Introduction to ArcGIS Desktop

  • length:
    3 Days
  • Cost:
    $2335 +GST
  • Time:
    9:00 AM- 5:00 PM
  • Presenter:
    Dion Fleming, Chris Hoar, Nicholas Chai or Jack Green.
  • Or contact NGIS to request a corporate course.

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This practical three-day course gives you a comprehensive introduction to the ArcGIS desktop software, giving you the skills to use the core functions of the ArcGIS package. The exercises introduce you to the ArcGIS applications: ArcMap for visualising and editing data; ArcCatalog for data and metadata management; and ArcToolbox for geoprocessing. This course gives you a sound understanding of the basic geospatial concepts and skills to create, edit and work with geospatial data using ArcGIS. See course dates below.

10% Discount for AusIMM, SSSi and AIG members.


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


  • ArcGIS basics including the ArcMap Map Document, an introduction to layers, the ArcCatalog interface and viewing attribute data for layers.
  • Navigating in ArcMap: utilising the pan and zoom tools to move around data in ArcMap; using the Magnifier and Overview window to improve the ease of navigation; and creating spatial bookmarks.
  • Displaying data in ArcMap: moving and grouping layers of data; specifying display and reference scales.
  • Coordinate Systems in ArcMap: setting and changing coordinate systems for viewing layers in ArcMap; specifying the coordinate readout format.
  • ArcCatalog Functionality: perform specific GIS data searches; view and edit metadata for datasets; create data connections, and preview datasets before adding them into ArcMap.
  • Internet Data Sources: streaming live GIS data from internet sources directly into the ArcMap Map Document.
  • Exploring Attribute Tables: viewing, querying and calculating values for tables.
  • ArcMap Symbology: using the suite of ArcGIS symbols and symbology tools to effectively portray the features from respective datasets; displaying data by categorising features and setting layer transparency.
  • Advanced Querying: query data using SQL query statements; use spatial queries to select features with respect to other features; and join tables together based on common fields.
  • Creating Data: create Shapefiles; setup Geodatabases with attribute domains and feature classes; and import data into a Geodatabase.
  • Editing Spatial Data: create point, line and polygon features using the array of editing tools in ArcMap.
  • Creating a Map: setup a page layout; create grids, legends and scale bars; export a finished map product.


Exercise 1 – Understanding GIS Concepts
  • Open an existing Map
  • View Attribute Information for Layers through MapTips
  • Re-Ordering Layers
  • ArcMap Interface Components
  • Optional Exercise – Identifying Features
Exercise 2 – Map Document Basics
  • Different Views of your Data
  • Navigating Around a Map
  • Overview Window  
  • Magnifier Window
  • Checking Attribute Data
  • Setting MapTips
  • Finding Features & Bookmarking
  • Measuring Distances and Areas
  • My Places
  • Answers to Questions
  • Optional Exercise – Viewer Window
Exercise 3 – Changing Display of Data
  • Grouping Layers
  • Changing the Display of Layers
  • Setting a Display Scale
  • Setting a Reference Scale
  • Labelling
  • Customising Predefined Scales and Full Extent
  • Optional Exercise – Clipping a Data Frame
Exercise 4 – Working with Coordinate Systems
  • Setting the Coordinate System
  • Setting the Coordinate Readout
  • Setting Australian Coordinates
  • Transformations
  • Navigating with Go to XY
  • Create a Map Template
Exercise 5 – Catalog and Search Windows
  • What Is ArcCatalog?
  • Opening the Catalog Window
  • Connecting to your Data
  • Find Data in a Table
  • Using the Description View
  • Previewing CAD Files
  • Search Window
  • Preview Map Documents
  • Defining A Coordinate System
  • Optional Exercise - Configuring Catalog Defaults
Exercise 6 – Setting up new Map Document
  • Creating a New Map Document
  • Previewing Datasets
  • Customising Layer Display and Symbology
  • Setting the Full Extent
  • Setting a Reference Scale
  • Using BaseMap Layers
  • Saving Layer Files
  • Optional Exercise – Hyperlinks
Exercise 7 – Exploring Attribute Tables
  • Set Up a New Map Document
  • Display Attribute Tables and Modify Their Display
  • Edit Attribute Data
  • Select Features
  • Create a Calculated Field
  • Calculating Areas
  • Excel Spreadsheets
  • Optional Exercise – Definition Query
Exercise 8 – Symbolising Data by Attributes
  • Symbolising by Category
  • Summarizing Data
  • Joining Tables
  • Displaying XY Data
  • Symbolising by Quantity
  • Graduated Symbols
  • Symbolising with Multiple Fields
  • Optional Exercise – Advanced Symbolising Using Multiple Fields
Exercise 9 – Setting up a GeoDatabase
  • Understanding Database Terms
  • Creating a Project
  • Creating Feature Classes
  • Attribute Domains
  • Optional Exercise - Raster Catalogs
Exercise 10 – Creating & Editing Spatial Data
  • Starting an Edit Session
  • Feature Templates
  • Creating Polygons
  • Tracing
  • Digitising with Coordinates
  • Entering Attributes
  • Cut Polygons Tool
  • Creating Points
  • Optional Exercise – Fire Break
  • Optional Exercise – Validating Data
Exercise 11 – Presenting your Work (Cartography)
  • The Layout and how to Navigate it
  • Setting up a Page
  • Inserting a Picture and a North Arrow
  • Depicting Scale
  • Legends
  • Overview Data Frames
  • Creating Grids
  • Exporting a Map
  • Optional Exercise – Graticule
  • Optional Exercise – Inset
  • Optional Exercise – Table of Areas
  • Optional Exercise – A3 and Map Scale
Exercise 12 – GeoReferencing
  • Georeferencing using GPS Point Data
  • Georeferencing an Image against another Image (For V10)
  • Automatic Raster Georeferencing using Auto Registration (For V10.1)
Exercise 13 – Data Analysis
  • More Advanced Attribute Queries
  • Build Spatial Queries
  • Extra Queries
  • Area Analysis
  • Bonus Exercise – Working with CAD Data
  • Importing CAD Data
  • Spatial Joins

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