ArcMap Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts

ArcGIS tips and shortcuts

The following video is a recording of a technical workshop presented at the 2013 Esri International User Conference featuring Jack Horton & Jorge Ruiz-Valdepena from Esri, that provides some great tips and tricks for working with ArcMap.

It is great little presentation that provides great information for almost all levels of users from beginners to experienced, with topics including: map navigation tips and tricks, keyboard shortcuts, customization, magnifier window, creating symbols, modifying existing symbols, working with map layers, layer files, python scripting and much more.

Many of the shortcuts they mention in the presentation can also be found in this helpful summary document: http://www.esri.com/library/brochures/pdfs/arcgis-desktop-tips.pdf

 

The ArcGIS Book

The ArcGIS Book - Mobile GIS

The ArcGIS Book: 10 Big Ideas about Applying Geography to Your World

ArcGIS Book – ArcGIS, a popular geospatial software from Esri is an integrated set of mapping and GIS analysis tools available on desktop, server, mobile, and online. The latest book from the Esri Press series is a comprehensive hands on guide dedicated to the popular ArcGIS software. The ArcGIS Book It is a detailed compilation containing new ideas, detailed instructions,  large colorful graphics, photos and plenty of diagrams.

There are two versions of the book available,  a hard copy paper version and a digital PDF version that offers interaction with an accompanying website.

The book was written for a diverse range of readers, including young GIS professionals just starting out, right  up to more experienced technologists, as well as programmers, web designers, and anyone who can appreciate how maps play a major role in our society.

The digital copy is compatible with  tablets, desktops, laptops, and smart phones. There are several samples and various step b step lessons that allow the reader to tryout all of tools discussed (via ArcGIS Online), while learning about 10 key ideas about digital mapping, data analysis, and problem solving with GIS.

Download the free PDF digital version, a new book that helps make it easy for anyone to engage GIS, click here go to the ArcGIS Book website to engage with different lessons and interactive activities,  or click here to order a traditional paper copy.

 


Questions You Should Answer Before You Buy A Laser Scanner

Critical Questions To Ask About Laser Scanners

Before You Buy Laser ScannersChoosing 3D laser scanners should be a quantitative process with significant ramifications for your project deliverables, project workflow, resources, personnel, time and cost. The initial step is to define your deliverable’s specifications and the necessary workflow to create the 3D model, and then match these with the laser scanner specifications.

Before making the final decision to invest in laser scanning technology, be sure to ask the following seven questions to ensure that you have a clear understanding of how the 3D laser scanner specifications, workflow and upfront cost will impact your long-term operations and productivity.

This free digital book by Robert Gardiner, a laser scanner and 3D computer modeling specialist helps answer seven must-ask questions will help you choose the right laser scanner for your business.

Before You Buy: Seven Critical Questions To Ask About Laser Scanners – Robert Gardiner

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Python Scripting for ArcGIS

Python Scripting for ArcGIS

Python Scripting for ArcGIS, released by Esri Press, is a helpful guide created for experienced Esri users as a way to help them get started using python scripting without the need of any previous programming experience.

Python Scripting for ArcGISPython Scripting for ArcGIS assumes that readers will be familiar with ArcGIS and GIS geoprocessing concepts and concentrates more on the scripting languages side of ArcGIS. Instead it teaches you how to write python code to use with spatial data to create custom tools to automate geoprocessing tasks.

“Key topics in this book include Python language fundamentals, automating geoprocessing tasks, exploring and manipulating spatial data, working with geometries and rasters, map scripting, debugging and error handling, creating functions and classes, and creating and sharing script tools.” Esri Press

The detailed exercises in the book correspond with available online data available from the Esri Press book resource page.

You can check out the exercise chapters that pertain to the chapters in the book before purchasing the book as they provide the exercise chapters that you can download here and the online data can be downloaded here. Amazon also provides a “Look Inside” feature where you can preview random pages of the book before purchasing.

And if you do not have access to ArcGIS then you can get a full free 60 day trial from Esri .

Below are some some pages from Python Scripting for ArcGIS:

Python Scripting for ArcGIS - sample 3 Python Scripting for ArcGIS - sample 1Python Scripting for ArcGIS - sample 2

Unfiltered Guide to Finding a GIS Job

Unfiltered Guide to Finding a GIS JobUnfiltered Guide to Finding a GIS Job

Careers in GIS: an Unfiltered Guide to Finding a GIS Job

Careers in GIS: an Unfiltered Guide to Finding a GIS Job by Todd Schuble is a simple GIS job hunting strategy guide for young people starting off or already working in the GIS sector but with little experience. The digital guide tackles many of the issues that are relative to job seekers in a direct manner.

Todd writes clearly and effectively informing readers specifically where to look, what they should be doing, and what skills they should acquire in order to increase the chance of getting hired in the GIS industry. Education, salary, employers, networking, and motivation are only a few of the issues touched upon in this text.

It is an easy read and will leave you with more time to actually look for a GIS job. The career advice provided is sound and helpful, with real world strategies to help find a position instead of vague suggestions. This ebook would be useful to anyone thinking about pursuing a career in GIS and for the low price, it packs a punch and is well worth the $5!

If you are looking for GIS jobs then consider buying this great GIS job seeker book before investing in a more expensive and less clear book.

Careers in GIS: an Unfiltered Guide to Finding a GIS Job

E-Book for International Geospatial Job Seekers

The International Employment Guide to Geospatial Careers in Canada is an e-book designed for international geospatial job seekers looking to move to Canada to work in GIS, remote sensing, surveying, geodesy, and geomatics engineering.

This guide brings together a wealth of information and expert advice in one easy-to-read manual.

RADARSAT-1 Story: A Canadian Satellite

RADARSAT-1 Story: A Canadian Satellite

The RADARSAT-1 Story: A Canadian Satellite

The RADARSAT-1 Story: A Canadian Satellite is a 136 page book about the creation and operation of the first Canadian commercial Earth observation satellite, RADARSAT-1. RADARSAT-1 utilized synthetic aperture radar to obtain images used to help better manage natural resources and monitor climate change. RADARSAT-1 was featured on the back of the Canadian 100 dollar bill in 2004.

The RADARSAT book includes an extensive gallery of photos and images and documents how the RADARSAT program became an important part of Canada’s space history. You may also want to download some of the freely available RADARSAT-1 data.

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Free QGIS Tutorial

Free QGIS Tutorial

Free QGIS Tutorial

One of the more popular desktop geographic information system (GIS) software packages available these days happens to be the free open source software, called QGIS.

QGIS is a user friendly Open Source GIS licensed under the General Public License (GNU). QGIS provides a number of capabilities allowing you to manage, edit, visualize, analyse and create maps. The first step to making your own maps is to get all of the data that you will need, click here to download Canadian data.Free QGIS Tutorial

Below are some free tutorials to help you get started using QGIS.

First, download & install QGIS for free

  1. The Basics of QGIS
  2. Managing Your Data
  3. Adding Labels to Maps
  4. Adding Style to Maps
  5. Printing Maps
  6. Attaching Photos to Maps
  7. Useful Plugins

 

 


Land Applications of Radar Remote Sensing

Land Applications of Radar Remote Sensing

Synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) is a type of radar data that can be used to generate 3D images of terrestrial object, such as topography. SAR images have multiple applications in remote sensing and topographic mapping of surfaces.

Land Applications of Radar Remote Sensing [Free Book]The images are created from radio pulses that are transmitted towards a target area, then received and recorded. The pulse waves are usually transmitted and received with a single beam antenna, and the wavelengths used can be anywhere from a meter to a few centimeters.

The book Land Applications of Radar Remote Sensing demonstrates the use of SAR with topography and land cover. The authors go into extensive details on speckle and adaptive filtering, as well as digital elevation models (DEMs) and terrain modeling.

Land Applications of Radar Remote Sensing [Free Book]

This remote sensing book is completely free to read online as well as download in PDF format.

Chapter 1 Land Applications of Radar Remote Sensing [Free Book] - Synthetic Aperture Radar DataAdaptive Speckle Filtering in Radar Imagery
Chapter 2 Large Scale Mapping of Forests and Land Cover with Synthetic Aperture Radar Data
Chapter 3 Estimation of Cultivated Areas Using Multi-Temporal SAR Data
Chapter 4 Combining Moderate-Resolution Time-Series RS Data from SAR and Optical Sources for Rice Crop Characterisation: Examples from Bangladesh
Chapter 5 Change Detection and Classification Using High Resolution SAR Interferometry
Chapter 6 High Resolution Radargrammetry – 3D Terrain Modeling
Chapter 7 Fusion of Interferometric SAR and Photogrammetric Elevation Data
Chapter 8 Mapping of Ground Deformations with Interferometric Stacking Techniques
Chapter 9 SAR Data Analysis in Solid Earth Geophysics: From Science to Risk Management
Chapter 10 Dikes Stability Monitoring Versus Sinkholes and Subsidence, Dead Sea Region, Jordan

 

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QGIS 2 Cookbook

QGIS-2-CookBook

QGIS is a free user friendly open source desktop GIS software package used to create maps and analyze geospatial data. The application supports various formats such as vector, database and raster formats. One major advantage of QGIS is that it allows users to import open street map files that are also gaining popularity every day.

The QGIS 2 Cookbook is a large collection of techniques (simple through to advanced) that are used in everyday geomatics work, with detailed process to help accomplish those tasks using QGIS. By the time you are finished with this book, you should have all the necessary knowledge to better handle and visualize geospatial data,  with QGIS.

Get your copy of the QGIS 2 Cookbook here