Geotagging fieldwork photos

In a previous blog, we showed how to plot dip and strike readings taken by a field geologist within ArcGIS desktop. This blog looks at acquiring and displaying geotagged photos within ArcGIS desktop, another useful tool in the field geologists’ arsenal. Now, where was that again? Geotagging allows you to automatically capture the location information…

Zen your GIS strategy: part II

In the first part of this post I explored some fundamental truths about GIS and why, inspired by the principles of Design Thinking, a good GIS strategy needs to focus on people not technology. In this second and final part I shall explore how to go about creating a successful GIS strategy, using a simple…

Zen your GIS strategy: part I

“All great truths begin as blasphemies,” wrote the playwright George Bernard Shaw. So let’s get the ball rolling with some simple truths about GIS: A five-year old is better at GIS than most companies. Geographic information systems have been around for over 40 years. So it may be surprising that even today, many organisations still…

Exprodat Expands Petroleum ArcGIS Training in Australia

Exprodat, the oil and gas services, software and training supplier, has announced a series of public petroleum ArcGIS training courses in Perth, Australia to take place in July 2013. Following the hugely successful courses held in Houston, USA earlier this year, Exprodat has reacted to the demand from exploration and production staff in Australia and…

Creating Layer Files with Python

I have experienced, and no doubt you have too, the tedium of saving out many layer files for the layers you have just created in your ArcMap map document. Having spent perhaps hours perfecting the symbology – getting that labelling to show just as you would like, tweaking the colours so they’re just right –…

Creating a Multi-scale Geological Map

One of the key features of a GIS is the ability to view spatial data at any scale. To do this you need to understand what information should be displayed at what scale. This understanding is useful both for working within the GIS and for creating usable output, such as hardcopy maps or PDF map…