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2016: The Year of the Parcel Fabric

One of the many new additions to ArcMap 10 was the introduction of Parcel Editor. Some of you may remember this as a replacement for the Survey Analyst Cadastral Editor product. With this new addition the cadastral fabric dataset was replaced with the new parcel fabric. At the time many just looked at this with a passing interest, especially those with cadastral systems already in place.

So why should 2016 be the year of the Parcel Fabric for you? Here are my top three reasons why it should be. Continue reading

Ozri 2015 GIS Generations

Tips and tricks for ArcGIS for Desktop

With ArcGIS for Desktop being such a complete piece of software with tools to suit a diverse range of professions, it’s easy to see how those of you new to GIS and Esri can quickly become daunted by all the options available. This is what today’s session was all about. With Richard and myself being able to combine our years of experience as ArcGIS for Desktop users we could give those of you new to the software, and even those with some more experience, a few of our favourite little tips. And hopefully you can take this knowledge away with you to improve some of your day-to-day workflows.

Top tips and tricks for ArcGIS Desktop

If you weren’t able to attend the session, here are some of the key highlights:

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CAD Data Made Useful

Who draws in millimetres? And why is that facility drawn in some arbitrary location with no spatial reference what so ever?

In the world of engineering drawings spatial reference is almost irrelevant, after all that’s the surveyors concern, they’ll tell them where needs to go. The engineering plan is there to explain the size and materials etc of a particular feature. So what can we do with that data? How can we integrate it with the data that is already in our spatially aware GIS? Well with a few simple steps we can easily bring this data into our maps and make use of it.

The Georeferencing Toolbar

If you’re often working with CAD data you’ll need to familiar yourself with this useful set of tools. This tool bar is made up of tools that simply allow us to position our data in the right place as well as precision tools for applying geographic coordinates to control points.

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FAQ: Basemaps not aligning with your vectors?

Are you an ArcGIS for Windows Mobile user who has been experiencing problems with the simple task of zooming? If you are then you are not alone, there are a few that have been experiencing these problems and there is a simple fix.

Firstly the background to the problem.

What some have been experiencing is when zooming in and out or panning using ArcGIS for Windows Mobile both operational layers and basemaps have been displaying a shift.

Initially all is fine with vectors and basemaps aligning but as the user zooms and pans and the map the basemaps no longer align with the vectors.

This is the case for all users but has been reported by some Panasonic and Motion tablet users.

Now for the simple fix.

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Get that CAD Monkey Off Your Back

Cad_Tools We’ve all known for a while now that we can open CAD data, AutoCAD’s dwg and dxf formats and Microstations dgn format, and most of us have probably at least looked at Conversion Tools and noticed the ‘To CAD’ toolbox but how many of you have gone all the way? If you are curious and want to streamline the process it could be time to read on.

Now draftees aren’t as different as they seem, they’re particular about accuracy and they love layers or levels depending on your preferences. And don’t we all.

In the past you may have used the ‘Export To CAD‘ tool and sent them on their merry way. They have then had to go back and work on that outputted cad file making changes to suit their standards. Now we can actually be much kinder than that with very little effort.

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