Tag Archives: ArcMap

A HIDDEN GEM: How to convert MapInfo files (.MIF, .MID) into Esri’s shape files using ArcGIS for Desktop

The aim of this blog is to share with you a somewhat hidden workflow that easily allows any ArcGIS for Desktop user to convert MapInfo file formats. The MapInfo Interchange Formats in question here are (i) the .MIF file, which contains the graphics or actual points that represent the objects, and (ii) the .MID file, which contains any corresponding textual information about the objects.

For anyone that has needed to convert MapInfo file formats into Esri’s shape file format, for use in the multitude of ArcGIS workflows; then you would know this process may have involved any of the following:

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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

Tips for Mapinfo users transitioning to ArcMap

As a Mapinfo Professional trained user starting ArcMap for the first time I was comforted by the presence of some familiar looking buttons for map navigation and standard functions like saving and printing.

However as soon as I tried to open a layer for the first time this is where things started to feel a little less familiar. Being used to opening a Tab file from the File menu and expecting to do the same with a Shape file I found this was not the case. The solution is to use the Catalog window typically docked on the right hand side. Having gotten used to the Catalog which is basically an explorer window where one can drag and drop files into the ‘Map Window, sorry ‘Data Frame’. Continue reading

Rinse and Repeat! Working with Modelbuilder Iterators


Modelbuilder is often an afterthought to most GIS analysts, however, it can be a powerful tool when it comes to building and replicating complex workflows, as well as automating those boring, tedious tasks.

Iterators are unique to models, and allow you to loop through a process on unique values, tables, layers in your map document, or even workspaces.

Let’s have a look at iterators, and how you can use them.

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Moving Service Layer Credits 10.1

If you’ve started using 10.1 you’ll notice the new service layer credits of basemaps appears in the layout window. What you might not know, is that while you can’t remove the service layer credits due to licensing agreements, you can move them using the dynamic text function.

Go to main menu at Insert > Dynamic Text > Service Layer Credits

You’ll then have the flexibility to move, resize, and change the font of the text.

Keera P

Workspace Clip Geoprocessing model

I’ve had a few requests in recent training courses for a model that will clip a base dataset to a specific project area. Say, for example, you have several regional datasets like roads, rivers, cities, and vegetation, and you need to clip them all to your study area. What’s a quick and easy way to do it? I recently found this great geoprocessing model called Workspace Clip.

This model takes base data stored in a workspace  folder, geodatabase, or feature dataset, and creates a subset based on a study area. If, for example, I have an urban planning project for an area in Wollongong, I can run the model to create a subset of my regional data based on my project boundary. You can see the output below. The top image shows the original dataset, and the bottom image displays the clipped output.

The model quickly created base data for my new project, so I can begin analysis and planning faster!


Keera P