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TeachMeGIS curriculum, KCGIS Center instructor

Previously known as Advanced GIS Operations

See also Fundamentals of ArcGIS and Intermediate GIS Concepts

Two-Day Class
15 hours

Registration & fee required

Continuing education units (CEUs): 1.5

GISCI educational achievement points: 0.375


King Street Center,
Computer Training Room

King County employee discount promo codes 
for online registrations (KCWeb)

No sessions are scheduled. However, you can arrange to have Data Management in the Geodatabase (for ArcGIS 10.x) taught to your team by special request. Please see our Custom & on-site training page to learn how.

GIS Software Used

ArcGIS Desktop version 10.x.


For many GIS projects, there is a simplified way to accomplish a task, as well as a more advanced approach for completing the same task. Now that you’re comfortable with the basic functionality of ArcGIS, you may be looking for some more advanced methods of accomplishing your goals. Maybe you want to set some restrictions on your datasets to make sure the appropriate attribute values are always used, or to ensure that there are never gaps between parcel boundaries. Maybe you want to make more permanent connections between datasets and tables. Or perhaps you’d like to tie events, such as a set of bus stops, along line features with automated ease. These advanced operations are often overlooked, but can greatly enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of GIS.


This class is for those who are already comfortable with the basics of ArcGIS and want to learn more about working with the enhanced functionality of geodatabases in ArcGIS.

Topics Covered

Day 1
  • The File Geodatabase—A quick overview of the features and functions available within the file geodatabase.
    • Geodatabase structure
    • Database design
  • Maintaining Data Integrity—Setting attribute rules for your datasets to ensure accuracy and maintain consistency.
    • Domains
    • Subtypes
  • Linear Referencing—See multiple events along a line, such as potholes or bus stops, and see how attributes, such as pavement quality or speed limit, change along portions of the same line.
    • Linear referencing defined
    • Events
    • Hatching
  • Geometric Networks—Connect points and lines into a network that helps you see how features are connected, display flow along the networks, and detect how potential problems will affect conditions down the line.
    • Creation
    • Maintenance
    • Editing
Day 2
  • Geodatabase Topology—Setting geometry rules on your datasets to maintain quality and easily locate and fix errors.
    • Creating geodatabase topology
    • Topology rules
    • Fixing topology errors
  • Quality Control Tips & Tricks—A collection of tools and functions in ArcGIS that help analyze and maintain data quality.
    • SQL (Structured Query Language)
    • Field calculator
    • Geometry QC (quality control)
  • Relationship Classes—An introduction to connecting items in a geodatabase through relationship classes, making it easier to access and update related information.
    • Relationship class definition, properties, and uses
    • Attachments
  • Putting it All Together—Put all of these new skills into practice with a realistic project that traces a potential spill along a river network.
    • GIS Project includes domains, linear referencing, and geometric networks
  • Bonus Project—Test your GIS skills with this bonus project, which focuses on determining a potential pipeline route and onshore site with the least amount of risk involved.
    • GIS project life cycle
    • Project management tips
    • Project start to finish

Prerequisites and Recommendations

Students should have knowledge of Microsoft Windows® and be familiar with the basic use of ArcGIS, including the topics covered in Fundamentals of ArcGIS and Intermediate GIS Concepts.

What You Will Receive

  • 15 hours of instruction from a CompTIA Certified Technical Trainer (CTT).
  • Use of a student PC while in class, with appropriate GIS software and access to training data.
  • A TeachMeGIS student workbook (to keep) which includes the lecture slides, exercises, and a DVD of the training data.
  • Upon completion, a signed completion certificate which will indicate the CEUs (1.5) and GISCI points (0.375) earned.
  • KCGIS Center’s 30 for 30 Support—30 minutes of phone, email, or face-to-face support within 30 days after class completion. This is our commitment to you to help ensure that you can apply your new GIS skills successfully.

Our Students Speak

“I really enjoyed learning about subtypes, linear referencing, and relationship classes. I hadn't spent much time on these topics in other courses.”

“Great instructors and content. Comfortable class environment.”