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Civil Engineering Transportation GIS Workshop

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Add GPS Data

GPS data from Garmin devices in GPX format can be converted to an ArcGIS feature class or shapefile using the GPX To Features (Conversion) tool.

  1. Open ArcCatalog.
  2. Run GPX To Features (Conversion) Tool:
    • Input GPX File: LarchValley.gpx
    • Output Feature Class: LarchValley.shp
  3. Open ArcMap.
  4. Add Data: LarchValley.shp and Add Basemap: Topographic

Additional Information: How To: Convert Garmin GPS data to feature classes or shapefiles

Add XY Coordinate Data

  1. Open ArcMap. 
  2. Add tabular data (CityofCalgary_OpenData_TrafficIncidents_Archive2017.csv)
  3. Right click the tabular layer > Display XY Data:
    • Identify the columns that hold the x (longitude) and y (latitude) coordinates.
    • Specify the coordinate system (GCS_WGS_1984).
  4. Right click the Events layer > Export Data and specify output.
    • When prompt add layer to display.
  5. Right click on Layers > Properties > Coordinate System > Add Coordinate System > Import 
    • Navigate to and select Calgary_3TM_WGS_1984_W114.prj