GIS (Geographic Information System) is a tool used to analyse the properties space and the potential relationships between objects and events. In essence, it is a set of functions to “map” and analyse the things that happen in space and time.


Download the data that you need from DIGIMAP Ordnance Survey Collection, Remember select only your interest area, sometimes data contains an amount of information bigger than your necessities.

Selection of data that you may need for starting:

  • Topography
  • OS Terrain 5 Contours
  • Building Heights
  • OS Terrain 5 DTM

Create a folder on your computer or on your USB stick, unzip all the data files and add to the Catalog.


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Drag the topography file inside your work space

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Open Properties of your file topography / Symbology /Categories / Unique Values/value filed / Select Theme and add all values so you are going to identify yours layers.


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If you want to identify for example, every single part in your map with “water” , you are going to click on your layer (in this case Topography) with right button, “OPEN ATTRIBUTE TABLE” , you will see all your characteristics about your layer. “SELECT BY ATTRIBUTES” and it will show a little table for “calculate” your future selection.

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“CREATE A NEW SELECTION” select “theme” (double click) “=” what you are going to looking for, Select “GET UNIQUE VALUES” and in this situation scroll the list and select “WATER” (double click too) and APPLY.


“CREATE A NEW SELECTION” select “theme” (double click) “=” what you are going to looking for, Select “GET UNIQUE VALUES” and in this situation scroll the list and select “WATER” (double click too) and APPLY.

You will have your complete selection of “WATER”, you are going to save your new layer and import inside your layers list.

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Rename your new layer and switch off your Main layer if you want to see your result.If you are satisfy about your result you can export it, printing in different formats or make a layout view adding elements.

EXPORT your data : FILE/ EXPORT MAP and you can choose your preferable format.

export data.jpglayout view scale bar.jpglayout view.jpgLayout View : VIEW/ LAYOUT VIEW and you can add by INSERT Legend or North ARROW, SCALE BAR/ click on them and choose the style the dimension, fonts.



ArcScene is an ARCGIS application that displays geographic information in three dimensions.

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Open your Arscene, IMPORT your file with ADD DATA , click with the right button of the mouse SCENE LAYERS from the TABLE OF CONTENTS, go to the SCENE PROPERTIES and where it say VERTICAL EXAGGERATION put a number between 2 and 5 and OK.

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Turn off the building heights for a second, bring the Elevation ( other data that you have been downloaded before). Go to the properties of the BUILDING HEIGHTS, BASE HEIGHTS and do the same with ELEVATION select FLOATING ON A COSTUM SURFACE and press ok.

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Another step for both is check inside the Layer PROPERTIES, RENDERING, check the box SHADE AREAL

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There the possibility to EXTRUDE our Heights of buildings so, select Extrude features in layer and type in value : “[relh2] *1.5”


If you can’t find your file because you have been closed before accidentally your work before make sure that everything was saved in the right folder you can REPAIR YOUR DATA.

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Animation movie: You can animate what have you done. Click right grey, choose animation, you hand up with this little panel. Click the camera, or use the FLY mode move your view and repeat for 3 or 4 time or more if you want. After that you are going to export your video.


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Final Animation:


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