CEG8513 : Hydroinformatic Systems Development

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The aim of this module is to provide the skills and technology that underlie the construction of hydroinformatic systems. The module will utilise a range of software tools that will allow participants to design and construct hydroinformatic tools to support state-of-the-art hydrological and hydraulic concepts.

Summary of the module:-

Introduction to HSD;
Hydroinformatic Tools;
Excel as a GIS, Database, Modelling and Visualisation Toolkit;
Catchment Information Systems –The CHASM project and the EDEN DTC Programme;
Excel as a GIS, Database, Modelling and Visualisation Toolkit;
Lecture on Spatial and Temporal Data AnalysisGPS Mapping and data integration;
GIS part 1- introduction to ArcGIS;
GIS part 2 Advanced ArcGIS;
More Programming languages - PYTHON and R
Advanced Spatial and Temporal Mapping Systems;
Creating a Catchment Information System;
Lecture on Visualisation;
The internet and creating web pages;
Access databaseand integration with GIS;
GIS on the web;
Web tools and cloud computing;
Virtual observatory;
Advanced Hydroinformatic Systems;
Coursework assignments.

Outline Of Syllabus


Introduction to Hydroinformatic Systems development: the course philosophy
Review of modelling in excel and using Visual basic for Application
Object oriented design
Shetran tools
Designing an open modelling system for land use, climate change and outline of coursework
Roundup and feedback


Programming VBA
Practical Advanced Excel
Advanced GUI building and VBA forms - Python & R
Shetran modelling and GIS
Introduction to GIS
Introduction to ArcGIS and catchment databases
Advanced ArcGIG, Spatial Analysis, 3D Analysis
Advanced ArcGIS, adding customised tools and Visual Basic programmes
Databases and Access
Internet + maps
Google Earth and CIS integrations
Modelling tools on the web
Coursework session, organising software

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Coursework - Software Development Exercise (Part 1 VBA - individual, Part 2 Web + GIS - group)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture53:0015:00Standard lecture formats
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical53:0015:00Hands on computing sessions everyday.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study140:0040:00Includes background reading, reading lecture notes and studying I2I Flexible Learning package.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures underpin the computer practicals. This is a “hands on” course allowing students to build concrete skills. The 100% coursework exercise is built up across the week. A separate flexible learning package is given out before the module commences.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prob solv exercises2M100Software development exercise (electronic submission)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This course does not suit a paper exam. The 100% coursework exercise is a substantial software development exercise, calling upon all the skills learned on the course. Part 1 is VBA Programming and Part 2 is Web + GIS Tools.

Reading Lists