Integrating ArcGIS Desktop and Google Earth
GeoSpatial Training Services is pleased to announce the March 1st release of our new e-learning course “Integrating ArcGIS Desktop and Google Earth“. This course will replace our existing e-learning course “Google Earth for ArcGIS Users”.
- Reasons for Migrating ArcGIS Data to Google Earth
There are many reasons why you may want to visualize your existing ArcGIS data in a Google Earth viewer. Perhaps you simply like the convenience of using the built in base maps and aerial photography provided by Google Earth. Other reasons include the ease of use and familiarity your users already have with the product or perhaps you would like to reach a wider audience for your data products. This can easily be done by placing your Google Earth format files on a publicly accessible web site and allowing Google to include them in search results. Because all your data for a particular Google Earth project can be contained within a single file it is also easy to distribute to many users. Finally, many users like the enhanced data visualization that can be accomplished with Google Earth.
- How Google Earth Displays Geographic Data
In this section of the course we will cover some basic KML concepts including the structure of a KML document, and the primary elements used to represent basic geographic features including points, lines, and polygons. We’ll also discover how to drape raster images across the Google Earth terrain and add legends to the display.
- Advanced Google Earth Functions
In the Advanced Google Earth functions section of the course you will learn how to add and display geographic data that has a time component, use Google Earth when you’re not connected to the Internet, and finally we’ll take a look at the use of Network Links for dynamically streaming data updates tot he Google Earth viewer.
- ArcGIS Desktop Translation Tools for Google Earth
The release of ArcGIS 9.3 saw the introduction of two geoprocessing tools that you can use to export individual layers as well as entire data frames to Google Earth format. These tools include “Layer to KML” which is used to export a single layer to Google Earth, and “Map to KML” which can be used to export all the visible layers in your data frame to Google Earth in either vector or raster format.
- Third Party Tools for Translating ArcGIS Data to Google Earth
In the final section of this course we will examine two third-party extensions for converting ArcGIS data to Google Earth: Arc2Earth and Export to KML.
In addition, this course contains 6 exercises designed to re-inforce the concepts that you learn in lecture.