Monthly Archives: May 2009

Managing Windows in a Web Course

 

Our Virtual Campus web courses get a lot of positive feedback, but one common complaint is that it’s difficult to manage multiple open windows when working through course exercises. There can be a lot of switching back and forth between the web browser window that contains the exercise instructions and the Esri software windows used to perform the exercise steps.

For example, sometimes both ArcMap and ArcCatalog are used in the same exercise, which means there are at least three open windows including the browser. If you have other applications open as well (e-mail, etc.), the switching back and forth can make it easy to lose your place in the instructions and forget which window you’re supposed to be working in. As one student put it: Continue reading

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Work Smarter with Geoprocessing Tools

 

In our last post, we talked about setting options to help adapt ArcMap to the way you work. In this post, we extend that conversation to organizing ArcGIS geoprocessing tools to match your workflows. Geoprocessing is at the core of all GIS projects, so it’s worth the few minutes it takes to arrange the tools to meet your project needs.

When you view geoprocessing tools in the ArcCatalog Catalog tree, you see the high-level organization of My Toolboxes and System Toolboxes. Within the System Toolboxes are all the toolboxes, toolsets, and individual tools that were installed with your software. (Which toolboxes, toolsets, and tools you see depends on the ArcGIS license level you’re working with and the ArcGIS extensions you have.) The geoprocessing tools are organized into logical groups based on type of geoprocessing tasks. Continue reading

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Save Time with ArcMap Options

ArcMap provides many tools and features for visualizing, maintaining, and analyzing your GIS data. The tools have default settings, but many can be changed to suit your workflows. Investing some time to explore those ubiquitous Options dialog boxes can pay off in time savings down the road.

Below are some of the options that can help your ArcMap work go faster. Continue reading

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Analyzing Student Travel Patterns

One of the cool things about working at Esri is the access to sophisticated GIS products that help us make decisions. Recently, we used Esri Business Analyst Desktop to analyze student travel patterns—that is, from where do students travel to attend an Esri  instructor-led training class? We want to understand student travel patterns to make sure we schedule classes appropriately and meet customer training needs.

The goal of the project was to answer two questions:

  • Do the majority of U.S. students travel to the Esri training site closest to them?
  • Are there areas in the U.S. that are underserved with regard to access to an Esri  training site?

What better tool than GIS to answer these questions?

Paige Hayes, a project manager with Esri Training Services, performed the analysis. Below, Paige describes the methodology she used, the analysis results she obtained, and the decisions that were made based on the analysis results. Continue reading

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May Flowers and Training Hours

 

Here we are, welcoming the merry month of May and how many of you have kept your New Year’s training resolutions? Remember those? You were going to heed the president’s call to invest in education and skills development to maintain your competitive advantage and stay agile in this rollercoaster economy?

Well, don’t worry, everyone falters when it comes to keeping pesky resolutions. There’s still time—eight whole months!—to achieve your goals. To help you get back on track, here are some recommendations for a quick GIS training fix that can get you back on the path to resolving your resolutions. Continue reading

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