Saturday, March 9, 2013

ArcGIS Mapping Tutorials

ciBioBase is much more than a powerful data processing engine, it is also a complete data services package.  Contour Innovations' Biologists and GIS Specialists on staff can help you get the data products you need to efficiently assess waterbodies and make sense of your output.

With your subscription to ciBioBase, you get access to basic GIS and survey tutorials and technical support for everything from suggested transect spacing to ways of analyzing ciBioBase outputs.

Access to ArcGIS Tutorials are available to all subscribers
Tutorial 1 covers converting ciBioBase grid point feature outputs into raster datasets (requires Spatial Analyst extension for ArcGIS).  Although many types of analyses can be done on the grid point data, converting to raster allows users to run a wider range of analyses, custom contouring and imagery, compare maps over time, and to create unique maps (e.g., plant canopy height grid).

Tutorial 2 covers a step-by-step process of creating transect lines in ArcGIS, converting the shapefile to a .gpx file, and then uploading as tracks/trails to your Lowrance HDS.

Transect lines can be created using an ArcGIS utility and converting the shapefile to a .gpx file for importing into your Lowrance HDS as a Trail.

Pre-planning transect coverage and following the lines on your HDS Chart ensures complete coverage of the area you intend to map.
ciBioBase provides all the tools and features necessary to users with no GIS experience to automatically create maps and data reports to carry out effective lake monitoring and management.  Nevertheless, CI supports a range of custom GIS and data analysis needs through these tutorials and help from technical support staff.  CI also has a range of contract offerings for bigger GIS or data analysis training needs or special jobs.  ciBioBase is more than an algorithm, it is a service that helps lake managers and researchers more efficiently and precisely measure the aquatic systems they are charged with understanding and managing.