2020 is the year when people are finally “going Pro”. Many of our customers have been running ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro in parallel for some time. But in the last few months we have seen a marked increase in the pace of companies migrating from ArcMap to Pro.
At Exprodat we have also experienced this with a busy start to the year with our ArcGIS Pro training courses, and especially our virtual training offering. Anyone who’s made the transition from ArcMap to Pro can tell you it’s not a simple jump to make, as there’s a steep learning curve and old habits to overcome.
Here are four reasons why Exprodat’s training courses are an effective tool to support your migration to Pro.
1. Dedicated training time
Exprodat’s ArcGIS Pro Essentials for Petroleum course is a two-day training class dedicated to focused learning. Can’t travel? Don’t worry – we can deliver this remotely using virtual training technology. Whether you’re an existing ArcMap user or completely new to ArcGIS, this course will provide you with the ins and outs of Pro for the most commonly used workflows.
People often assume they can figure it out themselves (“Google is your friend”) but our experience with Pro shows that the learning curve is greatly reduced with a dedicated course. Users who attempt to teach themselves Pro can spend weeks struggling to find the right tools and workflows. Existing ArcMap users will find themselves flipping back and forth between the two applications until their confidence in Pro improves – causing duplication, wasted time and frustration.
In truth, ArcGIS Pro is simpler and faster to use than ArcMap – once you know how. People often comment how glad and relieved they are to have invested their time in our course as, after just 2 days, they can get back to work and be fully productive.
Exprodat’s courses are exclusively targeted at users in Petroleum, Energy and Natural Resources.
Our trainers have personal experience in these sectors, teaching real-world methods and workflows based on data sets typically encountered in these sectors. This is also reflected in our training manuals, which participants can take home with them as a handy reference.
Our industry experience enables participants to ask questions specific to their situation and workflows – and have these promptly answered. You can’t get this from generic online tutorials, videos, or how-to guides.
3. Experienced and certified Instructors
As professional, TAP-certified instructors, we recognise that every student is different and not everyone learns the same way. We aim to support individual learning needs and provide assistance as needed throughout the course.
During the course, participants enjoy a mix of lectures, demonstrations and, most of all, hands-on learning.
This is backed up by in-depth training manuals to take away for future reference, and free follow-on support.
4. Thirty days of post-training support
Many people don’t realise that our training courses include 30 days of free helpline support following the event.
During this period, our experienced GIS trainers and consultants are available to answer any questions you may have while applying newly learned skills in your own work environment.
Our support bridges the gap between learning and implementation, and ensures your investment in training pays off fully.
So – what are you waiting for?
Written by Alex Rexroad, GIS Consultant/Trainer