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Name:

ArcMap- ArcGIS 9.3.1 (May 2009)

Produced:

ESRI, USA

Operating system:

Windows

Native filetype:

 

Description:

GIS mapping and GIS data analysis software

Next version release:

 

Homepage:

ESRI

[http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/

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See also:

GIS [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GIS]

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Link:

LEARN, The Catalogue

 

Official SupportPost a question to Media Centre

Introduction:

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

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.

Usability:

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).

Strengths/weaknesses:

 

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

[http://webhelp.esri.com/arcgisdesktop/9.2/index.cfm?TopicName=Tutorials]



To get you started Media Lab suggest the following tutorials:

Beginner A: Getting underway with ArcMap

http://webhelp.esri.com/arcgisdesktop/9.2/tutorials/GetStart_Ex2_1.htm

Beginner B: Map layers
 
http://webhelp.esri.com/arcgisdesktop/9.2/tutorials/GetStart_Ex2_2.htm

Beginner C: Further tutorials

http://webhelp.esri.com/arcgisdesktop/9.2/tutorials/getstart_tutorial_index.htm

Beginner D: PDF Tutorial

http://webhelp.esri.com/arcgisdesktop/9.2/pdf/ArcMap_Tutorial.pdf

Intermediate A: Animation in ArcMap

http://webhelp.esri.com/arcgisdesktop/9.2/tutorials/animationinarcmap_tutorial_index.htm

Intermediate B: Creating maps

http://soa.utexas.edu/crp/gis/ppm/tutorials/arcgis_basics/index.html

Intermediate C: Making and printing maps

http://libinfo.uark.edu/GIS/tutorials/tutorial6.pdf

Advanced A: Data analysis

http://libinfo.uark.edu/GIS/tutorials/tutorial6.pdf

Advanced B: Adding VBA code

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INVBWJa-X-0&NR=1

Advanced C: Querying data

http://libinfo.uark.edu/GIS/tutorials/tutorial3.pdf

Additional:

You will also likely find interesting:
Kardi Teknomo

[http://people.revoledu.com/kardi/tutorial/GIS/ArcMap.htm]


ESRI Library

[http://support.esri.com/index.cfm?fa=knowledgebase.documentation.viewDoc&PID=66&MetaID=1403]

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Published:

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

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