ArcGIS Desktop Essential Workflows

Course Description

This three-day course introduces students to ArcGIS and provides the foundation for becoming a successful ArcView, ArcEditor, or ArcInfo user. Participants learn how to use ArcMap, ArcCatalog, and ArcToolbox and explore how these applications work together to provide a complete GIS software solutions. The course covers fundamental GIS concepts as well as how to create, edit, and work the georeferenced spatial data. Attendees learn how to manipulate tabular data, query a GIS database, and present data clearly and efficiently using maps and charts.

Course Length: 3 days

Cost: $1,350.00 per student

Class Location:
Mountain CAD Corp.
339 Sixth Avenue
South Charleston, WV 25303


  • Display feature and tabular data
  • Work with georeferenced spatial data
  • Query features using logical expressions
  • Find features using spatial relationships
  • Edit spatial and attribute data
  • Associate tables with joins and relates
  • Produce maps, reports, and graphs

Course Outline:


  • Working with data in ArcCatalog
  • Connect to folders
  • Work with the Contents view display options
  • Set Catalog properties
  • Work with data
  • Finding data

Working with layers and maps

  • Start ArcMap and add layers to a map
  • Changing the ArcMap Data View and TOC options
  • Add fields from a related table
  • Classify the census block groups
  • Creating a layer file
  • Working with the layer file
  • Show map tips
  • Create a definition query
  • Create styles for school planning maps
  • Use a template to create a layout

Working with labels and annotation

  • Turn on layer labels
  • Change the label symbol
  • Change label placement and visibility
  • Display the population with the city name
  • Label the capitals with a different symbol
  • Manage label priority
  • Create and edit annotation

Displaying locations from tabular data

  • Geocoding adresss locations
  • Examine the data for geocoding
  • Create a geocoding service
  • Prepare the map for geocoding
  • Geocoding the crime locations
  • Rematching addresses
  • Use the find tool to locate addresses
  • Plot XY data on your map

Modifying the ArcGIS interface

  • Start ArcMap and load data
  • Dock and undock toolbars
  • Open the Customize dialog and turn toolbars on and off
  • Add, remove, and move controls
  • Create a new toolbar
  • Add existing controls to the new toolbar
  • Add a command to a Context menu
  • Program a shortcut key
  • Open the saved template to view the changes

Designing a GIS database

  • Organizing a GIS database
  • Evaluate the needs assessment
  • Select feature classes
  • Identify attributes
  • Organize layers
  • Select database scale
  • Select a projection/coordinate system

Explore the REGIS database

  • Open the Redlands_GDB
  • Display the Census feature classes in ArcMap
  • Examine the stand-alone feature classes in the Redlands_GDB
  • Examine the contents of the DataSources folder

Exploring the REGIS Project Metadata in ArcCatalog

  • Explore metadata documentation for the Census feature dataset
  • Explore metadata properties for the Census feature dataset
  • Editing metadata
  • View Metadata with a different stylesheet

Automating data

  • Digitizing data in ArcMap
  • Create a new feature class within an existing geodatabase
  • Preparing the digitizing environment
  • Adding the tour line features
  • Create metadata for the new Tour feature class

Converting existing data

  • Create a coverage from a text file
  • Examine the Redcitylim coverage and build the polygon attribute table
  • Import the reedcitylim coverage into the Redlands_GDB
  • Update the metadata for the new Citylimit feature class

Load a shapefile into the geodatabase

  • Examine the RedStreets.shp shapefile
  • Creating a new feature dataset and feature class
  • Use the Simple Data Loader
  • Update the metadata for the Streets feature class

Importing data into the geodatabase

  • Examine the Railroad.dxf file
  • Import the railroad.dxf into the Redlands_GDB
  • Import dbf tables into the geodatabase
  • Update the metadata documentation

Exporting data from ArcMap

  • Examine the school and hospital address tables and define a geocoding service
  • Geocode the address tables
  • Import data from an internet feature service
  • Update the metadata documentation

Editing the database schema

  • Add a field to a table
  • Delete fields from a table
  • Defining a field name alias
  • Defining Subtypes
  • Special instructions for ArcView 8.1 users
  • Create a domain for an entire attribute field
  • Create domains for the Streets feature class subtypes

Editing spatial and attribute data

  • Editing features and attributes
  • Add features to an existing data layer
  • Creating adjacent polygons
  • Merge existing features
  • Modify existing linear features
  • Editing attribute table values
  • Editing coincident features
  • Using feature creation tools
  • Using the Object Datat Loader

Data management

  • Managing data
  • Merge two layers into one
  • Clipping a layer

Working with networks

  • Building a geometric network
  • Special instructions for ArcView 8.1 users
  • Exploring the Traffic_Net network
  • Experimenting with a geometric network
  • Finding traffic detours
  • Determining a new school bus route

Spatial analysis functions

  • Conducting a pilot study
  • Prepare for the analysis
  • Select the target census blockgroups
  • Select the parcels
  • Find the parcels contained within the blockgroups
  • Buffer the Streets and Tours layers
  • Find the parcels within HwyBuf and outside TourBuf

Conducting a pilot study (independent)

  • Prepare for the analysis
  • Perform the analysis
  • Present your results
  • Prepare for the analysis
  • Perform the analysis
  • Present your results
  • Prepare for the analysis
  • Perform the analysis
  • Present your results

Making a map

  • Build the map graphic body
  • Applying a map template
  • Manipulate the legend properties
  • Add a scale bar and north arrow to the map
  • Add informative text and a title to the map

Target Audience

This course is for those who are new to ArcGIS or to geographic information systems in general.


  • A working knowledge of mapping.
  • Basic Microsoft Windows skills


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