic information system), what infrastructure for geographic information is and how it can be applied and provide benefit in construction processes. There is also an introduction to the collection and use of point clouds, as well as an introduction to the use of Python to automate GIS analyzes.

The course provides insight into available data sets are in the national infrastructure for geographical information in Norway (Geonorge / Norway digital), how these are specified, made available and can be used.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, participants shall independently have:

Knowledge about:

  • Spatial data infrastructures in general
  • The national spatial infrastructure for Norway: the exploitation of the available information in own projects
  • the principles for specification, publication and legal rights part og an SDI
  • how to evaluate own usability of available information and data sets
  • basic GIS prinsiples: global spatial reference systems, cartography and GIS analysis.
  • quality evaluation of the analysis
  • how to represent areal plans in digital form according to accepted specifications
  • how to use areal plans in building projects
  • how to capture and process point-cloud based data

Skills to:

  • identify, download and use information from an SDI
  • represent areal plans in digital form
  • use information from areal plans in building projects
  • use Python scripting for user customization of GIS functionality

General competence:

  • be aware of available spatial information and tools, and know what is relevant for building projects

Learning methods and activities

The course will use lectures, exercises, team work and discussions. The student activities will be concentrated on team-based project work, where CDIO principles are important. Relevant software will be given at start up. Actual software are ArcGIS and QGIS.

Compulsory assignments

  • Oral presentation Learning Outcome
  • Oral presentation paper

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. In addition, two compulsory works must be approved. The portfolio consists of a term report (group work, weighted 53%), 4 individual exercises (weighted in sum to 32%) and 3 multiple choice-tests (weighted in sum to15%). Students will have feedback form teacher on a first version of the report and the exercises before final hand in of portfolio at course end. The portfolio parts will not be graded as parts but will be included in the final grading for the course.

For portfolio graded as fail, an improved portfolio can be handed in. For a re-take of course, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Civil and Environmental Engineering (MIBYGG)

Required previous knowledge

No more than the entrance requirement for the study program

Course materials

Relevant course materiel will be presented at statup.

Actual litterature:

  • Jan Ketil Rød, 2015: GIS - verktøy for å forstå verden. ISBN 978-82-450-1881-3 (norwegian only)
  • Heywood et al, 2011: An Introduction to Geographical Information Systems, fourth edition. ISBN 978-0-273-72259-5

Actual web information on SDI:

  • The European SDI on
  • The Norwegian SDI on (Norwegian only)

Actual information on representation of areal plans:

  • INSPIRE-model, part of Land Use, available from
  • Nasjonale retningslinjer for arealplanlegging, på Kommunal- og moderniseringsdepartementets sider: (Norwegian only)

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Gjøvik

Subject area(s)
  • Geomatics
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Manufacturing and Civil Engineering


Examination arrangement: Portfolio

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Portfolio 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
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