ArcGIS Applications

Using ArcMap and ArcCatalog:

The assignment covered an introduction to ESRI's ArcGIS including its ArcMap and ArcCatalog components. It also helped in learning the interface and functionality of ArcGIS elements while providing user practice by answering various questions. Moreover, the assignment focused on teaching the user how to display map data in ArcMap, interact with data in ArcCatalog, and finally, create and use appropriate symbology when designing a map.

Data Classification:

The purpose of the following assignment was to gain a basic familiarity with standard data classification using ESRI’s ArcGIS: ArcMap and to manually classify feature data. The knowledge gained from the assignment included learning how to classify both vector and raster data using ArcGIS and the ability to use the application of scaled symbology as well as advanced aspects of labeling to represent data. Moreover, the assignment also taught how to create and edit data using the editor tool in ArcGIS as well as how to manipulate shapefiles and personal geodatabases using ESRI’s ArcGIS: ArcCatalog. Lastly, the assignment introduced how to calculate areas using a personal database.

Exploring and Designing Geodatabases:

The purpose of the following assignment served as a means to introduce the exploration and design of geodatabases in the form of both design and creation through theory based learning as well as practicality through geodatabase design based on scenarios. The knowledge gained from the assignment included, learning about multiple aspects about the three different types of geodatabases and the components of a geodatabase. It also taught how to choose the most appropriate geodatabase based on certain situations. Lastly, the ability to work with geodatabases using ESRI’s ArcGIS: ArcMap and ArcCatalog software. By designing geodatabases that include feature classes, domains, and subtypes, and integrity rules to point and linear feature classes, the goal of learning how to think through geodatabase design, data integrity, behaviour, and accuracy was achieved.

ArcGIS Major Assignment:

The purpose of the following assignment serves as a means for bringing the concepts and methodologies learned in the introduction ArcGIS course together. It gives the opportunity to demonstrate the abilities learned in ESRIs ArcGIS, specifically ArcMap, ArcCatalog, and ArcToolbox. This was done by undertaking a spatial analysis for twelve wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. The knowledge gained from the assignment included learning how to create a personal geodatabase and to analyze spatial data that are part of a dataset. It also taught how to manipulate data including, importing a base map, joining data, changing coordinate systems and projects, buffering, and overlaying. Lastly, the assignment served to the ability to create formal maps with proper symbology as well as incorporating all the map elements maps need to have.