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Advanced GIS Methods Training: Retail Centres and Catchment Areas

This course explains what retail centres are, and different methods of constructing catchments for them, including fixed-ring buffers, drive time catchments and Huff model catchments.

It is split into two parts, each with a video clip and a workbook to work through:
- Part 1: Retail Centres
- Part 2: Retail Catchment Areas

You need some prior knowledge of R to get the most from this course. If you are new to R, we recommend you complete the Short Course on Using R as a GIS first.

After completing the material, you will:
- Understand what the CDRC Retail Centres dataset is and what it looks like
- Know how to construct a basic Hierarchy for the Retail Centres
- Know how to delineate fixed-ring buffers for the Retail Centres
- Know how to derive drive-time catchments for Retail Centres using the HERE API
- Understand what a Huff model is, and what its basic components are
- Know how to build a Huff model for Retail Centres in the Liverpool City Region
- Know how to delineate catchments for each Retail Centre using the Huff model

To access the course, click on Download next to the 'Part 1: Retail Centres' or 'Part 2: Retail Catchment Areas' files below. It is recommended that you have the course material open in one window, and RStudio open in another window next to it, using either a big monitor, or two monitors. Also download the data zip file listed below. If you have any comments or feedback, please email us.

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University College London (UCL)
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Prof Alex Singleton
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Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International


Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International