12.114 | Fall 2005 | Undergraduate

Field Geology I


A Guide to Using ArcPad and ArcGIS to Make Geological Maps

Step One - Preparing Basemaps

Data Sources (PDF)

Dealing With Projections (PDF - 1.1 MB)

Changing Projections (PDF)

Setting Map Projections and Map Units

Loading ArcPad onto the iPAQs (PDF)

Loading MapSmith onto the iPAQs (PDF)

Step Two - Collecting Data on the iPAQ

Configuring the GPS Receiver Com 5

Collecting Data

Editing Data

Step Three - Transferring Data from the iPAQ to the Computer

Copying from iPAQ to Computer (PDF)

A Note on Organization (PDF)

Merging Data (PDF)

Making New Shapefiles (PDF)

Editing Vector Data (PDF)


Step Four - Dealing with Lines

Drawing Lines (PDF - 1.6 MB)

Snapping (PDF)

Modifying Lines (PDF)

Smoothing Lines (PDF - 1.3 MB)

Drawing Lines Using the Tablet Tools (PDF)

Step Five - All Things Symbology

Defining Symbology Categories

Line Symbols (PDF)

Strikes, Dips and Symbol Rotation (PDF - 1.5 MB)

Labeling and Annotations

Layer Files

Step Six - Finalizing the Map

From Lines to Polygons

Modifying Polygons

Layout View and Grids

Making a Legend, Adding a Scale Bar and Other Wonderful Things

Dealing with Specific Data Types

Making Slopemaps from DEMs (PDF - 1.4 MB)

Making Contours from DEMs


Exercise 1: Arc Map Introduction (PDF)

Exercise 2: Loading iPAQ with Data (PDF)

Exercise 3: Transferring Data (PDF)

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