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ArcGIS (Desktop)

ArcGIS is the primary product used by GIS professionals to compile, use, and manage geographic information. It includes comprehensive professional GIS applications that support a number of GIS tasks, including mapping, data compilation, analysis, geodatabase management, and geographic information sharing.

ArcGIS Desktop includes a suite of applications: ArcMap, ArcCatalog, ArcGlobe, ArcScene, ArcToolbox, and ModelBuilder. Using these applications and interfaces, you can perform any GIS tasks from simple to advanced.

ArcGIS Desktop is scalable and can address the needs of many types of user. It is available at three functional levels:

  • ArcView focuses on comprehensive data use, mapping, and analysis
  • ArcEditor adds advanced geodatabase editing and data creation
  • ArcInfo is a complete, professional GIS desktop containing comprehensive GIS functionality and rich geoprocessing tools

A summary of the differences between the levels of functionality is available on the Esri website. (Note that the traditional names for these levels of functionality, ArcView, ArcEditor and ArcInfo, are being replaced by the terms Basic, Standard and Advanced, respectively. Some Esri documentation uses the new terms without reference to the traditional terms.)

A number of specialised software capabilities are available as add-on extensions to ArcGIS Desktop. Each extension enables the addition of capabilities such as raster geoprocessing, 3D GIS, and network analysis. Most of these extensions provide functionality at all levels, though some only provide functionality at ArcEditor (Standard) or ArcInfo (Advanced) levels.

The University's ArcGIS site licence includes all three levels of functionality and the following ArcGIS extensions:

  • 3D Analyst
  • Geostatistical Analyst
  • Spatial Analyst
  • Network Analyst
  • ArcGIS Publisher
  • ArcGIS Schematics
  • ArcScan for ArcGIS
  • Maplex for ArcGIS
  • Tracking Analyst
  • ArcGIS Workflow Manager
  • ArcGIS Data Reviewer
  • Productivity Suite

A summary of the extensions (including others that are available at extra cost) and a full functionality matrix are available from the Esri web site.

Note that the current supported version of ArcGIS is 10.5.1 Productivity Suite v3.4.5 for ArcGIS is also available.

  • Staff: ArcGIS is covered by the University's ArcGIS site licence, which allows installation on any University-owned PC at no further charge per copy. Academic Services covers the cost of this licence centrally.
  • Students: The licence agreement we have for ArcGIS permits you to install a copy of ArcGIS Desktop and the Productivity Suite on your personally-owned PC for the duration of your course. To obtain the ArcGIS Desktop software, students can download the software and an installation guide from the Home Software Hub.

You must follow the activations instructions VERY carefully.

  • When you download ArcGIS you will receive a unique licence code which you must 'activate' this licence-code on the ESRI web-site before the licence-code can be used to 'authorise' the software.
  • If you need to download the software more than once, please contact the and explain this - they will arrange for you to be able to download this again.

ARCGIS suite is currently deployed to:

  • Amory 24 hour room
  • Hatherly B12
  • Hatherly B8
  • Amory study centre
  • Expo Lab 2 (surface tables)
  • Streatham Court
  • Washington Singer 220-221

Software accessed by:

Start Menu > Programs > Local Applications > College of Life Sciences > ArcGIS > HEC > HEC-RAS

If you wish to use the University ArcGIS licence overseas, you must complete an Overseas Use Request form first