VB6112 - Modeling and use of national geodata


New from the academic year 2020/2021

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 3 hours E

Course content

The course will give theoretical and practical foundation to participate as a professional actor in the use of the Norwegian spatial data infrastructure. The parts of the course are:
- Introduction to the Norwegian spatial data infrastructure, including the technical framework given in SOSI principles
- Conceptual modelling principles for geographical information using the modelling language UML (Unified Modelling Language). Examples of conceptual modelling using EXPRESS/IFC (for building information) and process modelling using BPMN (Business Process Modelling Notation) will be given
- Model Driven Architecture as used in SOSI
- Specification of geographical data according to the SOSI principles
- Relevant formats for geographical information, mainly the SOSI format and XML/GML (Geography Markup Language)
- Quality and usability for geographical information
- Overview over and the use of the content on the Norwegian Spatial data Infrastructure Portal (

The course will also give an overview of relevant international and national standards.

Learning outcome

After finished course the student should
- be able to explain the main principles for the Norwegian Spatial Data Infrastructure
- be able to describe the principles for conceptual modelling of geographic information using UML
- know the main principles for conceptual modelling of building inforamtion using EXPRESS/IFC
- know the main principles for process modelling using BPMN
- know the relevant international and national standard
- know the most commonly used exchange formats for geographic information
- be able to explain how MDA principles are used to define data structures according to conceptual models
- be able to explain data quality, data validation, usability and availability for geographic information.

After finished course the student should
- be able to use the content of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure Portal (
- be able to perform and interpret the results of a quality control of a geographic data set

After finished course the student should the ability to
- critical evaluation of usability and quality of geographic data
- precise written dissemination related to the subject of the course

Learning methods and activities

Class lectures will be recorded and published in the digital learning environment. Prerecorded lectures may also be used.

Student guidance both in classroom and using relevant digital tools available in the digital learning environment.

Two compulsory works required for documentation of skill requirements

Written examination.

Compulsory assignments

  • Approved exercises

Further on evaluation

Two compulsory works must be approved to get admittance to the written exam.

Re-sit of written exam in August. The re-sit exam can be changed from written to oral examination. Compulsory activity from earlier semester can be approved by the department.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Continuing Education, Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology (TKIVTEVU)

Required previous knowledge

No more than entrance requirement for the study program

Course materials

The specific list is given by the start of the course

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Gjøvik

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Manufacturing and Civil Engineering

Department with administrative responsibility
Centre for Continuing Education and Professional Development



Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Written examination 100/100 E
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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