Tag: Symbology

Petroleum Symbols in ArcGIS Pro

ArcGIS Pro is the premier professional desktop GIS application for creating and working with 2D and 3D spatial data. With Petroleum customers now using ArcGIS Pro to create map products, the Natural Resources team have worked closely with the Petroleum community and our ArcGIS Pro development team to streamline the way you create maps using industry standard symbols.

Shell Standard Legend

Shell developed a comprehensive cartographic symbol set to support hydrocarbon exploration and petroleum engineering called the ‘Shell Standard Legend’. In January of 2014, IOGP published this article which provided Esri style files for all organizations to use.

The Shell Standard – Red and Shell Standard – Green along with a very recent update of their true type fonts have been hosted within Esri’s official style gallery so that you can use them directly within ArcGIS Pro.

Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association

PPDM is a global, not-for-profit society within the Petroleum industry. As part of their support for operating companies, regulators, consulting companies, and data management  professionals, they have a widely adopted industry standard symbology.

We have created the ArcGIS Pro version of this popular PPDM style file and hosted it within Esri’s style gallery along with the Shell styles mentioned above.

To learn how to use the Esri hosted Shell styles and the PPDM within ArcGIS Pro, please follow the steps listed in this blog article from Chait Gaddam.

Moving forward, the Natural Resources team will be providing more direct, industry specific product integrations (additional style files, field data collection templates, code samples, and more) so that our community can improve the way they leverage Esri products within their organization.

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Importing Older Styles into ArcGIS Pro

Written By Chait Gaddam

Styles are collections of symbols and other map components that can promote consistency across related map products or organizations. Styles created in previous versions of ArcGIS for Desktop can be used easily in ArcGIS Pro. To import these files:

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Styles group, click Import.
  2. Browse to a style file (.style) on your computer or network and click Open.

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Play in the JavaScript symbol playground


Version 3.15 of the ArcGIS API for JavaScript introduced a convenient new app called the Symbol Playground to help developers create symbology for visualizing features in web applications. This app helps improve the experience for designing, coding, and ultimately understanding … Continue reading

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ArcGIS Solutions symbols now have a repo on GitHub


ArcGIS Solutions, which include Local Government, Utilities, Intelligence, and Military, to name a few, now have a GitHub Repo dedicated to symbols used in our templates. The first symbol set in the repo is the SIGACT symbols used in the … Continue reading

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A quicker and easier way to change the raster color ramp


Traditionally, if you want to change the color ramp for raster layer, you would need to open up Properties window and then navigate to the Symbology tab.  Then you change the color ramp, and hit OK to persist it.  This … Continue reading

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Identical classified rendering for all your raster tiles


Do you have several raster layers that you want to display with the exact same classified symbology? You may want to do this, so that your raster tiles look seamless. However the effort to change the class breaks and color … Continue reading

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Telling thematic stories in ArcGIS Online

By Kenneth Field (Research Cartographer), Damien Demaj (ArcGIS Online Cartography) and Linda Beale (Geoprocessing)

Telling thematic stories in ArcGIS OnlineAt the 2012 Esri Education GIS Conference and the 2012 Esri International User Conference, we demonstrated how you can build informative thematic maps using the ArcGIS System.  The purpose of the sessions was to take relatively simple datasets and create a range of alternative thematic map types that told a story in different ways.  This demonstrated the techniques for creating the maps using ArcGIS for Desktop as our authoring environment and ArcGIS Online as our publishing mechanism.  As the XXX Olympiad is currently taking place in London, UK we illustrated how alternative maps can be made to tell different stories of the relative success of nations over the period since the first Olympic games in 1896. Continue reading

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Vegetation map inspires a style with great colors

By Jaynya Richards, Esri Research Cartographer

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Because we love the colors used on the vegetation map in the The National Atlas of the United States of America, one of our cartographers put together a style with these colors so you can use them on your maps, too. You can download the style from here on Mapping Center’s ArcGIS Resources > Styles page.

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Pie sector features communicate multivariate data

By Kenneth Field, Esri Research Cartographer

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In many industries, simple geometric shapes such as squares and circles do not adequately represent objects.  Some phenomena are just more complicated and require alternative approaches to represent them meaningfully.  We had a question on Ask a Cartographer recently about creating pie segment shapes as features to support a requirement in the telecommunications industry.  The geometry of the feature needed to represent the signal emitted from a cellphone mast.  This sort of geometry cannot be built out of the box but by using Python we were able to build a custom Geoprocessing tool that could automate the process and build the features required.  In this blog entry we explain why a pie segment better represents a cellphone signal, how they were constructed and what data are needed to run the tool.  We also share the Geoprocessing tool so that others with this requirement can make similar maps. Continue reading

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Save, Share and Quickly Apply Map Settings

When it comes to map production one of the most common challenges is to manage all of your organization’s mapping standards. Esri Production Mapping’s views helps address this challenge. With views you’re able to save your data frame and layer properties to the geodatabase and apply them at any time in ArcMap. This ensures production staff are utilizing the latest and greatest map settings defined by your organization, and promotes standardization and consistency across your map products.

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