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Global Mapper course


Global Mapper is a geographic information system (GIS) software package currently developed by Blue Marble Geographics that runs on Microsoft Windows.The GIS software competes with ESRI, GeoMedia, Manifold System, and MapInfo GIS products. Global Mapper handles both vector, raster, and elevation data, and provides viewing, conversion, and other general GIS features. Global Mapper is more than just a utility; it offers a surprisingly extensive collection of analysis and data processing tools in a truly affordable package. Providing support for virtually every known spatial file format as well as direct access to common spatial databases, this remarkable application can read, write, and analyze all of your current data.

Global Mapper's intuitive user interface and logical layout helps smooth the learning curve and ensures that users will be up-and-running in no time. Participants will benefit from efficient data processing, accurate map creation and optimized spatial data management.

Learning objectives

Upon completion of the course, the participant(s) should have been well equipped to perform the following:

  • Create and convert data in Global Mapper
  • Digitize and edit vector data
  • Thematic map and display
  • Image and raster data processing
  • 3d data analysis
  • Terrain analysis
  • Tasks automation through Global mapper scripting


All interested to learn Global Mapper.

Those with prior knowledge in Global Mapper but would like to enhance their skills further.


10 days

Topics to be covered

  • An Introduction to Global Mapper
  • Access to Data
  • Digitizing and Vector Editing
  • Attribute Management
  • Map Display and Thematic Mapping
  • Image and Raster Data Processing
  • Terrain analysis
  • Working with 3D Data
  • Workflow Optimization
  • Map Design
  • Data Export

Module1: An Introduction to Global Mapper

    • The Overlay Control Center
    • Configuration and settings
    • Layer options
    • Menus
    • Toolbars
    • The Digitizer
    • Saving a Workspace

Module 2: 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

Module 3: 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

Module 4: 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

Module 5: 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

Module 6: Image and Raster Data Processing

    • Adjusting the properties of raster data
    • Image rectification
    • Image vectorization
    • Raster calculation
    • Tiling and mosaicking
    • Blending raster layers

Module 7: 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

Module 8: Working with 3D Data

    • 3D Models
    • Creating 3D Vectors
    • 3D Point Symbols

Module 9: Workflow Optimization

    • Using the Batch Converter
    • Scripting

Module 10: Map Design and output

  • 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



The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprises of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.


Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Services (IRES) certificate.


The will be held at The IRES Training Centre, Nairobi. The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, lunch, and study visits.

All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.


Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

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Tel: 020 211 3814


Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before C.O.B  17th June 2018.

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Payment for the all courses includes a registration fee, which is non-refundable, and equals 15% of the total sum of the course fee.


This scheduled course can also be tailored for your organisation. To find out how our tailor-made training can help your organisation, call our team on

Mob: +254 715 077 817

Tel: 020 211 3814

Please Note: The program content shown here is for guidance purposes only. Our continuous course improvement process may lead to changes in topics and course structure.

Event Properties

Event Duration 10 Days
Event Date 24-06-2019
Event End Date 05-07-2019
Cut off date 17-06-2019
Individual Price(Kenyan) KES 150,000
Individual Price (International) EUR 1,646
Individual Price(International in Dollars) USD 1,867
Location Nairobi, Kenya
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