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…

Esri PUG Papers 2000-2012

It’s nearly time for the 2013 Esri Petroleum GIS Conference, or “the PUG”. This year the conference is being held May 7-9, and is back in the George R. Brown Convention Centre in Houston, Texas. Last year before the conference I posted a blog that looked at the PUG papers back to 2009 and classified them…

Exprodat Exhibits at Esri Petroleum GIS Conference

Exprodat, the oil and gas services, software and training supplier will be exhibiting their GIS-based oil and gas solutions at the forthcoming Esri Petroleum GIS Conference (formerly known as the Petroleum User Group or PUG). Held between 7th and 9th May 2013, the conference will attract over 1500 petroleum, gas and pipeline GIS users to…

Top 10 ArcGIS Printing Checks

Turn good maps into great maps by running some final checks before you print it out. In this blog I’ve put together a list of 10 things to check before printing from ArcGIS that ensure that my maps are as good as they can be. By way of an overview I’ve provided an annotated reference example map…

Tip 24: Successful Editing

For anyone new to ArcGIS, using the editing tools can initially appear a little tricky, and while delivering our training courses I sometimes hear people say the editing process is not very intuitive. In an earlier Exprodat tip (Tip 20: ArcGIS Editing Sessions) I looked at selecting editable elements and organising templates. Here are a…