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Book Reviews – Learning ArcGIS Pro

Book Reviews - Learning ArcGIS Pro

Create, analyze, maintain, and share 2D and 3D maps with the powerful tools of ArcGIS Pro
About This Book

Visualize GIS data in 2D and 3D maps
Create GIS projects for quick and easy access to data, maps, and analysis tools
A practical guide that helps to import maps, globes, and scenes from ArcMap, ArcScene, or ArcGlobe

Who This Book Is For

This book is for anyone wishing to learn how ArcGIS Pro can be used to create maps and perform geospatial analysis. It will be especially helpful for those that have used ArcMap and ArcCatalog in the past and are looking to migrate to Esri’s newest desktop GIS solution. Though previous GIS experience is not required, you must have a solid foundation using Microsoft Windows. It is also helpful if you understand how to manage folders and files within the Microsoft Windows environment.
What You Will Learn

Install ArcGIS Pro and assign Licenses to users in your organization
Navigate and use the ArcGIS Pro ribbon interface to create maps and perform analysis
Create and manage ArcGIS Pro GIS Projects
Create 2D and 3D maps to visualize and analyze data
Author map layouts using cartographic tools and best practices to show off the results of your analysis and maps
Import existing map documents, scenes, and globes into your new ArcGIS Pro projects quickly
Create standardized workflows using Tasks
Automate analysis and processes using ModelBuilder and Python

In Detail

ArcGIS Pro is Esri’s newest desktop GIS application with powerful tools for visualizing, maintaining, and analyzing data. ArcGIS Pro makes use of the modern ribbon interface and 64-bit processing to increase the speed and efficiency of using GIS. It allows users to create amazing maps in both 2D and 3D quickly and easily.

This book will take you from software installation to performing geospatial analysis. It is packed with how-to’s for a host of commonly-performed tasks. You will start by learning how to download and install the software including hardware limitations and recommendations. Then you are exposed to the new Ribbon interface and how its smart design can make finding tools easier.

After you are exposed to the new interface, you are walked through the steps to create a new GIS Project to provide quick access to project resources. With a project created, you will learn how to construct 2D and 3D maps including how to add layers, adjust symbology, and control labeling. Next you will learn how to access and use analysis tools to help you answer real-world questions.

Lastly, you will learn how processes can be automated and standardized in ArcGIS Pro using Tasks, Models, and Python Scripts.

This book will provide an invaluable resource for all those seeking to use ArcGIS Pro as their primary GIS application or for those looking to migrate from ArcMap and ArcCatalog.
Style and approach

This book includes detailed explanations of the GIS functionality and workflows in ArcGIS Pro. These are supported by easy-to-follow exercises that will help you gain an understanding of how to use ArcGIS Pro to perform a range of tasks.

1. Introducing ArcGIS Pro
Installing ArcGIS Pro
ArcGIS Pro minimum system requirements
Operating system requirements
Hardware requirements
Other software requirements
Recommendations from the author
Downloading the install files
Installing ArcGIS Pro
Conducting a silent install for IT departments
Managing and assigning ArcGIS Pro licenses
The number and level of ArcGIS Pro licenses
Managing ArcGIS Pro licenses
Launching ArcGIS Pro
Downloading and installing exercise data
Opening an existing ArcGIS Pro project
2. Using ArcGIS Pro – Navigating through the Interface
Understanding the new interface terminology
The ArcGIS Pro interface terminology
Using the interface
Navigating the ribbon
Save As
The MAP tab
The Navigate group
The Explore tool
The Bookmarks tool
The Layer group
The Add Data tool
The Add Preset tool
The Selection group
The Select tool
The Select By Attributes tool
The Select By Location tool
The Inquiry group
The Infographics tool
The Measure tool
The Locate tool
Exercise 2A – working with the MAP tab
Step 1 – opening a project
Step 2 – navigating in the map
Step 3 – using the Infographics tool (optional)
Contextual tabs
The FEATURE LAYER contextual tab
Exercise 2B – working with 2D and 3D layers
Step 1 – opening the project and adding layers
Step 2 – changing symbology
Step 3 – labeling
Step 4 – working with a 3D layer
3. Creating and Working with ArcGIS Pro Projects
Working with an ArcGIS Pro project
Understanding project terminology
A project item
A portal item
A project package
The home folder
The default geodatabase
Using the Project pane
Exercise 3A – using the Project pane
Step 1 – open and save a project
Step 2 – navigating in the Project pane
Step 3 – adding a database connection
Step 4 – adjusting the layers
Step 5 – connecting to ArcGIS server
Creating a new project and project templates
Creating a new project with Esri templates
Exercise 3B – using an Esri template to create a new project
Step 1 – creating a new project using the Local scene template
Step 2 – connecting to data sources and adding your surface
Custom project templates
Exercise 3C – creating a custom project template
Step 1 – create a project
Step 2 – setting up a default map in the template
Step 3 – adding a layout from an existing map document
Step 4 – saving a project as a template
Step 5 – creating a new project using a custom template
4. Creating 2D Maps
Creating and configuring 2D maps
Creating a new map
Exercise 4A – adding and configuring layers in a map
Step 1 – creating the project
Step 2 – adding layers
Exercise 4B – adding a new map to a project
Step 1 – creating the new map
Step 2 – filtering a layer with a definition query
Step 3 – adding annotation to the map
Exercise 4C – using map and layer files
Step 1 – adding a new map using a map file
Step 2 – creating and using a layer file
Step 3 – labeling
Step 4 – configuring label conflict and placement options Challenge
5. Creating 3D Maps
3D maps
Exercise 5A – creating a simple 3D scene
Step 1 – creating a project and 3D scene
Step 2 – adding a layer
Step 3 – making a layer 3D
Ground elevations
Digital Elevation Models
Triangulated Irregular Networks
Extruding features
Other methods to display 3D data
Exercise 5B – creating a local scene
Step 1 – open a project and add a local scene
Step 2 – setting the ground surface
Step 3 – adding layers and setting symbology
6. Creating a Layout
Things you need to consider when designing a layout
The audience
The author’s story: A
The author’s story: B
A situation
Creating a layout in ArcGIS Pro
Exercise 6A – creating a simple layout
Step 1 – open ArcGIS Pro and your project
Step 2 – adding a new blank layout
Step 3 – displaying the desired area
Step 4 – adding other elements
Exercise 6B – creating and using a layout template
Step 1 – saving a template file
Step 2 – creating a new layout using a layout file
Step 3 – configuring a new layout
The challenge
7. Editing Spatial and Tabular Data
Editable data formats
Data formats – editable or not
How to know what format data is in
How to edit data using ArcGIS Pro
How to start editing features and attributes
Preparing to edit
The EDIT tab
Creating new features
Feature templates
Exercise 7A – creating new features
Step 1 – opening your project and preparing to edit
Step 2 – adding your source data
Step 3 – drawing a new sewer line
Step 4 – update attributes
Step 5 – drawing the manholes
Step 6 – adding the roads
Editing your schema
Adding a field
Field name
Field data types
which tools you can use?
Licensing levels
Extensions for ArcGIS Pro
Spatial Analyst
3D Analyst
Network Analyst
Exercise 8A – determining the license level and extension
Step 1 – open ArcGIS Pro
Step 2 – determining the license level and extension
The analysis process
Preparing data for analysis
The Clip tool
The Dissolve tool
The Project tool
The Merge tool
The Append tool
Exercise 8B – using the Clip and Dissolve tools
Step 1 – evaluate the data
Step 2 – clipping the streets
Step 3 – simplifying the data and calculating the total length
Step 4 – exporting a table to Excel
Other commonly used geoprocessing analysis tools
Overlay analysis
Proximity analysis
Multiple Ring Buffer
Exercise 8C – performing analysis
Step 1 – locating commercial properties near sewer lines
Step 2 – exporting selected parcels
Step 3 – determining how much of each commercial property is in the floodplain
Step 4 – selecting commercial parcels that are not in the floodplain
9. Creating and Using Tasks
What is a task?
Components of a task
Running a task
Exercise 9A – running a simple task
Step 1 – start ArcGIS Pro and open a project
Step 2 – opening and running a task
Creating tasks
Exercise 9B – exploring a task
Step 1 – open a project
Step 2 – opening a task in the Task Designer
Step 3 – Reviewing a task’s steps
Things to consider
What is the purpose or goal of the task?
What is the workflow which supports the purpose?
How will the task be used?
Who is the audience for the task?
Creating a task
Creating a Task Item
Creating a Task Group
Creating a task
Exercise 9C – creating a task
Step 1 – open is project and create a Task Item
Step 2 – creating a new task
Task steps
Components of a step
Exercise 9D – adding steps to a task
Step 1 – open task in the Task Designer
Step 2 – adding a step to zoom
Step 3 – selecting the street segment
Step 4 – selecting nearby parcels
Step 5 – exporting selections to Excel spreadsheet
Step 6 – run your task
10. Automating Processes with ModelBuilder and Python
Tasks, geoprocessing models, and Python scripts – what is the difference?
Geoprocessing model
Python script
What is the difference?
Creating geoprocessing models
Model components and terminology
Saving a model
Exercise 10A – creating a model
Step 1 – open the project and the ModelBuilder window
Step 2 – adding model components
3 – running the model
Some Python basics
Commenting and documenting your scripts
Data paths
The ArcPy module
Locating Python syntax for a geoprocessing tool
Exercise 10D – creating a Python script
Step 1 – open IDLE
Step 2 – writing the script
Step 3 – adding the script to ArcGIS Pro and running it
11. Sharing Your Work
Sharing content with those on your network
If they have ArcGIS Pro
A layer file
Exercise 11A – creating a layer file and using it
Step 1 – creating the layer file
Step 2 – using the layer file to add a layer to a map
Map files
The map file challenge
Layout files
The layout file challenge
If they don’t have ArcGIS Pro
Exporting to other GIS formats
Exercise 11B – exporting to KML
Step 1 – download and install Google Earth or Google Earth Pro
Step 2 – exporting to KML
Step 3 – opening KML/KMZ in Google Earth
Exporting to non-GIS formats
Exporting maps and layouts
Exporting tables
Sharing content with those not on your network
A layer package
Exercise 11C – creating a layer package
Step 1 – creating the layer package
Step 2 – testing the package
A map package
The map package challenge
Project packages
The project package challenge
A. ArcGIS Pro Glossary
B. Chapter Questions and Answers
Chapter 1 – Introducing ArcGIS Pro
Chapter 2 – Using ArcGIS Pro – Navigating through the Interface
Chapter 3 – Creating and Working with ArcGIS Pro Projects
Chapter 4 – Creating 2D Maps
Chapter 5 – Creating 3D Maps
Chapter 6 – Creating a Layout
Chapter 7 – Editing Spatial and Tabular Data
Chapter 8 – Geoprocessing
Chapter 9 – Creating and Using Tasks
Chapter 10 – Automating Processes with ModelBuilder and Python
Chapter 11 – Sharing Your Work

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