ArcGIS for the Mining and Exploration Industry

  • length:
    3 Days
  • Cost:
    $1950 +GST
  • Time:
    9:00 AM- 5:00 PM
  • Presenter:
    Jack Green or Chris Hoar
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This 3-day ArcGIS for Mining and Exploration course teaches the geospatial concepts and skills needed to manage, create, edit, analyse, visualise and work with geospatial mining data using ArcGIS software. The course uses mining specific geospatial datasets, aerial photography and drilling results, and the practical exercises are typical of the tasks and problems faced by those modelling spatial information in mineral exploration and production.


No previous experience with ArcGIS software is required, although experience with using Microsoft Windows is essential.


  • ArcMap Basics: An introduction to the ArcMap application interface and the main tools used to view and navigate datasets, including utilising the Magnifier and Overview windows.
  • Exploring Datasets with ArcCatalog: Using the search function in ArcCatalog to search for datasets based on attribute and geographical properties; previewing datasets, connecting to data locations and working with metadata.
  • Working with Map Documents: Creating and saving ArcMap Map Documents; creating spatial bookmarks and interrogating the map to identify features.
  • Creating Layers from Datasets: Add and symbolise datasets to create functional layers in ArcMap; set coordinate systems; georeference imagery and create labels.
  • Symbolise Geoscientific Data: Create a field observations point layer from a comma separated text file; use an observation attribute to set the angle of symbols; create and symbolise a faults line layer.
  • Internet Data: Search and load datasets into ArcMap from multiple locations, including servers from the Department of Mines and Petroleum in Western Australia.
  • Create and Edit Datasets: Create shapefiles and Geodatabases; create points, lines and polygon features; explore snapping and advanced editing of tenement data.
  • Exploring Attribute Tables: Joining tables; creating summary data; creating new columns and editing cell values for tables; and creating table queries.
  • Making Maps: Set up and create an effective and functional map using insets and overviews, incorporating titles, legends, grids and graticules and scale bars.
  • Graphs: Create graphs, represent drillhole assays and collar data within ArcMap and then present the graphs on a map layout.
  • ArcToolbox: View and utilise a sample of the many wizard driven tools available in ArcToolbox, such as intersecting, defining a coordinate system for a layer, appending features and creating a new dataset.

Practical Exercises:
Exercise 1 – GIS Exploration Project
Introducing ArcMap; Setting MapTips; Overview Window; Magnifier Window; Optional Exercise – Viewer Window
Exercise 2 – Map Document Basics:
Ordering Layers; Finding Features; Attribute Tables; Identifying Features; Measuring; Navigating with Go To XY; Bookmarks; My Places; Layouts
Optional Exercise – Using Find and Identify Tools; Test Your Knowledge: Review a Map
Exercise 3 – Changing Display of Data:
Start ArcMap; Modifying Your Map Document; Layer Display Scale; Renaming Layers; Display Features by Category; Display Features by Quantity; Adding Labels; Transparency; Optional Exercise – Raster Symbology
Exercise 4 – Using Catalog and Search: What Is ArcCatalog?; Opening the Catalog Window; Connecting to Your Data; Using Catalog Window; Finding Data in a Table; Using the Description View; Viewing CAD Files via Catalog Window
Optional Exercise – Configuring Catalog Window Defaults
Optional Exercise – The ArcToolbox Window
Exercise 5 – Working with Coordinate Systems:
Map Coordinate Systems; Layer Coordinate Systems; Coordinate Systems in Catalog Window; Transformations; Projecting Data
Optional Exercise – Searching for Tools
Optional Exercise – Defining Coordinate System; Optional Exercise – Batch Project
Optional Exercise – Favourite Coordinate Systems
Optional Exercise – Albers Coordinate System for Western Australia
Exercise 6 – Creating a New Map Document:
Adding Data with Catalog Window; Grouping Layers; Saving Group Layers; Hyperlinks
Optional Exercise – Definition Query
Exercise 7 – Symbolising Geoscientific Data:
Accessing Data from a comma separated Text File (*.Csv); Creating an Event Layer; Creating a Shapefile from an Event Layer; Symbolise the Map Layer; Stacked Labels
Optional Exercise – Advanced Labelling
Exercise 8 – Exploring Attribute Tables:
Joining Tables; Create Summary Data; Create a New Field; Table Queries; Calculating Areas; Advanced Queries; Select by Location
Exercise 9 – Symbolising Data by Attributes:
Symbolising by Category; Symbolising by Quantity; Graduated Symbols; Symbolising With Multiple Attributes
Optional Exercise – Customising Symbols
Exercise 10 – Creating A Geodatabase:
Create a New Shapefile; Create New File Geodatabase; Geodatabase Domains; Create a Feature Class; Creating Additional Feature Classes; Import a Shapefile into the Geodatabase; Import Table Data into the Geodatabase; Import Assay Data
Optional Exercise – Import Shapefiles into a Geodatabase; Optional Exercise – Cad Tools
Exercise 11 – Creating Features (Editing):
Annotations; Creating Points; Creating Polylines; Creating Polygons; Adding Polygon Attributes; Snapping and Advanced Shape Editing
Optional Exercise – Cutting Holes in Polygons
Optional Exercise – Merging Polygons; Optional Exercises – Buffering and Clipping
Optional Exercises – Intersecting and Appending
Exercise 12 – Presenting Your Work (Cartography):
Creating a Map; Set Projections; Map Scales; Page Size Properties; Grids and Graticules; Graphic Elements; Extent Indicators; Legends; Printing or Exporting Maps
Optional Exercise – Using Map Templates
Exercise 13 – Georeferencing:
Raster Data and Georeferencing; Georeferencing using GPS Point Data; Georeferencing an Image against another Image
Optional Exercise – Georeferencing CAD Data
Exercise 14 – Graphs:
Creating a Graph; Adding a Table to a Layout; Producing a Map with Graphs and Tables; Duplicating Maps
Optional Exercise – Experimenting with Graph Options
Optional Exercise – Spatial Join
Exercise 15 – Base Maps and Internet Data Sources:
Online Basemaps; GIS Servers
Optional Exercise – Accessing other Services

Chris Hoar – BSc (Geology and Geography)
Principal GIS Consultant

Chris is a geo-scientist with a degree in geology and geography who focuses on the application of computer technology within these two fields. He is an expert in the development of IT solutions and GIS technology for urban planning, environmental and resource industry applications. Chris has worked for NGIS in Australia and Hong Kong for 18 years, project managing the implementation of spatial technology and developing and delivering solutions for many mining and oil & gas companies including Chevron Texaco, WMC and BHP. He is an active member of the GIS community, has written articles published in various journals and regularly gives presentations to the wider community on various GIS related subjects. Chris is a presenter of the NGIS suite of GIS training courses.

Jack Green - BSc (GIS)
Principal GIS Consultant

Jack has been working as part of the GIS industry for more than twelve years and has a range of experience across the Esri suite of products. Jack has worked in a range of roles including as a Desktop GIS Analyst, Field GIS Officer and Applications Developer giving him knowledge of the product use at different levels. Jack has applied this knowledge across a number of different industries including State and Local Government, Mining, Infrastructure, Agribusiness and Education. Jack is a highly sought after presenter of the NGIS suite of Training courses.

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