Geocoding UK postcodes in ArcGIS

Say you did a survey and asked participants for their postcode, or you obtain secondary data in which locations are specified by postcode. Now you want to create a point on a map for each of your postcodes – in GIS jargon: you geocode your data. Continue reading “Geocoding UK postcodes in ArcGIS”


Using the Garmin GPSmap 62

Here at SEED we use the Garmin GPSmap 62 as our standard GPS device. All university staff and students can borrow one of the devices. This is a Quick Start guide for collecting data with this device. Continue reading “Using the Garmin GPSmap 62”

How to make LSOA and MSOA boundaries from UK Data Service align properly in ArcGIS

In the UK students and staff in Higher Education can get boundaries of Lower and Middle Layer Super Output Areas (MSOA / LSOA, a sort of census boundaries in the UK) from the UK Data Service Census Support. Continue reading “How to make LSOA and MSOA boundaries from UK Data Service align properly in ArcGIS”

ArcGIS tool of the day: Create Fishnet to subdivide an area

Yesterday I had these ArcGIS queries from users:

  • “I’d like a parcel to have a grid on it with each square measuring 2×3 meters….. is there a way of doing it other than manually?”
  • “I want to do random spatially stratified sampling and to delineate my strata I want to put a regular grid over the study area. How can I do that?”

Both these tasks can be solved with the Create Fishnet tool. This tool is suitable for zoning any area into regular rectangular divisions. Potential applications include:

  • creating Search and Rescue zones or assessment zones (thinking of MapAction)
  • create a systematic sampling grid
  • create a reference grid

A similar tool is the Grid Index Features tool, this is used to create an index layer for ArcGIS Data Driven Pages.