Information Technology

GIS: Intermediate GIS Concepts for ArcGIS 10.x (3 Days) King Co.


ArcGIS has much more functionality than simple map display and navigation. It has many tools for collecting, creating, and analyzing data. This three-day class teaches advanced skills for using ArcGIS. See how to connect information between tables and mark locations on the map. Practice managing data files, creating new data, and putting the data to work to generate answers to questions.


This class is for those who already know the basics of ArcGIS and want to expand their skills with the software and with GIS in general.

Topics Covered

Day 1
  • GIS Data Sources: Where does all the data come from? Who creates it? How can you access it?
    • Your Company’s Data
    • GIS Data on the Web
    • Sharing Maps and Data
  • Projection Basics: Understand the importance of making sure your data is in the right place. See real-life examples of issues inaccurate spatial locations can cause.
    • Spatial Reference Issues
    • Spatial Reference and ArcGIS
    • Geographic Coordinate Systems
    • Projected Coordinate Systems
    • Setting the Spatial Reference of the Data
  • Bringing Data into ArcGIS: Take paper maps and place them into correct spatial locations, import or export data from Google Earth, and more.
    • Importing data
    • Georeferencing an Image
  • Joins and Relates: Connect a parcel dataset to a spreadsheet of owner information that has no coordinates.
    • Using Tables in ArcMap
    • Table Relationships
    • Attribute Joins and Relates
    • Spatial Joins
Day 2
  • Creating GIS Data: Create your own GIS data files.
    • GIS Data Types and File Creation
    • Setting Properties of GIS Data
    • Database Design
  • Beginner Editing: Create your own GIS data and make changes to existing data.
    • Editing Workflow
    • Feature Construction Tools
    • Construction Methods
    • Tips and Tricks
  • Creating Templates and Editing Attributes: Make your editing and data creation more efficient with custom feature templates and en masse table editing techniques.
    • Feature Templates
    • Editing Attributes
  • Advanced Editing: Employ some data QC techniques by ensuring that the boundaries and intersections between features that touch are accurate.
    • Advanced Editing Tools
    • Map Topology
Day 3
  • Geoprocessing Tools: Build right-of-way polygons, find potential flood zones, and combine datasets to showcase school zones with potential hazards.
    • Solving Problems in GIS
    • ArcToolbox
    • Geoprocessing Options
  • Advanced Layouts: Learn additional techniques for making a clean map layout. Clip the data frame to the outline of a layer. Add a grid to show coordinates. Show how different data frames relate to one another. Create a set of multiple maps for a whole area, such as one for each parcel.
    • Enhancing the Data Frame, including graphics, clipping the data frame, grids and graticules
    • Data Driven Pages
    • Export to PDF
  • Labeling Features: Display important information about your features with a variety of techniques. Adjust the appearance and placement of labels for maximum effect, while still emphasizing what is most important.
    • Label Basics
    • Label Styles
    • Label Expressions
    • Label Classes

Prerequisites and Recommendations

Students should have knowledge of Microsoft Windows® and be familiar with the basic use of ArcGIS, including the topics covered in Fundamentals of ArcGIS.

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