Esri South Africa releases first of its kind GISc diploma in 2016!

Education PlatformEsri South Africa has been providing training and professional education services for over 25 years. In interacting with this vibrant community of GIS users over the years, it become clear that there was a need for a formal qualification in the application and science of GIS&T.

Through some great collaborations, Esri South Africa is pleased to announce that we are now in the final process of registering a Diploma in Geographical Information Science and Technology (GISc & T). The diploma will be phased in from 2016 and is expected to fill a fundamental qualification gap in the South African geo-information sector

The diploma has been granted conditional accreditation by PLATO, and Esri South Africa is in the process of registering the diploma and modules forming part of the diploma with the Council on Higher Education.

The modules will then be registered with and accredited by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). Esri South are also in process of registering a private higher education institution with the Department of Higher Education and Training.

This course is targeted at candidates who want to pursue a career in the in the geo-information science and technology industry. In this course you will learn how to plan, build and implement a GIS project. The successful candidate should be able to obtain data for the use in a GIS, edit data, analyse data and share results as hardcopy maps or on the web. This diploma incorporates both the theoretical and practical aspects of Geo-information science and technology.

This is a blended learning course incorporating distance learning, compulsory workshops and practical fieldwork.

Please find more information on our website:!diploma-course/c1pdt


Getting domains into the Geodatabase the easy way

verosha1We are often faced with the challenge of having to create (or update) a vast number of domains within a Geodatabase. The common way to do this is through the Properties dialog in Catalog – but this is not helpful if you have tens or hundreds of domain values to type in.

Table to Domain to the rescue! This is a tool in the Data Management toolbox that you can use to directly translate a table (Excel, csv, database table, etc.) into a Geodatabase domain. Since it is a GP tool, you could add it to a model and schedule it to run periodically too – this is handy if you ever need to keep your domains up-to-date from another system.

The tool aims to save the user time, specifically if the original state of data is in an excel format. With this tool users are able to create or update a coded value domain with values from the table. One of the main benefits of domains is to reduce errors in data entry by eliminating invalid data entries. It also reduces data entry time by creating a series of automated drop-down menus.

Here is an easy 3-step guide:

Step 1: Add the table to ArcMap

Input data in Excel

Step 2: Search for the geoprocessing tool, Table to Domain. Fill out the parameters as follows:

Geoprocessing Tool

Step 3: Click OK, the tool will take a moment to complete

You can now see the domains in the Geodatabase properties window as follows:

Domains in the Geodatabase

For more information, see the online help at