Advancing Your ArcGIS Skills course

  • length:
    3 days
  • Cost:
    $2285 +GST
  • Time:
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Presenter:
    Nicholas Chai, Jack Green, Chris Hoar or Dion Fleming
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The Advanced ArcGIS course extends the basic knowledge you obtained either in the Introduction to ArcGIS course or by work experience and opens up the advanced functionality that ArcGIS Desktop has to offer. The practical exercises will cover data editing using advanced editing techniques to capture highly accurate data quickly; map production exercises for producing high quality cartographic products; geoprocessing and analysis tools to query your data; and create workflows (including through model builder). This course turns novice and intermediate ArcGIS users into efficient advanced users. See course dates below.

10% Discount for AusIMM, SSSi and AIG members.


Introduction to ArcGIS course or equivalent experience.


You will learn how to use the ArcGIS editing and digitising tools that allow you to: snap to existing features; create entities at a fixed distance or bearing from an existing feature; and to perform advanced editing techniques which streamline the data capture process and ensure that the shapes and attributes you are recording are accurate. This course offers you the skills to become a GIS data editor.

Topics covered:
  • Basic editing tools
  • Editing tasks
  • Advanced editing techniques – Trim, Extend, Reshape, Cut and Trace
  • Editing attributes
  • Utilising domains to streamline data capture
  • Using the Field Calculator
  • Tips and tricks to improve your editing processes
Practical exercises

Exercise 1 – Creating datasets: Creating shapefiles using create feature class tool; Create XY data from gpx files - Designing simple geodatabases - Optional exercise – working with CAD data
Exercise 2 – Digitising: On screen digitising; Digitising with attributes; Digitising using measurement details; Optional exercise – parallel, perpendicular & deflection editing tools
Exercise 3 – Editing tasks: DXF data; Reshape edit task; Auto-complete polygon and cut polygon edit tasks; Optional exercise – editing vertices
Exercise 4 – Snapping, buffering and clipping; Optional exercise – more editing practice
Exercise 5 – Advanced editing toolbar; Extending and trimming; Generalize and smooth; the fillet tool; Creating default shapes; Optional exercise – creating road edges from centre lines


You will learn how to use ArcGIS to effectively create accurate, professional hard copy maps incorporating insets, overviews and detailed marginalia.

Topics covered:
  • Symbolising layers – custom symbols and styles, image effects.
  • Making the most of multiple data frames – insets, overviews and extent rectangles.
  • Organising the map layout.
  • Using layout assistance such as guides and rulers.
  • Customising a legend.
  • Generating effective grids, graticules and reference grids.
  • Incorporating graphs onto maps.
  • Presenting tables and objects on a map
Practical exercises:

Exercise 1 – Simple Map Production; Exporting a Map; Reference Grids; optional Exercise – Creating a Street Index Map
Exercise 2 – Maps with Multiple Data Frames; Overview Maps; Extent Indicators; Optional Exercise – Inset Maps with Extent Indicators
Exercise 3 – Map Templates; Guides; Using Map Templates; Templates with Multiple Data Frames and Data; optional Exercise – Templates for Map Sizes of A4 to A0
Exercise 4 – Producing Multiple Maps; Creating Graphs; Using Bookmarks to Create Multiple Maps; optional Exercise – Data Driven Pages (Map Books/Series)


You will learn how to use the wizard driven tools in ArcToolbox to perform a variety of geoprocessing tasks such as clipping, buffering, dissolving and intersecting, as well as employing other tools such as data conversion tools, coordinate system tools and data management tools.

You will learn about the advanced features provided by ArcGIS to query data, to construct complex SQL query statements to interrogate attribute information, and to use the powerful Select by Location function to perform spatial queries.

You will also learn how to use Model Builder to create and edit custom models and implement simple to advanced models using a variety of parameters. The topics covered will be Wizard Driven model setups; linking processes together; utilising model parameters and variables to enhance the model wizard settings;

Topics covered:
  • Advanced SQL querying
  • Spatial querying
  • Geoprocessing – clipping, intersecting, dissolving, buffering
  • Complex querying combining spatial and attribute queries
  • Data conversion – CAD, geodatabase, raster
  • Table Joining – attribute and spatial joins
  • Merging and appending data
  • Checking and repairing geometry
  • Managing ArcToolbox – Create and Edit toolboxes
  • Create and add custom model builder tools
Practical exercises:

Exercise 1 – SQL Queries: Querying Numbers; Querying Strings; Definition Queries; Optional Exercise - Joining Tables
Exercise 2 – Spatial Queries: Selecting Features with Graphics; Interactive Selection Methods; Select by Location; Spatial Joins
Exercise 3 – ArcToolbox: Merging and Appending; Raster Tools; Checking Geometry; Optional Exercise - Configuring ArcToolbox
Exercise 4 – Geoprocessing: Buffering; Clipping; Cleaning Data
Exercise 5 – Performing analysis: Measuring Geographic Distributions; Identifying Patterns; Mapping Clusters
Exercise 6 – Creating Models: Build models with ArcToolbox tools; Optimize workflows
Exercise 7 – Models with Variables & Parameters: Create models with input parameters and variables

10% discount for SSSI, AusIMM and AIG members

You are eligible for a 10% member discount if you are a member of SSSI, AusIMM or AIG. To register on this course and claim this discount please click this link

Upcoming courses

Date Time Training course location Register
24.10.2018 - 26.10.2018 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Advancing Your ArcGIS Skills course NGIS Perth register now
28.11.2018 - 30.11.2018 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Advancing Your ArcGIS Skills course NGIS Perth register now

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