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ArcKnow at NCAD:  ArcGIS 9

Manage our World!  ArcGIS 9 is revolutionary, complete software facilitating scalable GIS development and use. Learning ArcGIS ArcView is also learning ArcEditor and ArcInfo, as these latter products represent cumulative extensions of the robust base of capability provided in ArcView 9.  All ArcGIS products comprise the same primary application suite: ArcCatalog, ArcMap, and ArcToolBox.  ArcGIS provides the GeoDataBase, gdb, for advanced GIS data storage and analysis.  The ArcView "personal" geodatabase, pgdb, is based on Microsoft Access, while the enterprise geodatabase, egdb, editable in ArcEditor and ArcInfo, is based on Microsoft SQL Server and/or other relational database management systems.  With ver 9.2, ESRI includes the new, more capable "file" gdb, fgdb, along with the pgdb.  ArcGIS methods include:

ArcKnow II

Three day class.  Please see current Schedule.

The graduate of ArcKnow I is familiar with the interplay between ArcCatalog for spatial data management and ArcMap for GIS layer management and presentation.  In this second level, leaving no stone unturned, we focus on configuration and customization of ArcGIS enabling optimum use of these applications for the specific job at hand.

The layer is the building block with which to build the GIS, and we examine behavioral controls available for symbology and labeling leading to sophisticated, feature-linked annotation. We build GIS data layers from scratch, and from existing data, e.g. using geocoding.  We manage metadata and its roles in and out of the dataframe.

Our primary focus becomes the geodatabase, the center ring of ArcGIS.  We learn about GIS design and construction of feature datasets based on development of the schema describing the table field structure.  We examine the role of spatial and attribute domains, feature subtypes, and defaults to achieve optimum edit efficiency and implement dynamic behavior.  We examine the elegant implementation of topology, practically obsoleting the older coverage model, and use new editing tools on geometry in and out of geodatabase topologies.

The geodatabase supports the linear, topological, geometric network.  We examine construction and use of networks in common utility analysis.  We exercise the versatile ArcToolBox and the new geoprocessing framework.  Finally we complete one or more of 3 practical projects preparing and processing several data layers to:  (1) properly locate the new amusement park; (2) choose the next best site for a police station; (3) complete an environmental study.  Back to work, you will have the know-how to apply GIS to your most critical project with confidence.

Your Instructor, john schmidt, M.S., has been teaching ESRI technology since 1991, building on expertise with AutoCAD since 1987. Base knowledge: Religion, Medicine, Construction, Computer Engineering, and Knowledge Engineering.  John authored: http://www.esri.com/news/arcnews/fall01articles/visualizingearth.html, based on the 1997 document http://ncad.net/GI/dim3d.htm.

The price for ArcKnow II is $700.  The student provides the PC.

We are honored by your interest and look forward to the joy of learning with you!  Thank you for your enquiry.  We will respond with a no-obligation Registration Form for your consideration.

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Deputy Director, County Government --- 5/12/2004 6:59:12 AM

John took the time to research any questions that went beyond the prepared materials.  He has a true grasp of what it takes to be a teacher.  Examples done on the fly to address side questions were done efficiently and correctly, showing a great amount of skill with the software.  I will strongly recommend others to utilize John as an instructor.


Course Coordinator, State Government --- 4/28/2004 6:07:46 AM

The instructor was very knowledgeable and very helpful and pleasant.  The course was very enjoyable.


Director of Automation, Water Utility --- 12/5/2003 3:00:20 PM

Very impressive instructor...Superior presentation skills.  I felt very comfortable learning in the environment that John Schmidt created.


Engineering Operator - - - 5/22/2002 3:41:59 PM

The instructor had a very open mind about thoughts of the students and their questions. He made the students understand the topics by many alternatives. Excellent instructor.

Federal Geodetic Advisor - - - 5/23/2002 7:30:01 AM

The value of the instructors breadth and depth of knowledge about GIS and ESRI products was impressive. His ability and commitment to communicate this knowledge is unsurpassed by any other instructor I have ever studied with. I look forward to future opportunities to learn from this man.