#GIS - ArcGIS Pro Course - from scratch

Learn ArcGIS Pro Easy - is a course designed for enthusiasts of geographic information systems, who want to learn how to use this Esri software, or users of previous versions who hope to update their knowledge in a practical way. ArcGIS Pro is the newest version of the most popular commercial GIS software, which ended with ArcMap 10x.

The course is designed by Golgi Alvarez, based on its AulaGEO methodology:

  • All in the same territorial environment,
  • Tasks done by an expert, explained out loud,
  • Take the course at your own pace, with access for life,
  • Option to ask questions when you want,
  • Materials and data available for download,
  • Access from mobile devices,
  • In Spanish and English.

The course consists of six sections; in the first five we work with data at the country level, learning step by step how to do routines on the same data. In the 6 section, a second model is worked on, and exercises are carried out on properties gradually, from importing data from AutoCAD / Excel to making complex expressions and thematizations based on external linked tables.

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Below is a summary of the course content.

1 section. Basics of ArcGIS Pro

Let's start with ArcGIS Pro. In this class, the new interface of the program is known, with content management in the left panel and the data catalog in the right panel. It is done by following an exercise using data from airports worldwide, consulting data about them and trying to become familiar with the upper ribbon and tools.

Data Selection In this class you learn the different ways of selecting objects, both by selection on the keyboard and based on tabular and spatial attributes. From now on all the work is done on a single territory at the country level.

Zone Marking (Bookmarks). Here we define how to establish quick selection zones, in order to be able to navigate in a practical way. This exercise is done using the satellite image service (world imagery) and it is taught how to create, move, zoom, edit or delete the area of ​​interest (bookmark).

2 section. Creation and edition of spatial data.

Add data from Excel. This includes step by step how to insert spatial data from an Excel coordinate table. In this case, geographical coordinates are used; in an exercise later, Excel UTM coordinates are always inserted. Of course, in this and the other exercises the files are included to be able to replicate the class.

Data Symbology This class includes applying thematic symbology based on the criteria of the tables. The regions at the country level are used for this, which throughout the year is the same (Madagascar).

Editing attribute data. Here on the same territory selected aspects such as editing alphanumeric data, modifying and adding columns, as well as area calculation and storage in tables based on a projection system are explained.

Labeling of attributes. Now, it is explained how to bring the tabular data of an object and visualize them as attributes (labels). It is explained how to do it for polygons, lines and points; as well as aspects related to the orientation of the sign.

Digitization of geographic information. Tools for editing spatial data are explained.

Georeferencing images. Here, using known points on an image, georeferencing is done based on the spatial layer.

3 section. Analysis of data

Influence analysis - Buffer. It is explained how to select a spatial data and on this apply geoprocessing of influence area, choose the type of alignment, type of end.

4 section. Publish content with ArcGIS Pro

Generation of Maps. Here we explain how to build a box for printing, explaining how to add elements to the map as a graphic scale, thematic symbology, north symbol, etc. It also explains how to export the map to other formats (pdf, png, jpg, eps, etc.) for printing or viewing with commonly used programs.

6 section. Let's do it - step by step exercises

In this section, on a second smaller work area, exercises are carried out applied to common tasks related to property. Remember the area that we turn into a digital model from images, using Regard3D, AutoDesk Recap and whose point cloud we send to Civil3D. For on this same area the following exercises are done using ArcGIS Pro, with more explanatory videos. All the exercises include the input data, the files necessary to do the exercise and the output results for checking.

Implications of the change from ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro. In this class, a tour of ArcGIS Pro, its interface is made, explaining the main changes, advantages and implications of this version compared to ArcMap. Each section of the upper band is explained, where are the main functionalities and their potential under the re-design that ArcGIS Pro had.

E1 jercicio. Import properties from an AutoCAD map to GIS. A dwg file from AutoCAD / Microstation is taken, and it's about importing from ArcGIS Pro; explaining what to do when the version is not compatible. Explains aspects such as, the separation of objects by layer, eliminate unnecessary objects such as the axis of that street that is over, the conversion to feature classes and conversion of objects that should be polygons but that came as lines as is the case of the polygons of the building, the grouping of lines that should be a single one in the case of the main axis of the river, the houses and the lagoon. Above all, how these CAD objects become GIS layers.

Exercise 2. Dismantling a site from GPS points in UTM format. Regarding the work imported from AutoCAD, a set of coordinates obtained with GPS that are in UTM format are used to carry out a property dismemberment. The exercise includes the tasks of importing the projected coordinates in XY form, assign them WGS84 projection, zone and then transform them into vertices in the map. On these, the option of creating sub-plot, snap control to digitize the dismemberment, calculate the perimeter and area in both square meters and conversion and storage in another column as hectares is applied.

Exercise 3. Composition of complex calculated fields. This exercise is unique. Treats, continuing with the property development, explains how to make more complex linkages, such as a cadastral key based on the centroid in the form P-coordinateX, coordinate Y, a hyphen and then a number.

Exercise 4. Buffer Analysis. On the river that crosses the farms, the calculation of the area of ​​influence is made, using a buffer of 15 meters from the axis in the main river and 7.5 meters in the tributaries. Additionally, it shows how to do the dissolution to have a single polygon of the area of ​​influence.

Exercise 5. Labeling of attributes. Now, as a continuation of the work with the properties, we explain how to create expressions to link several data from different columns of the table in the form of labels. In this case, the cadastral code that we previously formed, and the area adding the A = before the value. Additionally, it explains how to rotate the label, in the case of the names of the axes of the rivers and also how to apply special effects and customize the style of the text.

Exercise 6. Thematization by attributes. This part of the course teaches, as based on the tabular data, the properties can be thematised, using the criteria and functionalities of ArcGIS Pro. An Excel table is linked to the owners of the properties, and searches are made of the properties that they have a special condition, for example where the owner has the name «Juan», where there is no identity card and then it is thematized based on criteria.

Exercise 7. Digitization tricks This class is focused on the aspects of creation and editing of spatial data. It explains digitizing tricks like making a hole in a plot starting in the lagoon, how to fill the polygon of the channel using self-completion or how to draw along the river using the trace tool.

Exercise 8. Georeferencing images. Here, having an image of which UTM coordinates are known, georeferencing is done. Unlike the exercise of the previous section, the tuning is done based on these coordinates drawn as vertex X, Y. There could be other ArcGIS Pro courses. Maybe none like this.

Once you acquire the Course, you can access it for life and take it at your own pace as many times as you want.

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