The College of Engineering offers to students and faculty, ArcGIS.

ArcGIS is a software that allows you to analyze your data and author geographic knowledge to examine relationships, test predictions, and ultimately make better decisions.

PLATFORM

Windows Desktop computers and Citrix Xen Desktop.

WHO CAN USE THE SOFTWARE

ArcGIS is available for use in the computer labs and it is also available to be used on personal computers.

ACCESS TO SOFTWARE

In addition to computer labs and Citrix Xen Desktop, students and faculty with ENGINEERING Windows desktop computers can install ArcGIS via "Software Center", found in the start menu.

Students can request/order ArcGIS for their personal computer from the OSU software page here: http://is.oregonstate.edu/accounts-support/software/user-workstation-software/arcgis.

  • A 1-year activation code will be given to the student - if the software is required for more than 1 year, additional requests will need to be made at the end of that 1 year.

ACCESS TO ONLINE PORTAL AND SUPPORT

ArcGIS has several online resources to help with using the software here: http://doc.arcgis.com/en/arcgis-online/.

There are help blogs and forums, training courses, tutorial videos and technical support.

ArcGIS and Python

ArcGIS installs its own build of Python 2.7 as part of its installation. With this installation of Python, the PYTHONHOME and PYTHONPATH in the computer's enviornmental variables are changed to "C:\Python27\ArcGIS10.2\" for PYTHONHOME and "C:\Python27\ArcGIS10.2\lib" for PYTHONPATH.

ArcGIS Version Python Version
ArcGIS 10.2.x Python 2.7.5
ArcGIS 10.2 Python 2.7.3
ArcGIS 10.1 Python 2.7.2
ArcGIS 10 Python 2.6.5

TIPS & TRICKS

  • The version of Python installed with ArcGIS is specific to the program and shouldn't be modified. Additional Python installations on the same computer will may break ArcGIS and will not function properly.
  • Be sure to enable extensions before using them. Customize -> Extensions
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