Learn how to prepare a topographic map and slope analysis for your design project.

DATES: January 19, 26, and February 2 (three consecutive Tuesdays) 3 – 4:30 PM EST
Registration fee: $200, Conway alums $190
Registration is OPEN and closes January 15
Instructor: Sebastian (Bas) Gutwein teaches surveying, the Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD, and GIS at the Conway School
Max Number of Participants: 30

Understanding the lay of the land is an essential first step in many architecture, landscape design, and planning projects. In this three session workshop participants will learn how to use the free mapping software QGIS to create contour maps that are usable on various platforms such as CAD.

Publicly available LiDAR data is used to create 1-foot contours and perform a slope analysis as well as stylize and layout the maps for printing and export to DXF for use in CAD programs. This introductory experience will lay the groundwork for participants to understand the potential of QGIS. For those participants who are familiar with ArcMAP or other GIS software it will be a gentle introduction to QGIS.

Assignments with prepared data sets are provided as homework between sessions and are discussed briefly in class. Thirty minutes of Q&A time is provided at the end of the hour-long session. Live class sessions will be recorded and made available to participants using a google doc folder.

Small scale designers, architects, planners who want to do quick grading studies of an area, and anyone who wants to use this free software to better understand or shape a landscape, are all welcome in this course. Participants should have a basic knowledge of mapping software.



Bas GutweinSebastian ‘Bas’ Gutwein teaches Surveying, the Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD, and GIS in the Conway School’s graduate program. He is a living systems designer, and founding partner of Regenerative Design Group,  where he works with individuals, communities, and organizations in landscape design. He also brings his experience with commercial farming in Indiana, stone work, and heading the Greenfield Parking and Traffic Committee.

BS, Environmental Design, UMass-Amherst (2006)