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ArcMap- ArcGIS 9.3.1 (May 2009)



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GIS mapping and GIS data analysis software

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ArcGIS is suite of programs which offer GIS (geographic information system) modelling and mapping and GIS data analysis functionality.  The suite includes ArcMap, ArcViewer and ArcReader.  ESRI is one of the largest GIS software providers on the market.

Of this suite of programs, ArcMap is the main component and the most highly functional.  The following information therefore pertains primarily to ArcMap


Primary functions:

Primary functions of ArcMap include:
1.     GIS mapping and map modification
2.     GIS to CAD file exporting
3.     GIS data analysis {{color:black}} |

Primary outputs:

Main outputs from ArcMap are maps including:
1.     Digital 3D terrain maps can be imported as 3D meshes into 3DS Max and AutoCAD to simulate site topography allowing for later environmental analysis in the likes of Ecotect.  Also, for rendering purposes it is often necesarry to include terrain.
2.     2D site maps/plans are exportable directly from ArcMap as 2D drawing files, such as DWG, which are then imported to CAD software for site planning, documentation and modelling.
3.     Printing of site maps and mapping images, data geographies and geographic information.


Though ArcMap is not particularly easy to pick up and has below average levels of interface usability it is very popular. 

It uses both command lines and graphic menus to input information into the program. 

The program has relatively high levels of interoperability being of course fully integrated with other ArcGIS programs and relatively well connected with programs such as those comprising the Autodesk suite (AutoCAD, 3DS Max etc).



Learning support:

Due to ESRI¿s dominant industry position ArcMap is one of, if not the, primary GIS software, there is naturally extensive support available.  Good software manuals issued by ESRI for ArcMap can be found here

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To get you started Media Lab suggest the following tutorials:
Beginner A: Getting underway with ArcMap Added
Beginner B: Map layers Added
Beginner C: Further tutorials
Beginner D: PDF TUTORIAL Added

Intermediate A: Animation in ArcMap Added
Intermediate B: Creating maps Added
Intermediate C: Making and printing maps Added

Advanced A: Data analysis Added
Advanced B: Adding VBA code Added
Advanced C: Querying data Added


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First published Mon. 1 Feb. 2010, substantive revision:
Wed. 14 April. 2010