Geospatial Tutorials

Here's a list of short videos that demonstrate real-world geospatial applications. Visit NCTC Geospatial Course Resources for course notebooks and other supporting resources you can work independently through or review before attending a scheduled course.

ArcGIS Skillsets

This is a collection of short video tutorials that demonstrate real-world applications of ArcGIS Skillsets.

ArcMap Interface and Basics

  • Viewing Your Data (14m 27s)
    This tutorial is for someone who has never worked in ArcMap 10. You will learn how to navigate around the data view, work with toolbars, bring in data and change symbology, and create a new map document from scratch.

  • Working with Tables (19m 45s)
    • Introduction (43s)
      This is an introduction to the "Working with Tables" video series.

    • Viewing Your Attributes (2m 35s)
      Learn how to view the attributes of your GPS data using the HTML and Identify tools.

    • Editing in the Attributes Window (3m 5s)
      Learn how to select and modify the attributes of your GPS data from the Attributes Window.

    • Editing in the Attributes Table (8m 1s)
      This tutorial shows you how to select, query and modify the attributes of your GPS data in the Attributes Table. You will also learn how to use the Field Calculator and the Find and Replace tool to change multiple attributes at one time.

    • Calculating Simple Statistics, Acres, and Hectares (5m 21s)
      This tutorial will show you how to quickly generate descriptive statistics for a numeric data field and run a select by attribute query. You will also learn how to create new fields in your attribute table and calculate acres and hectares of a polygon feature class.
  • Calculating Acreage (10m 05s)
    One of the most requested tasks for any GIS user is calculating acreage for an area of interest. This short tutorial will step you through 3 different methods of how to perform this essential field task.

Data Development and Management

  • Creating Metadata (13m 43s)
    This tutorial shows you how to create essential metadata for your GIS layers. Metadata is the WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, and WHY about your data. Without it, your GPS data will be worthless because there will be no way to validate its quality or why it was collected in the first place.

  • 10 Reasons Why Geodatabases Rock! (26m 48s)
    • Part 1: Reasons 1-6 (11m 48s)
      This tutorial introduces you to a two part video series of why geodatabases should be the preferred GIS data file format instead of shapefiles. Part 1 of this video series shows popular applications of why geodatabases rock.

    • Part 2: Reasons 7-10 (15m)
      Part 2 of this video series shows more advanced applications of why geodatabases rock.
  • Creating a Geodatabase to Manage Legacy Data (16m 42s)
    This tutorial shows you how to convert a mesh of old shapefiles into a clean and smartfile geodatabase.

  • How to Create a Project Specific Database (20m 37s)
    This tutorial shows you how to create a file geodatabase for a specific project. The example used here is an invasive weed mapping project on the NCTC campus.

Map Creation and Design

  • Creating a Map Template (19m 28s)
    Learn how to open blank .mxd files and add graphic and text elements to create a template from scratch. This tutorial will also show you how to save the final template as a unique .mxt, and insert data layers in the map template using ArcMap10.

GPS Skillsets

Data Collection - Recreational Units

  • Garmin GPS Map76CSx (10m 47s)
    • Downloading Field Data Using DNRGPS (10m 47s)
      Learn how to modify the default settings in DNRGPS and use this software to download GPS field data from a Garmin Map76CSx GPS unit and save the data as a new feature class. You will also learn how to create a new file geodatabase and view the data in ArcMap 10.
  • Garmin OREGON 550t (28m 08s)
    • Modifying the Default Settings (07m 32s)
      Learn how to modify the factory settings on the Garmin Oregon 550t to make data collection more efficient and accurate.

    • Downloading Field Data Using DNRGPS (13m 25s)
      Learn how to modify the default settings in DNRGPS and use this software to download GPS field data from a Garmin Oregon 550t GPS unit and save the data as a new feature class. You will also learn how to create a new file geodatabase and view the data in ArcMap 10.

    • Adding GIS Layers to Your GPS Device (07m 11s)
      This tutorial will show you how to use DNRGPS to upload GIS layers onto a Garmin Oregon 550t GPS unit. You will also learn how to view the data on the GPS unit itself and finally, how to use Windows Explorer to delete the data.

Data Collection - Mapping Grade Units (Trimble)

  • ArcPad 10 (08m 14s)