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Global Mapper Training

This intensive two-day program introduces all of the major components of Global Mapper using simulated real-world scenarios and workflows.

The instruction technique is hands-on so each attendee must bring a Windows-based laptop computer to the class with the latest build of Global Mapper installed. If necessary, a temporary license file will be provided to enable all of the functionality of the software for the duration of the class. All data used during the class will be provided via FTP prior to the class.

For users who are new to Global Mapper, a concise self-guided Getting Started package will be sent a few weeks before the class. This package will include an array of materials and resources that will help new users understand the layout of the software as well as some of its basic features and functions. The intention of this package is to ensure that the classroom-based instruction focuses on the practical applications of Global Mapper. If supplementary training is required on some of the introductory components, a short web-based session can be arranged before the class. For more information and pricing, contact

All attendees who successfully complete the course, along with the LiDAR Module class, will be issued an official certificate of completion and will be recognized as Certified Global Mapper users.

Training Agenda

As a means to incorporate as much of Global Mapper's functionality as possible into the instruction process, attendees will be given the opportunity to follow a series of preconfigured workflows. While these workflows will typically focus on a specific component of Global Mapper, they will involve the use of a wide variety of tools, such as the Digitizer, Overlay Control Center, Configuration settings, etc.

The two-day class will cover the following:

  • An Introduction to Global Mapper
    • The Overlay Control Center
    • Configuration and settings
    • Layer options
    • Menus
    • Toolbars
    • The Digitizer
    • Saving a Workspace
  • Access to Data
    • Loading files
    • Loading all files in a folder
    • Creating a layer from an ASCII text file
    • Accessing online data
    • Managing projections
    • Creating a Map Catalog
    • Working with spatial databases
  • Digitizing and Vector Editing
    • Creating features
    • Modifying features
    • Coordinate geometry (COGO) input
    • Adding a template
    • Buffering
    • Creating a customized grid
    • Creating range rings
    • Creating a bounding box or coverage area
    • Creating holes in area features
    • Edge-matching polygons
    • Combining polygons and lines
    • Creating a Voronoi-Thiessen diagram
  • Attribute Management
    • Manually adding or editing attributes
    • Using Feature Types to manage attributes
    • Using a template to manage attributes
    • Joining attributes from an external file
    • Calculating attributes using a formula
    • Applying a URL to an attribute field
    • Adding a count of points contained within area features
    • Adding coordinate attributes to features
    • Copying attributes between features
    • Adding address attributes from a road layer
    • Creating a query
  • Map Display and Thematic Mapping
    • Manually changing the appearance of map features
    • Creating a choropleth map to reflect recurring attributes
    • Creating a choropleth map to reflect numeric ranges
    • Creating a density or heat map
    • Creating a graph to visualize attribute data
  • Image and Raster Data Processing
    • Adjusting the properties of raster data
    • Image rectification
    • Image vectorization
    • Raster calculation
    • Tiling and mosaicking
    • Blending raster layers
  • Terrain analysis
    • Generating a terrain surface from point data
    • Creating Contours
    • Watershed analysis
    • Line-of-sight and View shed analysis
    • Volume Calculation
    • Cut and fill analysis
    • Fly-through recording
    • Comparing terrain layers
  • Working with 3D Data
    • 3D Models
    • Creating 3D Vectors
    • 3D Point Symbols
  • Workflow Optimization
    • Using the Batch Converter
    • Scripting
  • Map Design
    • Labeling
    • Adding on-screen layout elements
    • Creating a page layout
    • Creating a map book
    • Printing the map
    • PDF creation
  • Data Export
    • Exporting files
    • Reprojection
    • Cropping
    • Tiling
    • Creating web tiles