GIS for Beginners #3: Spatial Analysis using QGIS +eBook
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GIS for Beginners #3: Spatial Analysis using QGIS +eBook

QGIS tutorial topic: Learn the Bare Essentials of Spatial Analysis - map overlay, spatial data query & buffering in GIS
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333 students enrolled
Created by Ian Allan
Last updated 5/2019
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 2 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Use Spatial Analysis techniques to relate two GIS maps together using Spatial data Query operators such as "within" and "contains"
  • Buffering in GIS
  • Construct a simple Database Query. For example... "YearLevel" >= 9
  • Use Spatial Query and Database Query in combination
  • A computer, preferably running MS Windows. Quantum GIS also runs on Mac, Linux, BSD and Android but I cannot support these.
  • The FREE Quantum GIS installed on your computer (long term Corporate Release only please)
  • Ability to open a map, zoom, pan, etc in QGIS OR completion of GIS for Beginners #1 course
  • You get to use the same Datasets and Follow-Along with the Step-by-Step Video Instructions

Attention Researchers, College Students And Professionals: Do You Want To Add GIS To Your Toolkit Without Having The Hassle Of Enrolling In A College GIS Course?


ANALYSE Spatial Data Even If You Haven’t Studied GIS Before.

Have you been trying to learn the basics of how to analyse Spatial Data without any luck?

You have looked around the web but the information you find is incomplete, out-of-date and hard to follow?

That’s understandable because the best qgis tutorials are usually for expensive commercial GIS’s. In contrast, lessons for the FREE, equally functional, Quantum GIS are mostly written by volunteers.

Fortunately, my GIS for Beginners #3: Spatial analysis using QGIS course offers a solution. In this qgis tutorial I teach you the Beginner’s Basics of Spatial analysis in QGIS. I use videos, and downloadable qgis tutorial for beginners pdf workbooks and datasets. The whole QGIS tutorial is Step-by-Step, Follow-Along style.

It is as simple as watching the videos on your computer and following along with the exercises using the FREE Quantum GIS Software

Start now and you could be buffering in GIS, doing map overlay, and other types of spatial analysis this time tomorrow

Imagine what would be like to do your own spatial data analysis on your own computer. With spatial analysis under YOUR control, you could take the time to EXPERIMENT with different GIS map combinations and spatial analysis techniques.

GIS for Beginners #3: Spatial analysis using QGIS will…

  • Give you the confidence to relate GIS maps to each other and answer geographical questions. Discover geographical relationships that you never thought existed.

  • Establish new habits for how you look at spatial information. You will realize that Maps are more than just maps they’re spatial data bases

My name is Ian Allan. I am a Research Masters graduate from Monash University in Melbourne Australia.

Over the last 25 years I have authored and co-authored fifteen peer reviewed publications. I have worked professionally as a GIS researcher. I have taught GIS to thousands of University and online students. And I have worked as a GIS consultant on projects as diverse as the following…

  • United Nations: Post tsunami strategic planning in Banda Ache

  • Australian Federal Government: National Broadband strategic assessment.

  • Victoria’s Department of Premier and Cabinet: Housing affordability modelling.

  • Local Government: Environmental sustainability modelling for planners,

  • Water industry: Buried water pipe condition modelling and ease-of-digging modelling

Here’s what some of my 5185+ Udemy students have had to say about my teaching style…

It was very thorough and comprehensive… Ian also covered aspects of GIS Analysis which increases your learning and appreciation of the capabilities of how powerful the GIS tool can be. – Brian L

"Ian is vast and knowledgeable in what he teaches. I would do another course by Ian if he offered it" - Umar Y

"A very informative course. It helps me review the GIS experience I haven't used in a while and brush up on my skills. Thanks Ian." - Jayram S

"Really great introductory-level course! The examples were simple to follow, but also very useful. All the work can be finished while watching the videos, there was no extra work to be done without guidance. I really look forward to the next course by this instructor. Cheers and well done!" - Nathan L.

"Very good background, easy to follow and helpful for a foundation of GIS." - Amelia K

"Simple and very clear lectures with the minimum basics/backgrounds to get a taste of what awaits us further and also making us think of what we can do more. - "Boojhawon R


  • 40 minutes of training videos.In the videos I’ll show you…

    • Buffering in GIS: QGIS buffer tutorial on how to create a buffer around GIS map objects such as points, lines and polygons.

    • Map overlay: How to compare two GIS maps (using all 14 possible map overlay variations).

    • GIS query: How to perform a simple database query

    • How to create geographical subsets and then GIS query

    • The secret to combining database query with spatial query and why it so important.

  • The course workbooks. The qgis tutorials for beginners pdf is 21 pages of screen captures an explanatory text to compliment the videos.

  • A zip file of datasets used. Extract these and follow-along with me in the videos.

  • You get to eavesdrop as I work, and gain insight into relating GIS maps to each other that would otherwise likely overlook or possibly never grasp.

 Try it risk free. If within 30 days you’re not satisfied with the course for any reason return it for 100% refund, and keep the dataset and the workbook.

Be sure to click on the "Add to cart" button on the top right corner.

All the courses in the GIS for Beginners series had been developed by me over the last 25 years. All the Techniques and concepts I teach have been proven in the research and consulting environments during that time.

Buying this course is not a risk with my 30 day 100% money back guarantee.


Q. The course does not use ARC. Does this matter?

A. No, it doesn’t matter. In this qgis tutorial and all my qgis tutorials for beginners, I teach you the basics of GIS in a way that’s applicable to ALL GISs, even Arc.

Q. I have no experience with GIS. Does that matter?

A. Although no previous Geographical Information Systems knowledge needed, ideally you will be able to do some simple tasks in QGIS. Tasks such as Opening a Map, zooming, panning, etc.

Q. I am worried that this qgis tutorial will be like many other technical courses abstract and hard to follow.

A. I have based all the exercises on the type of practical every-day GIS problems that I encounter day-to-day in my GIS consultancy. Things like map overlay, buffering in GIS, and other aspects of vector spatial analysis in gis. Download the dataset and follow-along with the videos.

Q. What Work Materials are there to support the teachings?

A. A twenty one page qgis tutorials for beginners pdf. This is the QGIS tutorial Text. It has screen captures and explanations that compliment the videos. And a zip file containing the same datasets that I use in the videos.

Q. Do I need to purchase software to do this course?

A. No, there is no need to purchase software. We’ll use the FREE Quantum GIS (QGIS)

Q. I want to buy this course today, but I don’t have time to do the course right now. How long do I have access to the course for?

A. You have Unlimited Lifetime Access to the course (including future upgrades)

Q. What if I decide this course is not for me.

A. I offer an unconditional, no-questions-asked full 30-day money-back guarantee!

Q. If I have a problem, can I ask questions?

A. Yes. I welcome questions because they help me improve the course. It’s best to use the course Q&A area for this.

Who this course is for:
  • Students, Academics and Professionals who want to add GIS to their armoury of data analysis and presentation tools
Course content
Expand all 11 lectures 01:01:49
+ Introduction and downloads
8 lectures 43:33
How to create a Buffer
In QGIS 3 the Spatial Query Dialog Box is here!
The Spatial Query Dialog Box Explained
Spatial Query Combinations Explained
+ Extra Stuff
3 lectures 18:16

In the exercise we did our spatial analyses based on polygon-in-polygon query. That same concept can be used with point-in-polygon spatial analyses. Although spatial analyses are very powerful, when you're doing spatial queries over-and-over, its sometimes simpler to use spatial query as a tool to update a data file, and then make queries on that file. 

The examples that follow all relate to the analysis Real Estate sales for a research project about housing affordability. The approach I took was to update my real estate sales file to have columns with headings like SUBURB, ZIP CODE, CENSUS DISTRICT, ROAD ATLAS CELL, etc. I would then do a point-in-polygon query and populate the real estate sales file. So, for example, I would relate a GIS map of homes that were sold to a  GIS map of suburbs and then populate the suburb column with the suburb that the house was in. This approach tends to simplify both the analyses and the mapping of your data.

I hope the videos help you to understand the power of Spatial Analysis. It means that dots in particular can be “aggregated” to any GIS boundary, even boundaries you create yourself.

Real Estate Sales Analysis

Once again, point-in-polygon to populate the database, then followed by a mapping phase...

Real Estate Market Share Analysis

And another example of using Spatial Analysis techniques (house sale map related to a suburb map) to populate a GIS file and then map it

House Price Mapping